Mudcat Café message #3931960 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #164277   Message #3931960
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
19-Jun-18 - 03:34 PM
Thread Name: ABC versus Standard Notation
Subject: RE: ABC versus Standard Notation
LilyPond is an old music typesetting utility and its input language. Nowadays it competes against other inexpensive methods of input, often found easier to use, and a file format MusicXML that is much more sophisticated (being relieved of the burden of easy editability by a human user).

ABC, in contrast, was designed as a music definition language. Typesetting is considered secondary, thus (last time I checked) it does not cater for many details of layout. It is well suited for sharing tunes and simple arrangements on Mudcat. When I want perfect sheet music from an existing ABC source, I import it to my wysiwyg software via abc2xml for a "final" touch.