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abc:standard:route-map [2012/07/22 05:59]
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-==== Route map for the abc standard ====+==== Route-map for the abc standard ====
  
-From the discussions that emerged over 2.1 it is clear that a number of changes and enhancements are necessary for the abc standard. However, I am reluctant to do them all in one go so a proposed route map of major updates is given below.+From the discussions that emerged over 2.1 it is clear that a number of changes and enhancements are necessary for the abc standard. However, I am reluctant to do them all in one goso a proposed route-map of [[#major updates]] is given below together with some [[#​fundamental principles]].
  
-If necessary, corrections,​ clarifications and minor updates will be published as minor version numbers ​(abc 2.1.1, abc 2.1.2, etc). +If required, corrections,​ clarifications and small discrete additions to the syntax can be published as [[#minor updates]] ​(e.g. abc 2.1.1, abc 2.1.2, etc).
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-The route map also indicates some of the discussions that are taking place (mailing list links below point to the start of the discussion - for subsequent discussion, click on the link and then scroll down the page).+
  
 === Fundamental principles === === Fundamental principles ===
  
 Abc notation has been around for many years now and so a number of principles are worth stating with regard to the development of the standard: Abc notation has been around for many years now and so a number of principles are worth stating with regard to the development of the standard:
-  * Clarity, conciseness and, above all, human readability are absolutely fundamental to abc notation and any new features which are introduced must respect those aims+  * Clarity, conciseness and, above all, human readability are absolutely fundamental to abc notation and any new features which are introduced must respect those precepts
-  * There is now a large corpus of abc music with tens of thousands of tunes encoded in abc, including many of the major Western European collections (e.g. O'​Neills). In many ways this, and the familiarity with abc built up by thousands of users, is more important than any additional syntax and so all updates must be backwards compatible with current common usage.+  * There is now a large corpus of abc music with tens of thousands of tunes encoded in abc, including many of the major Western European collections (e.g. O'​Neills). In many ways this corpus, and the familiarity with abc built up by thousands of users, is more important than any additional syntax and so all updates must be backwards compatible with current common usage.
   * Abc is above all a language for describing music and so there should be clear separation between content and any formatting information (much in the same way that css separates out formatting information from html content).   * Abc is above all a language for describing music and so there should be clear separation between content and any formatting information (much in the same way that css separates out formatting information from html content).
  
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 === Minor updates === === Minor updates ===
  
-The following topics ​are under discussion on the abcusers mailing list and may be included in any version once a consensus is reached. Alternatively,​ since each topic is relatively discrete each of them could be published as a minor version number.+The following topics ​have been under discussion on the abcusers mailing list and may be included in any version once a consensus is reached. Alternatively,​ since each topic is relatively discrete each of them could be published as a minor version number.
  
   * transposition - see [[abc:​standard:​v2.1:​proposals]]   * transposition - see [[abc:​standard:​v2.1:​proposals]]
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