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round edges on fonts & lines

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: round edges on fonts & lines
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 14:20:45 +0200

(follow-up to devel)

address@hidden writes:
> Hello, Mats and the rest of the Lilypond gang:
> First of all, congratulations again on such a stunning engraving 
> program -- I'm still marveling at how beautiful the untweaked output is!
> Part of the beauty, without a doubt, is due to the feta font and the 
> attention to detail in the rounding of all the sharp edges in the 
> Postscript output. It emulates extremely well the warmth of 
> hand-engraving and metal punch.
> However, on close examination, I notice that the stem tips are sharp 
> (i.e., unrounded); to my eye this breaks the consistency of the design 
> and screams "computer". Was this a conscious decision, or out of 
> necessity? If not, is there any plan to apply the same warming/rounding 
> to the last remaining square edges (i.e., stem ends, beam tips, etc.) 
> that has already been applied to the majority (e.g., tuplet bracket, 
> tenuto mark, upbow ends, etc.)?

You are right. We used to worry about the way things look in xdvi (PS
doesn't show up in the magnifying glass), but I think that should be a
lesser concern; I've changed the stem to be rounded too in 2.1 CVS.

Getting rounding right for beams is a little tricky; it would involve
some more hacking.

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