[PD] segmented patchcords (was Re: PD & MAX)

IOhannes m zmoelnig zmoelnig at iem.at
Wed Dec 5 11:17:44 CET 2007

vade wrote:

> Personally I find that use of segmented patch coords can *increase*  
> readability in patches that are well laid out. I have a much easier  
> time following segmented patch coords that are laid out with care than  
> a similarly grouped /laid out patch sans segmentation.

while i don't know the real intention behind segmented patch chords, but 
i have a strong feeling that they are supposed to increase readability.

however, in practice i find that generally they reduce readability.
this is most likely a problem with the users and not with the feature 
per se.

> Of course segmentation can be confusing, where many patch coords  
> originating from multiple locations and GOING to multiple locations  
> may be overlayed on the same row/column pixel (so it looks as one  
> patch coord), and this is definitely makes reading a complex patch  
> harder, 

i guess about 95% of patches with segmented patch-chords that i have 
seen do it like this.
this is why i don't want to encourage users to use it.

however, as said before, if there was a flag where i could turn off all 
the carefully laid-out segmentation (per patch, per pd-instance,...), i 
could be happy still :-)


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