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Re: Gets rid of length in the docs. (issue 4965053)

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: Gets rid of length in the docs. (issue 4965053)
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:48:43 +0100

Mike Solomon wrote Tuesday, August 30, 2011 6:40 PM

In this case, it seems like the property should be called positions and not length.

Why, if it's a length?

Length presupposes that the begin position remains constant

Exactly.  That's why it's easy to understand.  It
conveys exactly the same meaning as 'height, 'width
and 'thickness. They're all dimensions. I don't recall 'length ever causing any user confusion.

and the end chagnes, whereas positions should take a pair that gives the bottom and top of the stencil. Otherwise, users won't be able to override the beginning point.

This seems awfully close to reinstating 'stem-end-position
and 'stem-begin-position.

Then, we could have
\override Stem #'positions = #(stem::length whatever)

That seems a terribly confusing way to specify a length!


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