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Re: set vs. override

From: Rune Zedeler
Subject: Re: set vs. override
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 12:25:05 +0100

(Testing reply via. the online downloadable version)

Han-Wen Nienhuys wrote:

> it can be dangerous to do \override too often. \set is safe. Which
> part of the manual did you find vague exactly?

If you revert a setting which was not set in the first place, then it
has no effect. However, if the setting was set as a system default, it
may remove the default value, and this may give surprising results,
including crashes. In other words, if you use \override and \revert, be
sure to balance the overrides and reverts. 

When thinking of it as parenthesiz, override is '(' and revert is ')'.
The above says imho that your source must be correctly paranthsized -
but "set" does ")(" and henze you cannot start with "set".


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