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Bar lines

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Bar lines
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 13:09:35 +0200
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Because of a question in user-lilypond, I looked at the function
scm/output-lib.scm: default-break-barline
and noticed a few problems:

This function handles a number of bar types that are not handled
by Bar_line::compound_barline(...), which is a problem since
default-break-barline is only called at line breaks.

"||:" is treated twice, whereas ":||" is missing, probably an
old copy-paste bug.

I propose to make the following change:

- Always call the function, not only at line breaks
- Let the function return three values "glyph in the middle
  of the line", "glyph at line end" and "glyph at line start".
- Revise the current list of bar types. Are the "brace" and
  "bracket" cases ever used, for example?
- Add documentation of all the bar types.

Of course, an alternative is to only handle the bar types that
are handled in Bar_line::compound_barline and let the user
redefine the break-glyph-function property of the BarLine
object if he for example wants "||" +"|:" at a line break.
However, that's a more troublesome and limited solution.

Suggestions, comments?


        Mats Bengtsson
        Signal Processing
        Signals, Sensors and Systems
        Royal Institute of Technology
        SE-100 44  STOCKHOLM
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