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    Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    I'm really impressed with what Gary Garritan is working on, and it has inspired me to look into something...

    Is there any web browser plugin that displays sheet music? I mean something that parses some markup language (such as XML) and renders it? I know I can use Finale, Overture, Sibelius, etc to create a sheet and then convert it to a graphics file to be displayed, but I'm more interested in something that can be done on the fly...

    (For you tech-types, I'm working with PHP, and I was thinking it would be really cool to deliver tutorials via dynamically generated pages that could display music notation.)

    Is there anything out there, or do I need to invent the wheel?

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    I'd love to see an XSLT for MusicXML - maybe you could look those folks up to see what they're doing?
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    What about Sibelius Scorch?

    D

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    Maybe Gary could tell us how he did it

    Peace

    rikp

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    I'd go for GIF. It's the most efficient for black and white graphics. You can then use it in Flash or dynamic web pages as needed. Best of all, it works in all browsers.

    -JF

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daryl
    What about Sibelius Scorch?

    D
    ++ This has all the controls and display capability you need.

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    I prefer PDF.
    There are some free PDF printer driver on the market (e.g. PDF reDIRECT).
    Works fine.
    Everyone has installed an Acrobat Reader.

    :-) Jovan
    the man with the blue guitar

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    Quote Originally Posted by rikp
    Maybe Gary could tell us how he did it
    I thought about how we could offer this and considered various programs. Scorch, Finale Notepad and others were considered and we also looked into providing song files. The problem is that not everyone has the same program or the same computing platform. It was important that we had one standard that everyone could use. It was decided to use flash since it is universal and everyone would share the same experience. Robert sequnced all the examples and Sean did the tedious work of animating the scores and bringing the examples to life.

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    I'd go for GIF. It's the most efficient for black and white graphics.
    Yes, that was my first consideration. There are tools out there that I can use to generate GIF and/or PNG files on the fly from my web server. The real question comes down to how to convert from the mark up to the GIF file in real time. Maybe I'll hack on Lilypond for a bit...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daryl
    What about Sibelius Scorch?
    I just downloaded that. It looks very interesting!

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    Re: Displaying music notation in online courses...?

    Quote Originally Posted by rikp
    Maybe Gary could tell us how he did it
    Looks like he took a scanned image and a GPO audio file and used Flash to present them...

    EDIT: Ooops, I see Gary posted while I got a cup of coffee in the middle of writing my post...

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