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Re: Document all outside-staff-priority values; neaten table (issue 2805

From: Carl Sorensen
Subject: Re: Document all outside-staff-priority values; neaten table (issue 280580043 by address@hidden)
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:14:46 +0000
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On 1/1/16 5:43 AM, "address@hidden on
behalf of address@hidden"
<address@hidden on behalf of
address@hidden> wrote:

>Reviewers: ,
>Please review.
>Follows on from a question on -user.  There aren't that many values of
>outside-staff-priority, so it seems easiest to list them all if we're
>going to list most.  The adjustments to the column widths get rid of
>unnecessary line wrapping.

After much tutoring from Graham, I believe this is the wrong thing to do,
for two reasons.

1) An exhaustive table that is manually, not automatically, generated is a
maintainability nightmare.
2) If an exhaustive table exists, it belongs in the NR, not the LM.

I believe the proper way to respond to the issue is the following:

Definitely right now:
A) In the LM, clarify the sentence on looking up OttavaBracket as follows:
"All we need to do is look up the outside-staff-priority of a TextSpanner
in the IR, and then set the outside-staff-priority of the OttavaBracket to
a slightly smaller value."

Optionally, based on some advanced texinfo magic:
B) Create an appendix in the NR that automatically finds all default
values of outside-staff-priority and creates a table.
C) Refer to this automatically-created table in the LM.

In my opinion, absent the automatically-created table, the right thing is
to strengthen the ability of the user to find the outside-staff-priority
of the relevant objects, not to create a potentially wrong table.



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