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Default staff number for Note element

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Default staff number for Note element

Postby Evan Brooks » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:44 pm

Hi Michael,

If a Note element is listed in a measure that has more than one staff (such as a grand staff for a piano part), but no <staff> element is contained in the Note element, is there a default staff that can be attributed to the note (such as the default of staff-number = 1 for the Clef element), or is this entirely at the discretion of the reading application? I cannot find any documentation on this, and Finale's interpretation of this scenario differs from LilyPond's - no surprise there.

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Re: Default staff number for Note element

Postby Michael Good » Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:30 pm

Hi Evan,

This is left up to each application. In most cases (stems and beams being notable exceptions), missing data implies that the writer did not know the data that is missing. So readers are free to interpret as they see fit.
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