On Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:34:55 +0100, Julian Voelcker wrote:
>On Wed, 28 Aug 2002 08:55:49 -0700, Owen Briggs wrote:
>Thanks for that, I realise that it's slightly off topic, but thought
>that someone might have been able to do something clever to display as
>html with a special font and some css (grasping at straws!).
Special fonts (even if embedded or made available for download)
will not work in some browsers - Opera for one.
Old style "special fonts" rely on character substitution: for example
a minim on the middle bar of a stave might be represented by the letter
"j" in the page source (within an element with the font-family set to
your special font). But a strict unicode browser says "The author asked for
a lower-case j, in this font if possible. Oops, this font doesn't contain
a lower-case j, I will substitute one from my fallback font" - the glyph
declared in the source has precedence over the font declared. This already
causes problems for people trying to use dingbats and symbols. The forward
-looking soluton (use the unicode numeric entity in the source) isn't
backwards compatible, and not everyone has modern versions of fonts which
actually declare what unicode ranges they support.
I've just searched through the Unicode charts and there doesn't seem to be
any support for Musical Notation, which seems to rule out any text-based
One possibility to look at might be SVG. It's non-proprietary and support
is improving steadily.
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