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Separating presentation and content in MEI

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Pugin Laurent, Kepper J., Roland P., Hartwig M. , Hankinson A.,
Project Printed Sacred Music in Europe, 1500-1800: Switzerland and the Alpine Region as Crossroads of Production, Circulation and Reception of Catholic Musical Repertoire
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Proceedings of the 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference 2012
Editor , unknown
Publisher unknown, Porto
Page(s) 505 - 510
ISBN unknown
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference 2012

Abstract

Common western music notation is traditionally organized on staves that can be grouped into systems. When multiple systems appear on a page, they are arranged from the top to the bottom of the page, similar to lines of words in a text document. Encoding music notation documents for printing requires this arrangement to be captured. However, in the music notation model proposed by the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI), the hierarchy of the XML sub-tree representing the music emphasizes the content rather than the layout. Since systems and pages do not coincide with the musical content, they are encoded in a secondary hierarchy that contains very limited information. In this paper, we present a complementary solution for augmenting the level of detail of the layout of musical documents; that is, the layout information can be encoded in a separate sub-tree with cross-references to other elements holding the musical content. The major advantage of the proposed solution is that it enables multiple layout descriptions, each describing a different visual instantiation of the same musical content.
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