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want to use arrows in my lyrics

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:28 am
by DougMudd

New member. I am using the lyrics cabability of ABC to produce a 'tablature' of sorts for a chord playing harmonica I am building. I am doing OK just using standard characters (numbers and '+', '-', '<' and '>'). I have been using the online converter at and experimenting with fonts. My goal is to be able to use arrows and possibly other special symbols.

I used "%%font Symbol" and "%%setfont-1 Symbol" just the same way as I would for Helvetica, but did not get symbols. Here are my questions:

Is this a limitaion of this particular online service?
Is there a better one?
Is there any place where I can find examples of symbol type fonts being used in ABC?
Do I need to download the fonts myself and run" abcm2ps" from the command line?

Any education on this topic would be appreciated. Thanks.


Re: want to use arrows in my lyrics

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:36 pm
by Jon Freeman
We (folkinfo) are using abcm2ps (currently v 5.9.5) to produce the "scores". Looking through Guido Gonzato's ABC Plus reference (found at, it seems abcm2ps uses 34 of 35 standard PostScript fonts. Symbol is not one of them.

Re: want to use arrows in my lyrics

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:30 am
by hudsonlacerda
The standard symbols font in PostScript is ZaptDingbats. You need to declare it with %%font (at the beggining of the file) before using the font:

%%font ZapfDingbats native
%%vocalfont ZapfDingbats 13
w: @ x ^

Re: want to use arrows in my lyrics

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 12:22 pm
by feddd
Hey, look at this link:
There are a lot of information about ABC.