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Re: Word hyphenation in LilyPond version 2.18.2.

From: Knut Petersen
Subject: Re: Word hyphenation in LilyPond version 2.18.2.
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:35:49 +0100
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Hi Simon!

It’s a known issue that this is not possible to do in LilyPond, which is why 
(almost?) everybody to typeset such large projects with LilyPond has used 
LilyPond only for the music itself and embedded the output in *TeX or other 
word-processing/publishing software.

Well, hyphenation is not the only reason not to try to typeset large portions 
of text with lilypond ;-)

What we need is automatic hyphenation for lyrics ... but the standard
algorithm (read the thesis ofFranklin Mark Liang) is not optimal
because it is not designed to find _all_ possible hyphenations and because
hyphenation for lyrics might differ from the standard: German rules
do not allow e.g. to hyphenate a word like "über" in normal texts, but we
would need "ü-ber" for lyrics.

Of course it is possible to define a scheme function that passes its
arguments to an external stand-alone hyphenator (yet to be written?)
and read back the results ...


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