Left Align First Lyric In System

Version 01.05.00
Added 24 Oct 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x and Sibelius 20.x

Left-aligns the first word or syllable in a lyric line, leaving the alignment of other syllables unchanged. This is to support a common technique in hymnals.

The plugin accomplishes this by forcing the first lyric syllable in a system for each text style in that bar to act as though it covers at least 2 notes. This forces left alignment.

An unfortunate side effect is that syllables that generate hyphens will not show their hyphens. To get around this, the plugin appends 2 non breaking spaces and a hyphen to the text of syllables that would normally show hyphens.

Since this could could cause unwanted layout changes, this zip file also includes the plugin Adjust Fake Lyric Hyphen, which will find adjusted syllables and let you choose the number of non breaking spaces to use for each such syllable.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.