Shape of Elision slur for East Asian lyrics

Elision slurs for East Asian lyrics are too flat.
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Can this be adjusted? Like:
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What staff size do you have set in Layout Options? Is the staff unusually large?

Staff size is 5.5mm.

Thanks: it appears these slurs get flatter the smaller the staff size, which isn’t ideal. I’ll look into this and see how we can improve their appearance.

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Thank you, Daniel.

Yes – For legibility they should either stay the same or perhaps even curve bit more at smaller size.

I’m pleased with the improvements in Dorico 5.1.20! This works out for most musicians, but publishers will find some room for improvement. The size of elision slurs is affected by the space size.
Size 0 (9.2mm):
スクリーンショット 2024-02-22 1.31.43
Size 5 (6.0mm):
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The former is stubby and the latter’s shoulders are too wide.
Here is a example from sheet music published in Japan:


This was engraved by Craftone, a major Japanese music typesetting company, and I like the look of it. I request the feature to adjust the shape of slurs for lyrics in the same way as slurs and ties for music notes.
In future updates, elision slurs spanning two or more notes, as in Craftone’s example, may be also needed. Since such slurs are only used in Japan, the only music notation software I know of that supports them is Kawai’s Scoremaker developed in Japan.

@dspreadbury
I’m enjoying the new version 5.1.30! Appearance of elision slur has improved: スクリーンショット 2024-04-03 21.00.12. Thank you, Daniel.
I have furthuer feature requests in this regard. Slurs for 2 letters look great but 3 appear too large vertically. Japanese Engravers must want to modify it as: スクリーンショット 2024-04-03 21.02.50.
And I would also like to look forward to support for slurs over two notes: スクリーンショット 2024-04-03 21.16.25. FYR, these slurs indicate that they are to be connected and pronounced like /oː/ (literal pronunciation /ou/) and are used by many publishers, including Yamaha.