preliminary proposal: New Unicode characters for Arabic music half-flat and half-sharp symbols
Ken Whistler via Unicode
unicode at unicode.org
Tue May 15 17:48:14 CDT 2018
On 5/15/2018 2:46 PM, Markus Scherer via Unicode wrote:
> I am proposing the addition of 2 new characters to the Musical
> Symbols table:
> - the half-flat sign (lowers a note by a quarter tone)
> - the half-sharp sign (raises a note by a quarter tone)
> In an actual proposal, I would expect a discussion of whether you are
> proposing to encode established symbols, or whether you are proposing
> new symbols to be adopted by the community (in which case Unicode
> would probably wait & see if they get established).
> A proposal should also show evidence of usage and glyph variations.
And should probably refer to the relationship between these signs and
U+1D132 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE SHARP
U+1D133 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE FLAT
which are also half-sharp or half-flat accidentals.
The wiki on flat signs shows this flat with a crossbar, as well as a
reversed flat symbol, to represent the half-flat.
And the wiki on sharp signs shows this sharp minus one vertical bar to
represent the half-sharp.
So there may be some use of these signs in microtonal notation, outside
of an Arabic context, as well. See:
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