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Re: [Gnu-music-discuss] how to scale lily's output?

From: Timothy S. Nelson
Subject: Re: [Gnu-music-discuss] how to scale lily's output?
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 10:18:55 +1100 (EST)

On Mon, 18 Sep 2000, Werner Icking wrote:

> > Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 15:50:46 +0200 (CEST)
> > From: David Ondreka <address@hidden>
> > On Mon, 18 Sep 2000, Mats Bengtsson wrote:
> > 
> > > Doesn't 
> > > \include ""
> > > give note heads that are large enough?
> > > 
> > No, unfortunately not. They are supposed to be of the size of a cherry
> > stone, approximately. It's for children aged four or five years...
> MusiXTeX has 29pt noteheads. BUT:
> When one of our daughters was very young something small was
> lost on the floor. When my wife was looking for it my
> daugther said: Mama, I'll look for it, I've smaller eyes
> which fit better into the small holes (fissure? rift?) of

        Since you're asking, I'd use "cracks" :).  

> the floor.
> Why do you think that 26 (pt?) isn't enough.
> I have sometimes the impression that things are made bigger
> for small children to make "more pages for less money".
> Maybe I'm wrong.

        According to the book "Teach Your Baby to Read" (Glenn? Doman),
children's eyes take a while to develop in some ways (until 6), and that the
only reason that 3-year-olds couldn't be taught to read was that the writing
in normal books is too small.  It's a fascinating book :).  
        If you recall, Marshall McLuhan claims that the development of modern
technology is the result of the modern visually-oriented man, and that the
visually oriented man was created by the printing press (repeatable, identical
type).  See "The Gutenberg Galaxy" for details (I don't pretend to understand
the book, but I picked up bits and pieces).  The difference between a
manuscript culture and a visual culture can be seen in the astonishment of
Augustine when he discovered that Ambrose could read ... without moving his
lips! ( :) ).  Apparently, people in manuscript cultures usually read aloud,
or at least moved their lips, when they read things.  This would probably
help explain why they could remember a lot.  Augustine suggested that Ambrose
had developed this talent because he had a weak voice.  
        Anyway, looks like I've gotten off track again.  But hopefully I've
supported the "large print" idea.  Of course, it's also nice to give children
the smallest print they can comfortably read, so as to help develop their eyes
:).  And, it also depends at what distance they're reading.  

        Just my $AU0.02 worth (which is about $US0.011 at the moment).  


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