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Re: Bar line placement fails to account for long lyrics

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Bar line placement fails to account for long lyrics
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:51:28 +0200
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Daniel Poon wrote:
\version "2.10.25"

%% Long lyrics extend across bar lines inappropriately.
%% Distance between bar lines ought to take lyric length into account.
%% Lyrics should also be left-justified to a space before the corresponding
note, not centered upon the note.


\paper{ ragged-right = ##t }
\new Staff <<
        \time 4/4
        \new Voice = "voice " { r1 a' r r r a'4 a'2. r1 r r r }
        \new Lyrics \lyricsto "voice " \lyricmode { verylongtext verylongtext
verylongtext }

 What one would expect from a human engraver is for the measures containing the
very long lyrics to be appropriately expanded.  A syllable of lyric text would
generally be left-justified to a space slightly to the left of the note to which
the text corresponds.

Lilypond currently disregards the very long lyric: though it handles text-text
collisions well by positioning notes, it does not account for the size of the
lyric text when positioning bars.  The lyric text is then placed below the
staff, X-centered upon the note to which it corresponds, which often makes it
protrude beyond the bar.

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