How to Add Beams to Notes

Stötzner Signographie via Unicode unicode at
Mon May 1 15:53:33 CDT 2017

Bad news, I’m afraid.
What is the intended usage of your font? Music score applications? others? The overall problem with musical notation is, there is no comprehensive character encoding standard and no generally working text and layout composing method established. In the light of that fact it is hopeless to make fonts for this. The fonts are not the problem (yes they are, there is no solid encoding scheme available), but the lack of composing syntax is the crux you’ll hardly overcome.
If you need to cater for a specific usage scenario you’ll end up with a complete hack anyway (however it may look like, doesn’t matter). 
Good luck!

A. Stötzner
(Musical notation project)

Am 01.05.2017 um 21:12 schrieb Michael Bear via Unicode:

> I am trying to make a music notation font. It will use the Musical Symbols block in Unicode (1D100-1D1FF), but, since that block has a bad rep for not being very complete, I added some extra characters in the unmapped positions of that block (e.g. U+1D127 inverts the stem of the previous note, U+1D1E9 is a ledger line, U+1D1EA is the "TAB" clef, U+1D1F0-U+1D1FC position the note along the staff, etc.) I've had no problem so far, but now I need to do beamed notes. The Unicode block has control characters for beginning and ending a series of beamed notes (U+1D173 and U+1D174, respectively), but I'm not really sure how to add beams to the notes while keeping the pitch intact. I know I'll obviously need OpenType for this. Slanted beams would be preferred, but straight beams are acceptable. It will need to support beams added on for longer notes. Can someone help me with this?
> I had asked this on a High Logic Font Creator forum (here), and someone said to subscribe to your mailing list and ask you guys. So here I am! Anyway, help, please?
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