Very well. It is still one of the references the Dorico team has declared to heavily use as a reference for their work.
They’re more “guidelines” than “rules.”
Of course. They are however more often referred to as “rules” than “guidelines”, hence my use of the word.
I think that the more we ask Dorico (or any notation program) to make that sort of thing available the more we are A) asking for bloatware because every instrument has its idiosyncracies of notation and trying to program them into a single program simply adds a lot of extra code that will most likely not be used frequently if at all by most users;
Many options already in Dorico will most likely not be used frequently by most users and I suggest we all consider us lucky for it. It would be difficult to design a program, expected to be used by people of an extremely wide range of needs, from that end and not the opposite.
B) asking for development efforts and budget to be drawn away from more integral aspects of the program
I’m completely confident the team is capable of weighing what’s most important of the tons of requests they receive. I am sure you need not worry.
C) longer learning curves as the users have to learn just which optional notation traditions can be turned on or off, and exactly how much of that tradition has been programmed and whether or not it will agree with any particular user’s wishes.
I disagree. There would be no difference between the option I am putting forward and the options that are already available (“hundreds” as explicitly reported by the team), and the ones that inevitably will be added. There’s a choice, you make it or you don’t, and that’s what’s to it to the end user.
It’s not hard to enter clef changes
I didn’t assert as much.
– the basic rule of thumb that I learned is that if it’s for a few notes, don’t change the clef, if it’s for a more extended passage, change the clef. And don’t keep changing the clef back and forth frequently.
This goes without saying, as long as there are no inherited engraver’s rules that are agreed upon. As I said, I didn’t know if such rules exist, and because you don’t know of such rules either, does not mean there aren’t any.
Besides, in the band world and in most beginner instruction books tenor trombone is typically notated all in bass clef. So adding the option you’re asking for would only serve a very small segment of the notation software user base –
This, really needless to say, does not preclude an option from being included in a notation software program.
those who are engraving traditional literature, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
This, needless to say etc.