On the subject of abc2mtex, I think the best thing that could be done
would be for someone to write something that will turn abc2mtex files
directly into PostScript files, without all the hassle of having to go
through MusicTeX, TeX and whatever.
The whole idea of having to deal with TeX, MusicTeX, *and* abc2mtex
just so we can print out a couple lines of music seems to me like
using a rocket launcher to kill roaches.
Not that I am knocking abc2mtex. It's a fantastic idea, and
definitely the best thing I've seen so far. It also sets a fine
standard for sending music notation over the net. But in my opinion,
the whole pile of stuff necessary to print out a simple tune is far
too cumbersome. MusicTeX has thousands of features we will most
likely never use, and MusicTeX uses only a small portion of the total
TeX functionality. This means that those people out there that
are installing TeX and MusicTeX on their PCs will be literally wasting
megabytes of disk space on something they never use.
How difficult would it be to write a program to translate abc2mtex
files directly into PostScript? I confess to knowing nothing of the
PostScript language myself, but I would be willing to help code such a
beast up if I could.
--Georgi (who is getting frustrated, being on a UNIX system that
doesn't support TeX or any or it's derivatives)