[MEI-L] dots on chords and rests

Johannes Kepper kepper at edirom.de
Wed Oct 14 10:54:20 CEST 2015

Dear list,

we're slightly puzzled by the encoding of dotted chords and rests for Beethovens Werkstatt. As we need to attach SVG shapes to our dots, we have to encode them as elements. When encoding a note, this is perfectly possible, using the <dot> child element within note. However, <dot> is not allowed within rest. With chords, a <dot> is also not allowed inside <chord>. Here, I understand the complications: If you put two <dot> elements inside a chord, it could mean that there is a separate dot for each of the two notes (duration * 1.5), or it could mean that it's a double-dotted chord (duration * 1.75). This means you have to put the <dot>s inside the child notes, which means that querying for durations is really a pain (you have to look for @dur on <chord>, and for <dot> inside the contained <note>).

I know it's possible to put the dot inside <layer>, but this weakens the connection between dot and the music event it belongs to in a rather severe way.

Opinions? Recommendations?

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