The "square" notehead is created with two letters "I" of font "Times New Roman" lying on their side; it is barely acceptable - but I did not want to design full bezier curve layouts for this single symbol.
This user object does not work nicely with the Cueheads.ms object, because that object also uses blank note heads.
(a) CueHeads detecting Breve should be possible - I already thought of this, but the creators of both would have to discuss this
(b) Implementing width and marking the chords as hidden: I actually started with this, but it did not work out at all (maybe I did not try all possibilities). The main problem is that hidden notes are not aligned by NWC with other notes, and therefore it is alsmost impossible to place the breves lined up with notes on other staffs; it gets worse with (*) accidentals, (*) the "increase spacing" option in the page setup, (*) lyrics (breves are mostly useful for vocal music) etc. That's why I ended up with the blank noteheads ...
(In the course of this and - upcoming - considerations about RepeatMarks, I would wish that (x) NWC had more than one - distinguishable - "quite" blank heads; and (y) a way to insert additional, note-aligned spacers when drawing (my idea would be that width(t) could return some more sophisticated result ... but that's long-term ...)
In my experience, while NWC does remove all space for a note on the current staff when you mark it as not visible. However, when there are multiple staves, it does seem to keep them lined up with the same note position on the other staves.
nwcdraw.text does not output characters with code > 127 ...
Isn't the last version Unicode compatible?I was thinking so since the experiments
And I have another question: Can a plugin somehow detect whether a font is actually installed? .setFont does not return any "success" value, and even querying .getTypeFace() afterwards just returns the set typeface, even if it is 'asdfghj' or some other nonsense. This seems to be the way the Windows font system works ... but I would like to give the user some - any - feedback if the square breve head cannot be drawn (my ugly kicked-over I's, on the other hand, always work ... as long as a "Times New Roman" font is present ...).
... Another suggestion that has been offered in the past is to have "transparent" as one of the notehead colors. This is a bit different than what a blank space notehead does, since that only "hides" the notehead, not the accidental or augmentation dots associated with a notehead.
... I left the dependency on Mensurstrich.hmm in the Play example
Just a quick note, you probably know you can hide accidental signs by hitting 7, 8 or 9 a second time.
Well, sure, but that's not really "hiding" the accidentals, it's removing them.
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