I would like to set the staff line thickness to 0.5pt. OK, so that’s 0.5 ÷ 6, 0.08333 spaces. I enter that, and Dorico puts “2/25” in the box, which is of course 0.08.
Dorico’s default of 1/8th spaces gives a mouse-over tool-tip of “0.13” (which is the value in the Bravura json file). No such mouse-over appears for the custom value.
OK, 0.005 of a space (0.03pt) may be a trivial amount, but these kinds of roundings can cause errors when values need to be multiplied across a page. As a proportion of the height of an A4 page, it’s just over ⅓ of an inch! (0.03 pt x 842 pt).
- Can we have decimal values?
- Can we enter values in a variety of units?
Many people familiar with DTP apps will be used to working with line thicknesses in points, and values of 0.5, 0.625 and 0.75 are commonplace. The 'default" step in Dorico is: 0.75 pt, 1.5pt, 3pt – which is quite big.
I agree that the alternative, seen elsewhere, of having document settings with values like “0.049236” is equally unhelpful. So, yes, I’m looking for the middle bowl of porridge.