The <scaling> element

Parent element: <defaults>

Margins, page sizes, and distances are all measured in tenths to keep MusicXML data in a consistent coordinate system as much as possible. The translation to absolute units is done with the <scaling> element, which specifies how many millimeters are equal to how many tenths. For a staff height of 7 mm, <millimeters> would be set to 7 while <tenths> is set to 40. The ability to set a formula rather than a single scaling factor helps avoid roundoff errors.


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This element is used in the following examples:

<concert-score> and <for-part>, <defaults>, <instrument-change>, Tutorial: Après un rêve, Tutorial: Chopin Prelude, Tutorial: Chord Symbols, Tutorial: Percussion, Tutorial: Tablature