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Re: \compoundMeter cannot handle irrational or fractional meters

From: Joseph Rushton Wakeling
Subject: Re: \compoundMeter cannot handle irrational or fractional meters
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:40:53 +0100
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Dear Ralph,

Thanks for moving it on to the bugtracker.

I was not sure if this should be an enhancement or a defect in the core program.
I chose enhancement because it seems possible to get the correct time signature
(but not handle the measures?) currently.

I see it as a bug if compoundMeter can't support addition of any arbitrary selection of existing "ordinary" time signatures. That covers the case of compound meters including "irrational" parts like 1/10, because things like

   \time 1/10

   \time 5/12

... etc. are all supported by Lilypond; so it should be possible to create a compound time signature containing them. You can see from the bug report that in fact that functionality is already partially there, but fails in some cases.

On the other hand the support for time signatures containing 2/3 of a beat is surely a new feature, even though it's readily possible to create a time signature with different numbers and equivalent effect.

Best wishes,

    -- Joe

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