The <direction> element
A direction is a musical indication that is not necessarily attached to a specific note. Two or more may be combined to indicate words followed by the start of a dashed line, the end of a wedge followed by dynamics, etc. For applications where a specific direction is indeed attached to a specific note, the <direction> element can be associated with the first <note> element that follows it in score order that is not in a different voice.
By default, a series of <direction-type> elements and a series of child elements of a <direction-type> within a single <direction> element follow one another in sequence visually. For a series of <direction-type> children, non-positional formatting attributes are carried over from the previous element by default.
In this order
- <direction-type> (One or more times)
- <offset> (Optional)
- In this order
- <staff> (Optional)
- <sound> (Optional)
- <listening> (Optional)
|directive||yes-no||No||Changes the default-x position of a direction. It indicates that the left-hand side of the direction is aligned with the left-hand side of the time signature. If no time signature is present, the direction is aligned with the left-hand side of the first music notational element in the measure. If a default-x, justify, or halign attribute is present, it overrides this attribute.|
|id||ID||No||Specifies an ID that is unique to the entire document.|
|placement||above-below||No||Indicates whether something is above or below another element, such as a note or a notation.|
|system||system-relation||No||Distinguishes elements that are associated with a system rather than the particular part where the element appears.|
This element is used in the following examples: