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Re: Vertical spacing of lyrics

From: Alexander Kobel
Subject: Re: Vertical spacing of lyrics
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:39:27 +0100
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Christian Hitz wrote:

the new vertical spacing is evaluating the skyline of the lyrics lines for
spacing. This leads to situations with a very uneven look, as the example
below shows. IMHO the tallest glyph in the used font should be used to derive the height of the lyrics line.

This very much depends on what you engrave. If you're making larger scores with many staves per system, vertical space is pretty much more important than everything else, and it's common practice to fit the lyrics as tight to the staves and as close together as possible.

If you want to have a more equal spacing, try modifying the LyricText #'minimum-Y-extent or (not sure if this works out) the new Lyrics.VerticalAxisGroup #'inter-loose-line-spacing [1]. E.g., in your example, adding
  \layout {
    \context {
      \override LyricText #'minimum-Y-extent = #'(-1.5 . 1.5)
to the score seems to solve the problem for me.

There are simple "workarounds" to simulate the one-box-to-rule-all-glyphs-approach, but if you decide to drop the skyline algorithm, it's nearly impossible to automatically achieve the tighter setting.



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