Empty rhythm flags above the line for Tab
For me, the fastest way to encode French or Italian lute tab is to input all the rhythm flags first, then add the notes under them. In all but a few cases, the rhythm flags stay above the line, usually in the form of:
/| | |\ |\\ |\\\ , etc. (Sorry if this did not come out clearly, but I hope you get the idea.
The first would correspond to a semibreve, the second to a minim, the third to a crotchet,etc.
Or it could be breve, semibreve, minim, etc.
I like to be able to have the option of having one rhythm flag per note also. The rhythm flags can then optionally be beamed to clarify the rhythmic structure. See attached example.