7 Arbitrary Graphical Elements

In addition to the musical concepts presented in the previous sections, GUIDO supports the use of arbitrary graphical elements on score pages via the tags \symbol and \pageSymbol. However, these tags are purely graphical in nature and do not have any musical meaning associated with them. These tags should only be used if the graphical element in question is not supported by other concepts in GUIDO, which additionally carry musical meaning.

7.1 \symbol

This purely graphical tag places a graphical symbol, which is either defined as a character in a font or given as a graphics file, in the score. The symbol is positioned relative to the current staff and it does not cause a change in the current drawing position.

Parameters: (in the order of their default positions):

Range: optional; if a range is specified, the current position is the reference position of the first note in the range.

Remarks: Other graphic file formats could be analogously supported, such as GIF or JPEG.

Examples:

        \symbol<"guido:#34", ...>   % char #34 in guido font
        \symbol<"scriabin:c", ...>  % char c in scriabin font
        \symbol<"myfont:trebleClef", ...>  % char named treble clef in font "myfont"
        \symbol<"BMP:myPath/myImg.bmp">, ...> % bitmap file 
        ...

7.2 \pageSymbol

This purely graphical tag places a graphical symbol, which is either defined as a character in a font or given as a graphics file, in the score. The symbol is positioned relative to a number of standard reference points on the page and is independent of any musical information on the page.

Parameters: (in the order of their default positions):

Range: none.

Remarks: Other graphic file formats could be analogously supported, such as GIF or JPEG.

Examples:

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