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Re: staff-space doesn't seem to work as documented

From: Patrick McCarty
Subject: Re: staff-space doesn't seem to work as documented
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:58:03 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On 2010-03-26, Phil Holmes wrote:
> In the PDF documentation for 2.12.3 and the online documentation for
> 2.13.16 it gives the syntax for reducing staff spacing as:
> \override StaffSymbol #'staff-space = #1.5
> If I use this syntax, I get an error:
> error: syntax error, unexpected '{'
> \new Staff \with {\override StaffSymbol #'staff-space = #'1.5}
>                                                               { c''
> c'' c'' c'' }

I think there needs to be a space after the value 1.5, which should
hopefully fix your problem:

  \new Staff \with {\override StaffSymbol #'staff-space = #'1.5 }

Also, if you format your code on multiple lines, that will work too
(like it appears in the documentation), since line breaks are
considered to be spaces:

  \new Staff \with {
    \override StaffSymbol #'staff-space = #'1.5

If you want to save yourself an extra keystroke, the 1.5 does not need
to be quoted:

  \new Staff \with {
    \override StaffSymbol #'staff-space = #1.5

> If I use a syntax with parentheses (guessed by trial and error):
> \override StaffSymbol #'staff-space = #'( . 1.5)

I wouldn't recommend this syntax, since ( . 1.5) is not a valid cons
cell in Scheme.  But that's an interesting observation!


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