[MEI-L] Bracketed Lines in MEI

Andrew Hankinson andrew.hankinson at mail.mcgill.ca
Wed Sep 30 23:24:47 CEST 2015

Hi Eleanor,

Thank you for responding. Perhaps it would be helpful if I could give the full context of why I'm asking: The common use of this symbol is, indeed, to signify a ligature, and it's even what it's supposed to be doing in the particular example I posted.

However, I'm looking to translate this score from Sibelius (which is the environment I'm in) to MEI. As such, I don't think I can assume that everywhere a bracket like this occurred it "meant" a ligature, especially given the range of brackets one may encounter in this software:

This is why I hope to use the more generic "line" element to represent this particular graphic, and am looking for a way to represent its start and end points without also giving it any particular meaning.

That said, one of the modifications I hope to work on soon is the translation of common editorial idioms from Sibelius into editorial markup, e.g., assuming notes under a group are ligatures, or assuming that a sharp symbol above the staff is a ficta, and marking it up as such in the MEI. This would be an option that a person would enable when they exported their file to MEI, but for now I'm focusing on just getting the symbols encoded.

Thanks again,

> On Sep 30, 2015, at 4:59 PM, Eleanor Selfridge-Field <esfield at stanford.edu> wrote:
> Hi, Andrew,
> This is a ligature (the three notes were connected in the original notation).
> The ligature element (http://music-encoding.org/documentation/2.1.1/ligature/ <http://music-encoding.org/documentation/2.1.1/ligature/>) should work.
> Eleanor
> From: mei-l [mailto:mei-l-bounces at lists.uni-paderborn.de <mailto:mei-l-bounces at lists.uni-paderborn.de>] On Behalf Of Andrew Hankinson
> Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:42 PM
> To: Music Encoding Initiative
> Subject: [MEI-L] Bracketed Lines in MEI
> Hello all,
> I'm looking at the following:
> <image001.png>
> It seems that the best element to use in this case would be 'line'; however, the line element currently does not support durational attributes (@dur, @dur.ges, @tstamp, @tstamp2) or positional (@staff, @layer, @place). 
> Is there a better element to use for this object, or should a modification be proposed for the schema?
> Many thanks,
> -Andrew
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