Re: Musical symbols

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Wed Mar 22 2006 - 18:19:31 CST

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    > Rick suggested offline that any of the characters from the 2300 block be
    > used, something I find about as satisfactory as using # for musical
    > sharp - except in the sense that the code would effectively be a
    > shorthand for a more complicated drawing operation, i.e. not be rendered
    > via a font, but the layout system would draw two lines of the
    > appropriate dimentions at right angles. There are some instances in
    > mathematical layout where the character code really acts as a meta
    > command for decorating expressions. Perhaps this is such a case.

    I think Rick is correct. The clear choice here are the
    corner brackets: U+2308..U+230B, LEFT CEILING, LEFT FLOOR, etc.

    Note that *many* of the musical symbols, when used in musical
    layout on staffs, are simply "placeholders" for the symbol,
    used in complex drawing operations that may morph them in
    many ways when actually rendered.

    If you look at the example provided by Simon Montagu, it seems
    clear to me that the corner brackets are appropriate placeholder
    symbols in this case. And they are no more unsatisfactory than
    the use of ASCII 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to indicate fingering symbols.


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