pml wrote:IMSLP is a score library repository. The primary goal is usable sheet music, and the de facto standard is PDF. I would argue that anything that gets submitted in any other format, without a matching PDF, is unacceptable.
pml wrote:I am happy of course if contributors wish to supply extra source files for typesets, such as .ly, .sib, .mus, .tex, .mup, etc. etc. etc. As several people have said, these are often useful (e.g. meeting a need fro transposition or re-arrangement). However, a source file without a PDF to go with it, is in my view useless, to the 95% of visitors to the website who won't have the ability to use that particular format.
pml wrote:I also have to apologise in advance for giving offence, if I record my strong disagreement with kcleung's opinion about having the "courage to typeset". Who do you think is going to re-typeset, e.g., a thousand pages of a Tchaikovsky ballet score or a Wagner opera? Even if you did, who is going to proof-read it? I have been typesetting music at an amateur standard, and occasionally to professional standard, for most of this decade, and I can say with certainty that my own work is mostly "amateur". Why?
Don't get me wrong.... If there is an existing score, of course why re-typeset it? However in orchestral music, in many case you can only get the full score, but not the parts. This is particularly true in Chinese symphonic works, which become out of print very quickly and not reprinted. You are damn lucky if you manage to source the full score. Many orchestras resort to hand-copy the orchestral parts from the full score. Yeah, amateur re-typesetting is prone to errors, but it is *much more accurate and efficient than hand-copying!
I believe most of you (include pml) would prefer lilypond re-typeset than hand-copying scores or making every orchestral player read full score and be very busy at page turning. Moreoever if you retypest, you can give the source code (and of course the pdf files) away and others can be benefitted. This is one of the special case where re-typesetting a printed work (in full score only, no parts available) is justified.
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