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Old 06-11-2020, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default BagpipeTeX: getting bars to line up

I think I've figured out how to typeset pipe tunes using BagpipeTeX, but there's one irritating problem: How do I make sure that bars are drawn the same distance apart for each line? As-is, they're all over the place.
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Old 06-12-2020, 08:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: BagpipeTeX: getting bars to line up

It's quite possible that it can't be done - TeX in general is based on the model that each glyph has a maximum and minimum distance and then everything gets spaced appropriately. We are quite unusual in having such highly structured music that aligned barlines are seen as desirable.



I would open up the bagpipe.tex file and search for "bar" and see if you can find any settable macros.
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Old 06-12-2020, 08:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: BagpipeTeX: getting bars to line up

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It's quite possible that it can't be done - TeX in general is based on the model that each glyph has a maximum and minimum distance and then everything gets spaced appropriately. We are quite unusual in having such highly structured music that aligned barlines are seen as desirable.

I would open up the bagpipe.tex file and search for "bar" and see if you can find any settable macros.

I don't see anything obvious there.
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Old 06-13-2020, 09:15 AM   #4
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Default Re: BagpipeTeX: getting bars to line up

I recall looking for a way to do this years ago. I never found anything in the MusicTeX documentation that would make it easy, so I just embraced the "each bar is just as big as it needs to be" aesthetic, and manually \psk my way out of anything that I think looks too ugly.
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