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Re: TimeSignature with note in denominator

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: TimeSignature with note in denominator
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2021 10:19:59 -0500

Hi Lukas,

> You can very well have both: A TimeSignature style that turns old-fashioned 
> \time 3/4 into "3 over a crotchet", and a vast generalization of the \time 
> machinery that also accepts durations, tied combinations of durations etc. 
> (and which, for simple durations like 4,8,16 etc., falls back to standard 
> \time 3/4 behaviour).

When this arrived, I was literally in the middle of typing the following post:

> I’ve given up on the idea that the user might be able to pass into \time a 
> denominator other than those already accepted. Unfortunately, the 
> implementation now becomes far more complicated than it should have been, so 
> I have followup questions.
> 1. Is there any objection to me adding a TimeSignature style which would 
> immediately apply to all already-accepted time signatures?
> 2. If not, does anyone have opinions on what that style name should be? (Ones 
> that seem like obvious candidates to me include 'note-denom, 'notehead, and 
> 'glyph… but I’m happy to hear suggested alternatives.)


> Question: What should happen if = #'note-denom is _not_ 
> set, but the user does \time 4 { 8.~8 } ? Should this emit a warning "can't 
> display this in current style", or ...

Yes, that aligns with my thinking.


Kieren MacMillan, composer (he/him/his)
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