Display description as tool tip in instrument list
Currently not used. The description is helpful for people editing the instruments.xml file in the future. It should describe the instruments and give information that can’t be found in the other parameters but could be helpful.
This would be useful to allow an instrument to be identified in the instrument list within the new score and edit instruments dialogue using terms other than those displayed as the instrument name in the score.
For example, I want to create a different version of the bass clarinet instrument that uses the F clef rather than G8vb for display at concert pitch, but with all the other attributes of the default Bass Clarinet definition. In particular I want the instrument name to be "Bass Clarinet". I also want to retain the default Bass Clarinet definition. I can create a new Bass Clarinet instrument definition in a secondary instruments.xml file but I can not differentiate this in the instrument list from the default definition. I can add a note in the description field of the instruments.xml file that says something like (Displays at concert pitch using bass clef). However, currently I can only see this by viewing the xml file.
My suggestion is that the select instrument dialogue should be modified so that the instrument description field from the instruments.xml file is shown alongside the instrument name. Most (all?) of the current description fields are identical to the instrument name. Perhaps the display of the description could be suppressed if it this identity is detected.
An alternative method of achieving the same ends would be to add a new optional "comment" element in the instrument definition that would, if present, be shown in the instrument list.