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5th Jul 2005 | 21:52

I've spent a fun evening getting to grips with Philip's Music Writer, the music typesetting software written by my esteemed colleague Philip Hazel. This is for the hymn music on the service sheet for our wedding. So far I have done hymn 2 and hymn 3. The result is quite nice, but the source files remind me strongly of the 1970s Bell Labs Unix typesetting utilities, especially because of the amount of fiddling you have to do to work around quirks in the source language.

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Matthew

from: emperor
date: 5th Jul 2005 22:16 (UTC)

Hm. I wonder if this would have been easier in some other music type-setting program.

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Rachel Coleman

from: rmc28
date: 6th Jul 2005 09:03 (UTC)

He hasn't spent that on it.

Actually, I'm more concerned that he's typset the right tune for 'Father Hear The Prayer We Offer' because I thought we settled on something else, and we need to include the tune you've been practicing!

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Matthew

from: emperor
date: 6th Jul 2005 09:49 (UTC)

eek! I thought Marching was what we'd agreed upon?

Having looked, my email seems to think that's what I thought after I came round to play hymn tunes at you, but maybe I'd become confused. Which are you thinking of?

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Rachel Coleman

from: rmc28
date: 6th Jul 2005 09:55 (UTC)

If you've been practicing Marching and Tony's typeset Marching, then all is well.

I had a panic that it was a different tune you'd been practicing.

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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate

from: _nicolai_
date: 6th Jul 2005 01:33 (UTC)

And in which decade, precisely, did the esteemed Dr Hazel learn the craft of computer programming?

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Andrew

from: nonameyet
date: 5th Sep 2005 07:01 (UTC)

TF>> I've spent a fun evening getting to grips with Philip's Music Writer,
TF>> ... The result is quite nice, but the source files remind me strongly
TF>> of the 1970s Bell Labs Unix typesetting utilities

NP> And in which decade, precisely, did the esteemed Dr Hazel learn the
NP> craft of computer programming?

I could be wrong, but I *thought* it was the sixties.

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