2.0 - Problem with increasing line distance

• Nov 2, 2012 - 20:25

I created a new staff type with a line distance of 1.5. When I go into the staff properties and change the staff type to the one I created, the line distance increases, but the notes do not move. They play the right notes, but they are no longer on the correct spot in the staff. The clef sign and time signature do not change either. I've attached an example here with the increased line space. I entered a C scale, but you can see that the notes are where they would be if the line distance was normal.

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I'm not sure what I'd expect here. What were you trying to accomplish by setting line spacing to 1.5? If it was just to make the music bigger, that's done by setting the space size directly in Layout / Page Settings, and that would have scaled the noteheads and everything else along with it. So I'd expect the line spacing command to do something *different* than simply increasing the space setting, but I'm not sure what the point is actually supposed to be.

This is my instinctive reaction, to which developers and/or other users are welcome to comment:

1) For pitched staves, line distance other than 1 IS NOT (or should not be) supported: as nothing else scales up or down (nor it is supposed to do) with it, the result is likely to make little sense. As Marc pointed out, to get a larger or smaller music, the supported way is to use the scaling factor in "Layout | Page Settings". The line distance parameter is there mainly for TAB staves, which usually have a larger line distance than regular staves.

2) However, the provided example might indicate than some points of the upcoming ver 2.0 code have not been updated yet to the greater flexibility possible in this version. For instance, the result shows that clefs and time signatures are properly laid out (they are in the right position), but vertical position of note heads uses some default value rather than the staff actual value. So, I would keep examples like this one as test beds for layout algorithms.



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On the spot, it does not looks cheap and, as you say, it is an extraordinarily rare use case...

On the other hand, there might be less rare cases when more than 2 levels of staff scaling (normal and small) are needed; so a way to set the scaling of individual staff might be of some use.


P.S.: if nothing more urgent is left (which is perhaps not the case), this very peculiar notation systems could be addressed by allowing invisibility of individual staff lines.

Thanks for the replies, and the explanation does make sense. I am creating music that will be displayed to a class with powerpoint. I have all of the sizing just where I want it, but then I thought it might help if there was just a little more space in the staff itself.

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