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Re: Backwards compatibility: \compressMusic, \scaleDurations, WHY WHY WH
Re: Backwards compatibility: \compressMusic, \scaleDurations, WHY WHY WHY
Tue, 5 Aug 2008 17:03:58 -0700
On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 4:05 PM, Steve Dunlop <address@hidden> wrote:
> You don't get it. If you have an archive like Mutopia, where there are
> thousands of files and dozens of contributors, and mixed dependencies on
> versions, running conver-ly doesn't work.
> It doesn't work because two people working on the same file may not have
> the same version of Lilypond. You can't get dozens of volunteer
> contributors to upgrade to the latest version all at once every time a
> new version comes out by snapping your fingers.
> It doesn't work because the same file may be included in two separate
> projects which use different versions of Lilypond because they rely on
> features and syntax much more difficult to fix than the example I cite.
> In some cases one of the projects may be in a "freeze" where only minor
> changes from proofreading are being admitted, and something major like a
> Lilypond upgrade would be problematic because the whole project would
> have to be re-proofread to be sure things like spacing weren't adversely
> It doesn't work because the person who needs the change may not be the
> maintainer of the file, and the maintainer of the file may have other
> things to do besides run convert-ly on some old project.
> Unless all you ever want Lilypond to be is a program used by individuals
> typesetting a handful of their favorite works, rather than, say, the
> lingua Franca of the open content classical music movement.
I mentioned convert-ly because this *is* LilyPond's method of
providing (partial) backwards compatibility.
There is a trade-off involved:
1) Provide complete backwards compatibility, but sacrifice program
efficiency/speed and retain tons of deprecated code
2) Provide partial backwards compatibility, and retain program efficiency/speed
Since changes to syntax/structure are typically improvements and are
*forward* looking, there isn't as much interest in the way LilyPond
*used to be*.
You do raise a lot of interesting points though. I'm not the best
person to address these concerns though.