Cross-rest beaming (feature suggestion)
as suggested by a user, I propose you a new feature on the engraving side, for an automatic system for beaming the rests within a note group in different possible ways.
Lately I have been working with a lot of syncopations and off-beat figures, even with quite foreign time signatures. Therefore, to provide more clarity to the players, especially on the rhythmic structure of the measures, I used a lot of cross-rests beaming.
Right now, to extend beams across rests within a note group you have to select each rest and select the beaming style you want. In my case, this brings me quite some friction in the process, and I believe once fixing this many users might benefit from it.
Also, I have seen quite a lot cross-rests beaming in classical and folk literature, and for this reason I think this might help quite in general.
Practically, I propose to pair the current 'beam style' option with a new triple toggle switch, in case you want a specific cross-rest beaming style to become automatic.
I say triple, because the first option would be the current default one ("no cross-rests beaming"). Then, second would be a beaming style for only those rests lying between two notes in a group. Finally, the third option would be to cross-beam all the rests and notes lying within a beat, depending on how the time signature is set up (so, beaming also the rests in the beginning and in the end of the group).
I have also included three pictures, hoping they explain this better – in the third picture ("UI look") I have thought of a possible layout for this feature in the user interface, and for it I got inspiration from the "flag style" feature that already exists, and this is why I included it.
What do you think?