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Re: Extending the width of a glissando

From: Lukas-Fabian Moser
Subject: Re: Extending the width of a glissando
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:36:31 +0200
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Hi Peter,

One thing puzzles me about the documentation when it comes to placement - it continually refers to the 'reference point' for an object.  I sort of understand what it means, but it doesn't seem to be defined anywhere. For instance - to rotate a hairpin you have to specify the co-ordinates of the centre of rotation relative to its reference point. But where is the reference point for a hairpin? The start, the middle, the end? (The phrase is also used in other contests, such as octave placement in NR section 1.1.1, to add to the confusion).

If I understand it correctly, the "reference point" of a layout object should be its relative (0,0) coordinate. It is possible to display that point using a small function:

\version "2.23.4"

showReferencePoint =
#(define-music-function (path) (symbol-list?)
     \override $path .stencil =
       (lambda (grob orig)
           (stencil-with-color (make-line-stencil 0.2 -0.5 -0.5 0.5 0.5) red)
           (stencil-with-color (make-line-stencil 0.2 -0.5 0.5 0.5 -0.5) red))

\layout {
  \showReferencePoint Score.TimeSignature
  \showReferencePoint Score.Clef

  \showReferencePoint Hairpin
  a4\< d'4\!

  \once \showReferencePoint NoteHead
  a4\< d'4\!

  \bar "||"

  \showReferencePoint NoteHead
  \showReferencePoint DynamicText
  \once \override DynamicText.X-offset = 0
  % Now the reference point of the "f" is aligned with the reference point
  % of the notehead.

  \bar "||"
  \showReferencePoint Rest
  \tweak Y-offset 1 r

But I'm a bit wary of the statement in that the .rotate property uses x/y-coordinates relative to the object's reference point. It rather seems to me (if I read and in the source correctly) that the .rotation property uses the same coordinate system as ly:stencil-rotate does, namely

(0,0) = center of object
(-1,-1) = lower left corner
(1,1) = upper right corner.

This also explains the example regarding rotating hairpins: -1 0 is center-left (which also happens to be the reference point of a Hairpin).

(Of course, studying the effect of setting .rotation for a layout object is complicated by the fact that LilyPond's spacing engine might move the object around after rotating.)

Question to the experts: Am I right in thinking that the documentation is misleading here?


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