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Re: controlling the tie "gap" [and a possible bug?]

From: David Sumbler
Subject: Re: controlling the tie "gap" [and a possible bug?]
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:07:04 +0000

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From: Kieren MacMillan <address@hidden>
To: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
CC: Lilypond-User Mailing List <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: controlling the tie "gap" [and a possible bug?]
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:11:17 -0500

Hi David,

No, it doesn't.  The image shows the same kind of symptomas the code does but is clearly from different code.

Hmmm… I just compiled it again, and it gave the same thing. Here’s a screenshot from Frescobaldi with the code on the left and compiled image on the right:

What am I saying that’s incorrect?

1. Is the crossing of the ties a bug?
Those are not ties but slurs.

Oops! Yes, sorry — I meant slurs.

2. Regardless, is there a way I can make all ties to begin a little
bit further to the right and end a little further to the left of the
centre of each notehead, so there is a gap between consecutive ties?

Probably tweaking Slur.details will do it

It’s definitely been a long day (week? month??), and I’m currently ill (strep throat)… I’ve been tweaking Tie.details to [obviously] no avail. Will report back soon.

In the meantime, sorry for the noise.


This probably isn't helpful, but here are my thoughts on the subject.

I can't see that it this can really be regarded as a bug. Ending one slur and beginning another on the same note is not normal usage - in fact, I don't really know what it is supposed to mean. How does this meaning differ from having a single slur over all 5 notes? Will the meaning be clear to whoever has to play the music?

In the normal case one wants slur to go at least to the vertical centre of the notehead, probably a little further, and this is what Lilypond does. For a specialized case such as the example shown, the slurs can of course be tweaked.


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