The conclusion of Should we agree on requesting ABC music markup now, unequivocally? seems to be a resounding Yes. As such, I would like to present our case to SE and see if we can get this done. And for that, I want to demonstrate more than just that we want it — I want to show that we need it.

So, which posts would gain the biggest benefit from this? Which posts make it clear that something is lacking in this area? Please include your rationale for each post.

I have submitted a request to SE. Now we wait.

Link to the ABC.js project: https://github.com/paulrosen/abcjs

And see How could ABC notation be embedded in our posts' Markdown?

List of all related discussions: https://music.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/linked/2460?sort=newest

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    Could you add a link to the library and an example of what the markup would look like in the context of Markdown? Is there a particular delimiter that would make sense? ($ is often a good choice.) Are there any dependencies that this would drag in? Basically, can you help make it easier for a developer to investigate? May 10, 2016 at 21:35
  • @JonEricson Added a link. It relies on Raphael (which it seems to package with itself anyways) and jQuery. I'll ask someone more familiar with it to address the question about Markdown.
    – user28
    May 10, 2016 at 21:47
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    @JonEricson Good examples of markup at abcnotation.com/examples. The $ delimiter would work as it is not a special character. The list of special characters in ABC can be found at abcnotation.com/wiki/abc:standard:v2.1#text_strings I am also a web developer so technical questions can be directed to me and I'd be happy to beta-test.
    – empty
    May 10, 2016 at 22:25
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    @JonEricson I posted something on delimiters in another question. Tl;dr: I'd advocate using $$ ... $$. May 10, 2016 at 22:42

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Here's just a short list of what I found searching the site for 20 minutes. Most of the examples, people had to take a screen shot of what they were explaining or just put the note letters instead of visualizing the music.

And from the first page of questions :

There were another 3 on the first page that might have benefited from being able to write notation, but these were the clearest cases.


We specifically allow analysis questions, but require (or at least strongly encourage) such questions to include a score of the section under question. See, for example, Dom's answer here: Criteria for allowed analysis of specific music.

In this case, analysis questions would benefit hugely from the ability to textually specify notation directly.


ABC notation is particularly useful when describing chord choices and substitutions with regard to melody or when describing note choices as they relate to chords.

For example, in my answers the OP would have benefited significantly from ABC in the following answers:

and then questions like this would benefit from ABC as a matter of course: - How to write music using standard notation / Finding key


I would be happy to explain specific practicing exercises with notations. It's a little clunky using words but can be easy to remember and execute when seen as notation.

Questions asking for detailed execution descriptions such as a position changes need to express which finger is where on the fingerboard, and notation convey this expression in a faster and clearer way.

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