A question of barlines. For technical, musicological reasons I need to be able to use triple thin barlines, like the currently available double one (U+E031), but with the extra third line equidistant. (I won’t bore readers with the reasons, but it’s to do with transcriptions of medieval notation.) It’s clearly not feasible to request this as a feature, since its usage would be absurdly limited, so I need to fake it somehow. My immediate thought was to use font-editing software (I use FontLab Studio) to edit one of the barline glyphs in Bravura that I am unlikely to use so often. But am I right in thinking that, according to the SMuFL specification, Dorico actually uses primitives (i.e. I presume simple graphics) to produce barlines, because of the complex drawing needs, and that the SMuFL glyphs are really only intended for use in text-based applications? Even if this is the case, I suppose I could try hiding the normal barline and replace it with a text glyph of my newly created triple barline – though this would obviously have to be done at a late stage in the editing process, as the new barline wouldn’t behave like a normal one. Does anyone have any other clever ideas? (By the way, I need to be able to retain accurate bar numberings, so hypothetical solutions involving an ultra-thin bar that juxtaposes a double and single barline would be out of the question, even if it worked, which it probably wouldn’t.) My previous favourite notation software for this particular kind of work actually incorporated the triple barline as a special request, but if I transfer this to Dorico now, I’m going to need a hack of some kind.
Professor Ron Woodley
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire