Can't have single number when adding custom time signature

• Jan 2, 2019 - 08:35
Reported version
3.0
Priority
P2 - Medium
Type
Functional
Frequency
Once
Severity
S3 - Major
Reproducibility
Always
Status
PR created
Regression
Yes
Workaround
Yes
Project

Came up in http://notensatz.forumprofi.de/index.php?topic=1934.msg13094#msg13094

In 2.x it was possible to have a time signature with a single number only, only a numerator, without a denominator, this is no longer possible in 3.0, there, even if entering nothing into the denominator field, it gets interpreted and shown as 4:
timesigprops.png
timesig.png


Comments

Workaround No Yes

Workaround seems to be to enter a space into the denominator field
In the master palette, not in the timsig properties

Ask an early music specialist. That music often is unmetered, at least doesn't have the modern western music style numerator/denominator time signatures

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

I now know that it can be done in MS3. Don't use Time Signature Properties, but create a signature under Master Palette, where a space can be put in the denominator field. Other special characters can be entered if you know the keyboard or ALT code.

Here is a snippet from the facsimile of Susato's Danserye (1551).
sus1a.jpg
And here is how I represent it in my "urtext" edition - see www.johnkilpatrick.co.uk/music/Danserye/
sus1b.jpg
If you view the .mscz version in MS2 it will look right, but in MS3 the unusual time signatures don't load correctly (and maybe some other features). The reason I have used MuseScore is that anyone can download it and learn to use it, and is thereby free to use my edition as they wish, including modernising clefs, times, etc., and transposing to suit various instruments.

Um, yes, this was what confused me when I was doing https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore/pull/5313. Perhaps the cause is line 302-303 in timesig.cpp, if I have time later I can test it.

~~Actually if I remember this correctly the empty denominator isn't replaced by 4 -- it's replaced by the denominator figure in the previous time signature. Say if you have a 3/8 before then the following empty denominator is replaced by 8.~~ (musescore.org doesn't support strikethrough?? see #295271: Writing on musescore.org doesn't support strikethrough)

EDIT: I was wrong, see the commit message for https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore/pull/5370/commits/c583d8ca9cfac4….

If there is only 1 number it needs to be centered or allowing only 1 number to be displayed is not very useful, though you can move the number manually.