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Appendix C CUE sheet format

The CUE sheet format is a simple text file composed solely of CUE commands, its respective arguments, blank spaces and lines. The following syntactic rules apply to CCD sheets:

  1. Each command take one, and only one, entire line.
  2. Commands are case insensitive.
  3. Commands can be indented at will.
  4. Blank lines are ignored.

There are three contexts in a CUE sheet file: None, File and Track. The first of them is not introduced by any command, and the last two are introduced by FILE and TRACK commands, respectively. The only commands that pertain to more than one context, namely None and Track, are the CD-Text related commands TITLE, PERFORMER and SONGWRITER. The only commands that can appear multiple times within its contexts are FILE, TRACK, INDEX and REM.

The valid positions of a command are determined by the following rules:

  1. A command can only appear after the introduction of the context it pertains to.
  2. Within that context the position of a command is determined by its specific positioning rules.

Each following manual section corresponds to a CUE command. For each of them is explained its meaning, context structure and positioning rules. At the end of each section is an example of use and a reference to the correlated CCD sheet format element, if there is any.

The meaning of the context tables is:


The contexts to which this command pertains; ‘None’ here names the context introduced by no command.


Whether multiple instances of this command within a single instance of its context is allows; value is ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.


The commands that pertains to the context introduced by this command; ‘None’ if there is not one.

The meaning of the positioning tables is:


This command must appear after the commands listed here, if they are present. The expression ‘None’ means nothing.


This command must appear before the commands listed here, if they are present. The expression ‘None’ means nothing.

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