[LAU] Simple, fast, easy notation software?

David Baron d_baron at 012.net.il
Fri Aug 21 02:53:13 EDT 2009

>ASCII falls flat ...

More on ABC

Abc is the old university unix standard for coding music. It was all in 7-bit 
ascii, email and junk-printer safe. It was suitable for single staff (lead 
sheets like we were discussing), chords and English lyrics. This made it most 
suitable for English and Celtic folk music and there are tens of thousands of 
tunes in archives in various universities.

The ABC being discussed here is a front-end for abc coding. To bring this old 
standard into the 21th century, it needed UTF8 for lyrics in the language of 
one's choice and mutlitple staves. So there is an abc2 standard. Much of this 
is implemented in this program and in noteedit as well.

I have not tried it--I should. Let you know my reactions...

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