preliminary proposal: New Unicode characters for Arabic music half-flat and half-sharp

Michael Everson everson at
Sun Mar 29 16:39:09 CDT 2015

On 29 Mar 2015, at 22:02, Garth Wallace <gwalla at> wrote:

> Wouldn't it be easier just to change the example glyphs for U+1D132 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE SHARP and U+1D133 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE FLAT? The ones currently in the charts do not appear to be in common use.

It would be better to let the symbols be used as intended to be drawn. Documenting such widely varied “glyph variation” would not end up serving the user community, I think. 

> The most common symbol for the quarter tone flat, from what I've gathered, is a reversed flat sign. Some composers use the flat with stroke. One potential complication: AIUI the Arel-Ezgi-Uzdilek system for notating Turkish music, which divides each whole tone into nine koma, uses both, along with a few altered sharps.

Have you references? 

This topic may be a little obscure for the general list; we can take it offline.

Michael Everson *

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