Style Sheet


This page contains the style sheet for this encyclopedia.

Name1 Language1
Name2 Language2 ?
Name3 (unknown)
Name4 Language1/Language2
Name5 Language1, Language2
Name6 Language1
Name7 Language2

Each entry file begins with a list of synonymous stop names. Synonymous names share the same entry file; for example Cymbal and Zimbel are described on the same page, since they are two names for the same stop. “Same stop” means that there are no significant differences in the pitch, tone or construction implied by the different names.

If there are more than three entry names, the names are arranged in two columns, unless the names are too long to permit formatting in two columns. If the number of names is odd, the left-hand column contains one more entry than the right column. All things being equal, the names are arranged in alphabetical order, but the order may be modified to improve formatting.

The language of origin appears after each name. If the language is suspected but not certain, a question mark follows the language. If the name belongs to more than one language, the languages are listed separated by commas. If the name is a combination of languages, the languages are separated by forward slashes. If the language is totally unknown, “(unknown)” appears in place of the language name.

The more important or common names are listed first, formatted using the HTML tag <font size=+3><b>. The less important or less common names (if any) are listed second, formatted using the HTML tag <font size=+2><b>. The language is in plain text. The HTML tag  <!--NAMES-->  must appear immediately before the first name, or immediately before the table containing the names.


Each entry file should contain the following information, if possible:


Mixtures should have a Composition section containing examples of the mixture's composition. Each rank in the mixture should be specified using interval notation (e.g. “17”) rather than by speaking length (e.g. “1-3/5'”), with the exception of non-breaking mixtures (i.e. cornets), which may be specified either way. Each composition example is formatted in a table so that identically pitched ranks line up vertically, and the sections of compass are arranged with the higher pitches on top. For example:

Cymbal V
c2 to c415812151922
c1 to b1 8121519222629
C to B 12151922262933
CC to BB 15192226293336


All stop names should be hyperlinked to their entry files, with the following exceptions:


If a quotation is less than approximately two lines in length, it appears in the running text, enclosed with double quotes. For example: “this is an example of a short quotation”. If a quotation is more than approximately two lines in length, it appears as a separate section using the HTML <blockquote> element. For example:

This is an example of a longer quotation that spans more than two lines. In all quotations, the originally typography is maintained as much as possible. The main exception to this rule is that stopnames are rendered as hyperlinks, subject to the rules for hyperlinks described above.

All quotations should be credited in the Bibliography section, described below.


Don't use them, period.


Every entry file has a section called “Examples”, except where examples are cited in quotations and no other examples are known. If no examples at all are known, the body of the section should read as follows (but not in a blockquote):

None known. Contributions welcome.

If examples are known, then up to five examples should be given. Each example should be enclosed in the HTML tag <p class=example>, and should have the following format:

StopName pitch, division; location (church, etc.), city, state/province, country; builder year.


All pictures must be cross-referenced on the main Illustrations page. Each image file should be rendered at 75 dpi in a size reasonable for inclusion on the entry page. This picture is a hyperlink to the same image rendered at 300 dpi. All images should be GIF or JPEG format. GIF is preferred for line drawings; JPEG is preferred for photographs.


The final section of each entry file is a Bibliography. Each source is a hyperlink to the master Bibliography page, followed by entry names, chapter numbers, or page numbers, as appropriate. Multiple citations for a single source are separated by semicolons. Each source description ends with a period.

If a source is used only for a very few entries, it can be listed in full in the entries' bibliographies, rather than on the master Bibliography page.


Each file ends with a horizontal rule, followed by the HTML tag  <!--FOOTER-->  followed by a hyperlinked copyright notice, the name of the file, the date it was last updated, and links to the encyclopedia's home page and full index.

If the entry was written by a guest author, it should contain a separate copyright notice, appropriate to the author, rather than the standard one.


Files which are neither normal entry files nor appendices must contain the HTML tag  <!--AUXFILE-->  somewhere in the file.

Copyright © 1999 Edward L. Stauff, all rights reserved.
StyleSheet.html - Last updated 26 January 2002.
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