[MEI-L] Problems encoding CMN

Andrew Hankinson andrew.hankinson at mail.mcgill.ca
Thu Jan 26 22:57:10 CET 2017

Hi Daniel,

You've (perhaps unknowingly) stumbled on one of the core tenets of MEI -- the separation of the semantic and the symbol.

In MEI, you wouldn't encode the brackets; you would rather encode the function of the brackets, and leave it to a renderer to deal with adding the brackets around it. 

There are many 'semantic' places where you may see a bracket ('semantic' here is in reference to the function of the encoding in describing intent, rather than describing appearance). You could, for example, use elements such as 'supplied,' 'sic/corr', or 'orig/reg' to describe why the accidental should be drawn in brackets in an MEI-aware renderer. 

The same applies to your ligature question. You wouldn't place a line above a staff in MEI to indicate a ligature; you would instead find a way to encode the grouping of these notes into a ligature. It will then be up to the renderer to display that with a line above.


> On Jan 26, 2017, at 10:40 PM, Daniel Alles <DanielAlles at stud.uni-frankfurt.de> wrote:
> New day, new questions - I hope this will get better soon...
> Dear all,
> is there a possibility to encode an accidental in brackets (if possible above the staff)? I use them in my transcription of mensural notation to indicate where I think might be missing one but should be there. The Guidelines only mention "regular" accidentals (without brackets).
> How can I use brackets (in CMN) above the staff to indicate a ligature in the MN-source? And what about coloration in the source? For that I normaly use half brackets (see attached PDF). How can I encode something similar?
> I hope, someone can help me with that.
> Best regards,
> Daniel
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