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Re: Documentation of horizontal spacing

From: Jean Abou Samra
Subject: Re: Documentation of horizontal spacing
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2021 15:05:38 +0200 (CEST)

> Le 10/08/2021 13:30, Valentin Petzel <> a écrit :
> Hello!
> Sometimes Lilypond can run a bit wider than engraved scores would do. The
> official way to mitigate this (as given by the Documentation) is setting
> Score.SpacingSpanner.base-shortest-duration. Sometimes this does not give the
> result we want, so we need to use different spacing parameters like
> Score.SpacingSpanner.spacing-increment and —.—.shortest-duration-space
> (especially since this also gives us some control over proportions).
> I think this should be part of the documentation, as I can be a vital thing
> for making Lilypond behave.
> I’ve included an example of different spacings achieved using these
> parameters, and an example of Mozart’s KV 545, where the default settings fail
> to achieve the thightness of the 16th notes that in seen in engraved scores,
> while using custom spacing yields a nice result without any further tweaks.
> Cheers,
> Valentin

(Moving to the lilypond-devel list with lilypond-user
in BBC.)

I agree that spacing-increment and shortest-duration-space
should be documented in the Notation Reference.

Would you be willing to make the change yourself? Read the
instructions at

Unless your addition is very small, in which case someone
else can turn it into a merge request for you, you'll
want to get started with Git and GitLab. Actually this
would be a good idea in any case for future contributions.
All you need to know is explained at

The documentation's source is written in Texinfo. Most
of the time you can just imitate the surrounding material,
but just in case, there is a syntax cheat sheet here:

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Thanks in advance,

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