The <time> element
Parent element: <attributes>
Time signatures are represented by the <beats> element for the numerator and the <beat-type> element for the denominator. Multiple pairs of <beat> and <beat-type> elements are used for composite time signatures with multiple denominators, such as 2/4 + 3/8. A composite such as 3+2/8 requires only one <beat>/<beat-type> pair.
The print-object attribute allows a time signature to be specified but not printed, as is the case for excerpts from the middle of a score. The value is "yes" if not present.
Exactly one of the following
- In this order
|color||color||No||Indicates the color of an element.|
|default-x||tenths||No||Changes the computation of the default horizontal position. The origin is changed relative to the left-hand side of the note or the musical position within the bar. Positive x is right and negative x is left.
This attribute provides higher-resolution positioning data than the <offset> element. Applications reading a MusicXML file that can understand both features should generally rely on this attribute for its greater accuracy.
|default-y||tenths||No||Changes the computation of the default vertical position. The origin is changed relative to the top line of the staff. Positive y is up and negative y is down.
This attribute provides higher-resolution positioning data than the placement attribute. Applications reading a MusicXML file that can understand both attributes should generally rely on this attribute for its greater accuracy.
|font-family||font-family||No||A comma-separated list of font names.|
|font-size||font-size||No||One of the CSS sizes or a numeric point size.|
|font-style||font-style||No||Normal or italic style.|
|font-weight||font-weight||No||Normal or bold weight.|
|halign||left-center-right||No||In cases where text extends over more than one line, horizontal alignment and justify values can be different. The most typical case is for credits, such as:
Words and music by
Typically this type of credit is aligned to the right, so that the position information refers to the right-most part of the text. But in this example, the text is center-justified, not right-justified.
The halign attribute is used in these situations. If it is not present, its value is the same as for the justify attribute. For elements where a justify attribute is not allowed, the default is implementation-dependent.
|id||ID||No||Specifies an ID that is unique to the entire document.|
|number||staff-number||No||Allows a time signature to apply to only the specified staff in the part. If absent, the time signature applies to all staves in the part.|
|print-object||yes-no||No||Specifies whether or not to print an object. It is yes if not specified.|
|relative-x||tenths||No||Changes the horizontal position relative to the default position, either as computed by the individual program, or as overridden by the default-x attribute. Positive x is right and negative x is left. It should be interpreted in the context of the <offset> element or directive attribute if those are present.|
|relative-y||tenths||No||Changes the vertical position relative to the default position, either as computed by the individual program, or as overridden by the default-y attribute. Positive y is up and negative y is down. It should be interpreted in the context of the placement attribute if that is present.|
|separator||time-separator||No||Indicates how to display the arrangement between the <beats> and <beat-type> values in a time signature.|
|symbol||time-symbol||No||Indicates how to display a time signature, such as by using common and cut time symbols or a single number display.|
|valign||valign||No||Indicates vertical alignment to the top, middle, bottom, or baseline of the text. The default is implementation-dependent.|
This element is used in the following examples: