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Re: Volta brackets and chaord symbols

From: Arvid Grøtting
Subject: Re: Volta brackets and chaord symbols
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 15:23:15 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1001 (Gnus v5.10.1) Emacs/21.2 (berkeley-unix)

address@hidden (Thomas Scharkowski) writes:

> I have a chord symbol above the first note in a volta bracket. 
> This chord symbol collides with the bracket. Is it possible to move a 
> single chord symbol?

In my humble opinion, this is but a symptom of a more general,
underlying bug: Symbols that shouldn't collide, sometimes do.

I haven't quite managed to grasp, yet, why "a-.->" works wonderfully
while "a\f\tempo 4=90 \markup{Foo bar}" doesn't quite look good...[1]

Even if a "box algorithm" like TeX's isn't perfectly suitable to the
needs of music typesetting -- notes should at least be allowed to
"collide" with staff lines -- I think a stricter regime where most
symbols are not allowed to collide in the first place should be put in

This requires some thought to how objects should be moved to avoid
collisions, e.g. which symbol should "yield" and move, and in what

[1] not tested right now; the lilypond installation on this box is a
bit old, but from memory the first example is OK and the second gives
a collision or two.


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