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Re: feasibilty question: simple GUI for web-based Lilypond instance

From: Jonas Hahnfeld
Subject: Re: feasibilty question: simple GUI for web-based Lilypond instance
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:50:14 +0200
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Am Freitag, den 23.10.2020, 10:34 +0200 schrieb Jean Abou Samra:
> Le 23/10/2020 à 02:45, Kieren MacMillan a écrit :
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I’m teaching a musical theatre creation course at a college. I’ve been 
> > teaching the course for about 4 years, but the philosophy recently changed 
> > from one where I was a co-creator with the students (and hence did all of 
> > the engraving for our collaborative songs) to a more traditional 
> > instructor-student setup (where the students are now expected to generate 
> > their own scores).
> > 
> > The ~25 students in the class need to engrave their own music; but they’re 
> > starving students/artists, and we aren’t going to ask them to buy licenses 
> > for any engraving app. (Of course, if they already have something, or 
> > evolve to the point they need to buy one, that would be up to them!)
> > 
> > Looking at the ecosystem of “free” music engraving applications (e.g., 
> > NoteFlight, MuseScore, Dorico SE), I realise that what is really lacking is 
> > a web-accessible engraving application with a [Javascript?] GUI, capable of 
> > generating reasonably simple but attractive scores of relatively limited 
> > complexity (e.g., piano-vocal scores with chords) and supporting 
> > collaborative editing over the network — think with a GUI. 
> > Especially given how much education has moved — and will likely now remain 
> > — online, I see this gap as a real opportunity to potentially promote 
> > Lilypond in education.
> > 
> > How difficult would it be to build a “Quick Note Entry” GUI that could work 
> > on a served copy of Lilypond?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Kieren.
> > ________________________________
> > 
> > Kieren MacMillan, composer (he/him/his)
> > ‣ website:
> > ‣ email:
> Hi Kieren,
> As far as I know, this would be rather hard. However, you could have
> a look at It's text-based, but there's a note
> entry mode with a little GUI. If you ask the author very kindly,
> you might obtain some functionality for collaborative editing.

Proper collaboration tools aren't easy either, but there are solutions
like Etherpad. It's open and can be enhanced with plugins, so would a
collaborative text editor with a (possibly autorefreshing) preview from
LilyPond constitute as a GUI for your scenario? No autocompletion
though and no GUI like


> If that aspect is more important than GUI note entry, another option
> would be to host an OverLeaf instance on your college's server
> (see, install LilyPond
> and the lyLuaTeX package there, and use with LuaLaTeX.
> Best,
> Jean

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