Re: [cc65] abc music specification

From: Ullrich von Bassewitz <>
Date: 2004-12-09 14:57:39

On Thu, Dec 09, 2004 at 09:19:36AM +0200, Karri Kaksonen wrote:
> If we develop a abc-driver I suggest that we try to be close to this
> tutorial. Perhaps it could even be called the specs for the abc module.

Beware: There is no sense in choosing a spec before it is clear that the spec
can be implemented on all important platforms without major problems. I would
prefer studing the different platforms, determine their abilities, and then
come up with a spec that can be implemented by a large subset. Choosing a spec
by its features without looking at the platforms where this spec will have to
be implemented won't give satisfying results.

So before agreeing to the specs as base for music within cc65, I would like to
get some comments from people programming for other platforms. My personal
feeling is that the format is rather complex, and even platforms like the C64
(which has a quite capable sound chip) won't be able to support all of it.
Plus, the spec is not free, you need permission to use it. The advantage of
the format is that it's a somewhat official spec, so music would be portable
even on non cc65 platforms. And, that it seems to be quite capable.

I think I will ask on the mailing list about comments, if this is ok with you.



Ullrich von Bassewitz                        
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