The <appearance> element

Parent element: <defaults>

The <appearance> element controls general graphical settings for the music's final form appearance on a printed page of display. This includes support for line widths, definitions for note sizes, standard distances between notation elements, and Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL) glyphs, plus an extension element for other aspects of appearance.


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This element is used in the following examples:

<defaults>, <glyph>, Tutorial: Après un rêve, Tutorial: Chopin Prelude, Tutorial: Chord Symbols, Tutorial: Percussion, Tutorial: Tablature