4.4.2 Vertical spacing between systems

Space between systems are controlled by four \paper variables,

\paper {
  between-system-space = 1.5\cm
  between-system-padding = #1
  ragged-bottom=##f
  ragged-last-bottom=##f
}

When only a couple of flat systems are placed on a page, the resulting vertical spacing may be non-elegant: one system at the top of the page, and the other at the bottom, with a huge gap between them. To avoid this situation, the space added between the systems can be limited. This feature is activated by setting to #t the page-limit-inter-system-space variable in the \paper block. The paper variable page-limit-inter-system-space-factor determines how much the space can be increased: for instance, the value 1.3 means that the space can be 30% larger than what it would be on a ragged-bottom page.

In the following example, if the inter system space were not limited, the second system of page 1 would be placed at the page bottom. By activating the space limitation, the second system is placed closer to the first one. By setting page-limit-inter-system-space-factor to 1, the spacing would the same as on a ragged-bottom page, like the last one.

#(set-default-paper-size "a6")
\book {
  \paper {
    page-limit-inter-system-space = ##t
    page-limit-inter-system-space-factor = 1.3

    oddFooterMarkup = \markup "page bottom"
    evenFooterMarkup = \markup "page bottom"
    oddHeaderMarkup = \markup \fill-line {
      "page top" \fromproperty #'page:page-number-string }
    evenHeaderMarkup = \markup \fill-line {
      "page top" \fromproperty #'page:page-number-string }
  }
  \new Staff << \repeat unfold 4 { g'4 g' g' g' \break }
                { s1*2 \pageBreak } >>
}

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See also

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