scaling character width and condensing spacing
In my word processor, I can select characters and then scale their width down by any percent I choose and also condense the spacing by tenths of a point. Up to 5% and 0.5 pt it is barely noticeable. This has solved a lot of problems for me in making posters, song sheets with words alone, etc. It would be a great help with lyrics. Could this be available in MuseScore? When I copy scaled text into a score, it reverts. I saw reference to Ariel Narrow somewhere, but no such thing seems to be offered by MuseScore. The nearest thing to a narrow Ariel or FreeSans I have found is QuickType II Condensed, and it is radically and very noticeably narrower. Suppressing hyphens would also allow one to fit more on a line sometimes, but I can't find a way to do it. A more compact lay-out is often more readable than the spread-out one often produced by straightforward MuseScore lyric entry.
I got lost in the kerning and font threads. Is there a bottom line? Ariel is much better spaced (kerned?) in my word processor (OpenOffice) than as lyrics in MuseScore 2.03. For example, the extra space after w in the latter doesn't occur in the former. In fact, it seems to be spaced much better if entered as text than lyrics. How come? Someone mentioned OpenSans, but 2.03 doesn't offer it to me. If this is just for techies, I don't need to know. I do have experience preparing text for elderly eyes, though, and Ariel is the best I found of the standard fonts for any given true size.