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Re: Stem direction with ties

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Stem direction with ties
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:42:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Per Starbäck <address@hidden> writes:

> With
> \version "2.16.2"
> \relative c'' {
>   b~ b8 a b4~ b8 c
>   a8 b~ b4 c8 b~ b4
> }
> the stems of every b goes downwards. I think it would be better if tied
> notes had the same direction, to make it clearer visually that they belong
> together. Then two of these stems should go up instead.

Well, how would you typeset

\relative c'' {
  e8[ c]~ c a~ a[ f]~ f e

with that rule?  So obviously, this kind of rule should only be applied
by looking at a broader context and applying it only where its
application yields actually better results.

This kind of "look at a larger context and choose a global optimum"
decision is pretty hard to do using LilyPond's current architecture.

You're pretty safe doing things like \once\stemUp and similar for
correcting such things: LilyPond will likely obey them in future even if
it ever gains the intelligence to come to the same conclusion all by

David Kastrup

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