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Hello Mike

I might suggest you use something that is a little more direct.

Depending on your operating system, Google "free chord editor software".

For exact notation.
The grandaddy of programs is

LibreOffice add-on
MuseScore Example Manager for LibreOffice
MuseScore Example Manager for LibreOffice
which requires

Hope this helps

On 9/1/2015 5:47 AM, Mike Scott wrote:
I've been banging my head against this one off and on for quite a while, and either I'm totally misunderstanding what's supposed to happen, or there's a problem in LO. I'd appreciate advice please.

The goal is to print music lyrics with chord (text) appropriately aligned above the lyrics. The ultimate goal is to create the .odt document programmatically: I'm most of the way there, but the way positioning works in conjunction with 'anchor to character' has me baffled.

I'm using a frame to hold the chord text, and trying to attach the frame to a given character below in the lyric line, using 'anchor to character'. Horizontal position is no bother at all - with the text centred in the frame, and the frame centred on the lyrics character, things look good.

However, vertical positioning is another matter. It's not at all clear what 'bottom', 'top', 'from bottom' (etc) are supposed to do (the help file is lamentably lacking here). I had supposed that "from bottom" might allow the distance from the bottom of the frame to some reference point on the character to be specified, but as I've experimented I've found little logical relationship. Indeed the character-to-frame distance can vary with paragraph line spacing even when apparently nominally "locked" to the character -- not at all what I expected, nor what I need! What actually happens appears so ill-determined, it's not even easy to describe.

So, to cut to the real question: how do I "lock" a frame to float just above a given character in some text, and keep the same relative position as that character moves and text line spacing changes?

Or have I missed a better (easier!) way of achieving my goal?

I hope that makes some sort of sense!


(Addendum - the GUI only allows up to 200% proportional line spacing in a paragraph style which isn't enough for my purpose. A quick tweak to the styles.xml file shows this is purely a gui limitation, and that the basic LO rendering seems to deal with arbitrarily large ratios - I tried up to 500%. Any particular reason for the GUI's low limit??)

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