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Re: Short ottava ambiguity

From: Keith OHara
Subject: Re: Short ottava ambiguity
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:07:11 +0000 (UTC)
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Simon Albrecht <simon.albrecht <at> mail.de> writes:

> By default, OttavaBracket has a minimum-length of 1 and the text is 
> right-aligned to the first note in the range of the ottavation. Thus, 
> it's sometimes impossible to discern from which note on the ottava is 
> supposed to be applied. In short-ottava.ly (see attachment) the ottava 
> applies to both notes, in short-ottava-2.ly only to the second note. Yet 
> the output is identical.

This is in the bug tracker as

LilyPond has the facility to leave out the spanner line when the 
endpoints would lie within the "8va" text.  We could make that
the default behavior, unless anyone can think of a problem this
might cause.

Another easy option would be to, allow the spanner line to become very
  \override Staff.OttavaBracket.minimum-length = #0.05
This option looks good to me if we also shift the beginning of all
'8va' texts left by a bit.
  \override Staff.OttavaBracket.shorten-pair = #'(-0.5 . -0.6)

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