Hi, Chris and all,
the other day I published "yet another" gratis Midi-to-Abc converter, called MidiZyx2abc. The distinguishing mark is to allow the users to use their favourite MIDI sequencer to add certain text marks to their MIDI files (typically large scores
), which are then translated to ABC bells and whistles.
Please mention this software in your lists, and try it out if interested. The URL is http://www.midicond.de/Freeware/index_en.html
The following questions about the standard have arisen from this work; can you either answer them or point me to the answer? (I would not like to join the Yahoo group for fear of spam and profiling.):
When abcm2ps encounters a line of notes ending with a backslash
, it breaks the printed lines according to its own calculation, which is normally desirable. If however a line does not end with a backslash, abcm2ps breaks the printed line immediately. First question: Is this actually the standard? If not, what is?
Secondly, abcm2ps expects any lyrics line (w:) directly after the corresponding note line, even if the latter ends with a backslash, whereas the example in the "Standard" document suggest otherwise. Is that a typo or misunderstanding, and is there perhaps room for compromise? How do other tools interpret the continuation marks?
MidiZyx2abc will certainly continue to support abcm2ps users including myself (actually I plug MidiZyx2abc into the ABCexplorer in lieu of midi2abc). In case there is a considerable demand for a different behaviour, described precisely, I will include a switch to support it alternatively.
I would be glad to read your comments and ideas here, if permitted. Otherwise, would someone please start a thread on Yahoo quoting, or linking to, my post here? Those who prefer to mail me will find an address on the homepage. Thanks in advance for your involvement.