A couple of months ago, I posted a topic called "Smart" positioning , essentially asking for MuseScore to intelligently layout element to avoid collisions. I learned that this would be an incredibly complex task, but Marc Sabatella told me "I suspect we'll probably start small, looking for specific collisions that are considered especially likely or especially problematic, and then work out way from there to covering more cases over time."
Marc Sabatella, of course, has famously done some brilliant work improving MuseScore's layout algorithms: Improved Note / Accidental Layout In MuseScore 2.0 (and it turns out that in comments there that I had not previously read basically the same idea was brought up).
But, any task can be accomplished if you break it into small enough pieces. So, here's my idea: to have a series of very small, very specific requests to improve the layout of specific things. All added to this thread, hopefully discussed a little bit, and then filed in the Issue tracker . When one is taken care of, we move on to another.
So, I'll kick us off with one I mentioned once before.
Put a few Bs on a treble staff (the middle line). Tie a couple of them together, and then put an accent (a regular sforzato) on the note that starts that tie. The result does not look good at all:
In sheet music I've seen, in this situation the accent is bumped up a space, actually to above the staff, so it looks like this:
It should be noted that it's only the note on the middle line of a five-line staff that has the issue, but I hope it's fairly easy to teach MuseScore the solution.
I'd like to get some opinions before I file the request in the tracker. Any thoughts?