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Re: horizontal offset bug of skip markups

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: horizontal offset bug of skip markups
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 19:49:51 +0100

Werner LEMBERG wrote Monday, August 24, 2009 3:08 PM

This effect seems to be a consequence of ragged-right = ##f together
with a second bar containing a single note (or space).  When the
second bar is stretched to fill the line the note gets displaced
almost to the centre of the bar.  This simpler example shows the
same effect:

\paper {
 ragged-right = ##f

The spacing may not be optimum, but I'm not sure I'd call it a bug. After all, stretching this out to a full line is never going to look
right, whatever you do.

I consider it a bug, as the attached real-world example shows. In the last bar, the markup attached to the skip is even further to the right
than the full rest itself!

What about the following:

 a. If we have a full-bar skip like `s1' or `s8*7', position it
    similar to a quarter note, namely at the beginning of the bar.

b. If we really need a full-bar skip which behaves like a full-bar
    rest, using a yet-to-be-introduced `S1' or `S8*7'.

In most cases, only a. is necessary, I believe.

I would argue against introducing this
complication.  Positioning spacer rests
differently to notes of the same duration
does not seem a good idea.  After all,
it is very easy to place the markup where
you want it by simply using two spacer notes:

foo = {
 \time 7/8 s8^"foobar" s8*6
 \time 10/8

Adjust the relative durations to achieve
the desired effect.


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