Superscript-format for chords w/o using MuseJazz font
Like some other previous posters to the forum, I like my chord symbols with most of the material that's not the root name in the superscript position. Until 3.3, this required creating a whole new chords.xml file, which is a very daunting task.
Version 3.3 has a new option under Format..-->Style-->Chord Symbols, the "Extension scaling/vertical offset" and "Modifier scaling/vertical offset" settings. Setting them to "0.6" and "-4.00", I get the following results (see "Scaled.png").
Better than the default, but the diminished symbol's not being scaled, and the augmented triangle is neither scaled nor shifted. The "sus" isn't scaled or shifted, and the "4" behind it is scaled but not shifted. (Note that the nomenclature under the chords are actually 'lyrics' so I can keep track of what I'm expecting the chord symbol to say above the chord notes themselves.)
As it happens, I'd finished a first draft of an actual XML specification for superscripted chords before 3.3 was released. Here's the results:
As you can see, the diminished symbol's smaller, the augmented triangle's smaller and superscripted, and the "sus4" is up in the air as well.
However, there's a whole lot of stuff in the XML files that I don't really understand, I think in part because the original file is trying to accomodate many different traditions and styles of chord symbols. My XML file works great for the way I write chords, but probably isn't going to do some other people's chords quite right. In particular, I'm mystified by what appear to be three or four different ways of indicating major cords. There's "M", "Ma", "ma", "Maj" and "maj", which may or may not be the same as "maj7" chords.
For me, a "C7" chord is a C chord with a natural seven, aka Bb. A "C major seven" would have a B natural, and I'd write that chord with the "maj7" superscripted. A plain "C Major" chord would just be "C", and a "C Minor" chord would be "Cm". I'm doing jazz charts, so I often am doing half- and fully-diminished chords. I believe a "C half-diminished 7" chord is the same as a "C7 flat 5". I also handle things like "C add 11" (C, E, F, G) and "C seven minus five" (C, E, Bb).
I would appreciate feedback from other MuseScore users as to how YOU annotate chords, as well as volunteers to beta-test my superscript-format chords.xml file, which you'll find attached. Also attached is my chord testing score; I would love to add other chord nomenclature to it for more detailed testing.