I’m entering some IMSLP orchestral scores into Dorico, and I’m noticing that in order to save vertical space, certain markings, such as dynamics, are sometimes offset to the left. (Gould also recommends this on p.103.) However, Dorico has the dynamics centered below the notes, and this can make a tutti entrance look very widely spaced. Worse still, when condensing, player labels on top of dynamics force the staves apart even more, or encroach into neighbouring staves’ whitespace, causing ambiguity if they’re not empty.
I understand that centering dynamics and other markings is the least rhythmically ambiguous, but at an entrance, there’s no music preceding it, so it’s still clear. Further, I’d argue that any ambiguity resolved by centering is lost when the marking is placed too close to an adjacent non-empty staff.
I suppose I could just space things out a bit more by changing the rastral size and other settings, or I could manually set beat-relative position, X-offsets, and staff spacing everywhere that this should happen, but perhaps Dorico could do better? Check if a dynamic has more than a half-bar of rest preceding it, and adjust accordingly under tight conditions? I wonder if a plug-in could be written for this.