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Re: Barline scans

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: Barline scans
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 15:34:41 +0100
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Marnen Laibow-Koser escreveu:
> Han-Wen Nienhuys wrote:
> [...]
>> Your judgement of "ugly" was based on prints that come from an
>> inferior printer.
> Nope, wrong again.  My original judgement came in fact from viewing the
> PDF file.

Which why -at the top the examples page


we have. 
  For a good impression of the quality print out the PDF file.

The fanciest computer displays are 142 dpi (1600x1200 14" laptop
screen).  This is not good enough for judging typography.

To summarize:

 - Yes, LilyPond uses heavy barlines, at approx. 1.9
stafflinethickness (20 pt staff height, 0.5pt stafflinethickness)

 - Whether you think that's ugly or not, is a personal opinion.

 - On the factual side, this follows Baerenreiter's house style, a
publisher whose material widely regarded as excellent.

 - We aim for high quality *printed* output; some of the finer details
of the font (eg the stem of the flat symbol) require a 1200 dpi
printer to be visible.

 - Therefore, to assess output output quality, we use laser
print-outs.  If you want to partake in a discussion, I invite you to
do so based on laser printouts, preferably printed at 1200dpi or

I'm through with this discussion.


Han-Wen Nienhuys - address@hidden - http://www.xs4all.nl/~hanwen

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