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Wrinkles OK, OK, Finally I did it. Wadayatink? (28) RE: OK, OK, Finally I did it. Wadayatink? 15 Oct 08

Ah Nick_ , I know about the "pre" tag, it's how I do chord diagrams and tablature.

Drop D Chords

D Major G Major
E--2---   --3---
B--3---   --3---
G--2--    --0---
D--0---   --0---
A--0---   --2---
D--0---   --0---

However, both thee and Susan are assuming I'd want to follow common practice and put the chords over the words: wrong.

I'm a trained typographer of the old school and know about hand/brain/eye co-ordination and how to best take advantage of that to communicate information. Susan's linear solution is psycologicaly the most efficient way to impart the information, however the use of brackets counteract all the advantages of a linear format by creating the occular equivalent of a kick in the teeth.

In Printing the "work-around" solution was to put chords over the words. While the tune is still being learned, chords above the words actually hinder the learning process. That "band-aid" solution has hung about and over into the computer era. In spite of the fact there's been no need for it since the 4-colour process became low cost.

The old internet days, when you could print/display in any colour you liked as long as it was the terminal's default, are now long gone, so a colour solution presents itself; chords in one colour (tint/light)and lyrics in another (shade/dark). In this manner the chords are where they should be for maximum efficency; slightly before the word they act upon, yet the brain can "switch" them off once the tune is learned.

The best typography never shouts "look at me!" "Ain't this cool!", rather it manipulates the reader without them ever being aware of it: and that takes effort.

As me old prof used to say "If you take in the layout, the typeface, or the design, before you take in the content, then it is at best bad typograhy and at worst inconsiderate to the reader.".

HTML, Hypertext, offer new solutions to old problems, problems so old that only old farts like me remeber them! I'd like to think there's still enough life in me to learn new skills and enough respect for the reader to be aware of their problems and seek to solve them.

Now, if I could only conquer the dyslexia! I spent a whole day wondering why "<"c stlye="clour:red"">" wasn't working!

founder member of DAM
(Mothers Against Dyslexia)

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