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Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:30:48 +0100
Am Sa., 19. Jan. 2019 um 02:32 Uhr schrieb Mark Probert <address@hidden>:
> However, being a newbie to this package, when I
> have a problem, or a perceived problem, I can either ask
> on this forum or not.
Nothing wrong with asking on this list.
Pretty often some weaknesses or eaven bugs become known in the code or
documentation this way.
> My post is about a non-intuitive
> feature--Why the rest and not the note?--that is not clearly
> documented ("If you need a maxima/large use Baroque note heads,
> there is no maxima notes in the standard set").
Well, it _is_ documented, imho
"The durations of notes are entered using numbers and dots. The number
entered is based on the reciprocal value of the length of the note.
For example, a quarter note is designated using the numerical value of
4 as it is a 1/4 note, a half note using 2, an eighth using 8 and so
on. Durations as short as 128 notes can be entered but shorter values,
while possible, can only be entered as beamed notes.  Also see
For notes longer than a whole use the \longa – double breve – and
\breve commands. A note with the duration of a quadruple breve is
possible using the \maxima command but is only supported within
ancient music notation. See Ancient notation. "
Isn't it sufficient for _usage_?
If reasons for decisions would be discussed/explained the docs would
blow up more and more.
In short, maxima-notes don't happen in _modern_ notation, thus no need
to implement a glyph for it. But Rest or MultiMesureRest may occur in
arbitrary length. In modern notation they are printed assembling
shorter glyphs or as a beam-like line with MultiMeasureRestNumber:
%% other input, same outcome
So I'm fine with the design-decision.
Otoh, I would have expected
would show a maxima where available and a remark (or something
similar) where not.
I'll think about how to improve this...
This is not exactly true for current versions. See:
For future versions there will be shorter values than 128 available.