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Re: Changing volta number text

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: Changing volta number text
Date: Tue, 18 May 2021 15:34:54 -0400

Hi Ralph,

> I have to admit, after learning from you that the documentation is accurate, 
> and spending some time examining the various examples in the documentation, I 
> think I could achieve what I want. It takes some real effort, and I think it 
> would be difficult for someone who has little experience with LilyPond. And 
> isn't that the point of the documentation?

Absolutely. My comment was meant as a [gentle] criticism of the documentation, 
not of you or other users. Even if it explicitly pointed out that one needs to 
*not use* the \repeat volta command, that would be [more] helpful!

> I think it would be helpful to include an appropriate example in the manual 
> repeat marks section of the documentation.

Given that the combination of the first three examples at 
 is sufficient to solve your example, and the fourth example is almost exactly 
what you needed, what would a more appropriate example look like? Would that be 
in addition to the existing examples, or as a replacement to one of them?

The sheer size of the Lilypond docs is already pretty overwhelming; just adding 
more examples won’t necessarily make it easier for users.

> I guess I'll make a note of the solution!

Some syntactic sugar might be nice… I could imagine a function that took a list 
of string+moment pairs and “unfolded” a volta automagically. If my life ever 
calms down, maybe I’ll give that a try.


Kieren MacMillan, composer (he/him/his)
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