[Vorbis] Indices and totals

Mark Doll doll at tm.uka.de
Mon Jul 11 01:47:14 PDT 2005

Hi Ross!

Ross Levis wrote:
> This was discussed a couple of years ago and a few of us decided to use 
> TRACKTOTAL for storing the total number of tracks in an album.  It's not 
> an official tag but I implemented this in WinVorbis.
> http://winvorbis.stationplaylist.com

OK. Thanks for the hint!

But I'm still unsure about how to handle indices:

Mark Doll wrote:
> 1) Is it by purpose to forget about CDA's index feature because it's so
> rarely used or did nobody here ever thought about it?
> -> Add an INDEXNUMER field?

I still own two standalone CDA players which show (and can skip to) 
idices within a track, but I've noticed that most of the new players 
omit this feature, that's why I've asked. I would like to adopt this 
feature to the brave new computer/internet world by introducing 
INDEXNUMBER (and INDEXMAX). Is there anybody out there who had the same 
need and maybe had implemented this in a different way?

At least CDs are still manufactured with this feature. I bought my last 
CD with indices only a few weeks ago.


Mark Doll wrote:
> 2) If "Vorbis comments are the equivalent of a quick note scribbled on
> the bottom of a CDR", it would be nice to know the total number of items
> in a series to be shure to have all parts together (at least I note the
> total number of disks on the bottom of a CDR). So what about the
> conceptually same:
> disambiguation, since indeces count from zero in the red book standard)
> 3) Or would you consider it wiser reusing (abusing) existing standard
> vorbis fields and note the total number of disks/tracks/indeces inside
> the very same field like TRACKNUMBER=3/15 or would this break more
> things since apps expect a number in there? Or even stuff the indices in
> there too, like TRACKNUMBER=3/15.2/5? Or maybe also the disk number
> TRACKNUMBER=1/3-3/15.2/5?!
> I personally dislike 3) and have currently coded it with seperate new
> fields. But since I'm free to change the application in any way I want,
> some guidance on this topic would be really appreciated!
> Thanks in advance,
> Mark. 

More information about the Vorbis mailing list