> The suggestion for abc2___ drivers sounds great. I fully agree that the abc
> format is preferable over anything else out there, so if we can stick to
> just storing those files, we should. However, as John Barrett's post just
> demonstrated again, it is _VERY_ frustrating and time-consuming to set up
> all the myriad software to convert abc tunes to audible or visible music.
> I've probably spent close to 100 hours to date figuring all this out.
> And now that I've finally got sbTeX3.8 and MusicTeX working, I've discovered
> that the MSDOS executable version of ABC2MTEX doesn't even work. Chris
> Walshaw (its author) is on that at the moment. I think that fact shows how
> many people have made it even this far.
> The only problem I foresee with abc2___ drivers which convert abc tunes to
> printable files is that there is a far greater variety of printers in the
> world than there is a variety of systems (MSDOS, Macintosh, UNIX, VMS. . .)
> With the .dvi archive proposal, one only would need a .dvi package like
> DVIWIN for each system (I believe they already exist for all common systems).
> And we would have to depend on TeX-perts out there to convert the abc tunes
> to .dvi files for us. Which is something I'd rather leave to them anyway,
> now that I've read all the documentation of the various packages and
> programming languages involved in that process.
The biggest problem I see with abc2___ drivers is that of linebreaking.
MusicTeX uses the TeX typesetting facilities so to space out the notes to
fill out lines and overflow as necessary. This would be *difficult*.
> Maybe before we go any further, I should reveal an important fact I
> discovered reading the ABC2MTEX manual: the output of ABC2MTEX requires
> editing before processing by TeX. (because of understandable limitations/
> imperfections in ABC2MTEX) In other words, anyone who wants to use it
> better know how to edit a TeX file. That is, we're being asked to learn
> some of the TeX programming language. If not others as well. Luckily for
> me I'm comfortable writing MSDOS batch files, or I'd never have got this
Did I say this? What I think I did say was that if you want to
publish a tune book, you might have to edit the TeX a little to make it
a little more beautiful. However, the output does not *require* any
editing - I never do any myself!
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