The <staff-size> element

Parent element: <staff-details>

The <staff-size> element indicates how large a staff space is on this staff, expressed as a percentage of the work's default scaling. Values less than 100 make the staff space smaller while values over 100 make the staff space larger. A <staff-type> of cue, ossia, or editorial implies a <staff-size> of less than 100, but the exact value is implementation-dependent unless specified here. Staff size affects staff height only, not the relationship of the staff to the left and right margins.

In some cases, a <staff-size> different than 100 also scales the notation on the staff, such as with a cue staff. In other cases, such as percussion staves, the lines may be more widely spaced without scaling the notation on the staff. The scaling attribute allows these two cases to be distinguished.




Name Type Required? Description
scaling non-negative-decimal No Specifies the percentage scaling that applies to the notation. Values less that 100 make the notation smaller while values over 100 make the notation larger.


This element is used in the following examples:

<capo>, <staff-size>, <staff-tuning>, <staff-type>, Tutorial: Tablature