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OASIS Discussion List for Music Notation

OASIS Discussion List for Music Notation

From:      "Karl F. Best" <> 
Subject:   New OASIS discussion list: music notation
Date:      Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:50:12 -0500

Upon the request by three eligible participants, I have created an OASIS Discussion List for the purpose of discussing the possible creation of one or more OASIS Technical Committees related to music notation. Discussion on the list will begin in seven days, and the list and its archive will be deleted after 90 days. One or more TCs may or may not be formed as a result of this discussion.

The participants in the discussion list should decide if there is sufficient interest to form an OASIS TC, write a proposal to start the TC (including the TC charter), and select a TC chair.

The discussion list has been proposed by the following members of OASIS:

Matthew J. Dovey (, individual member
Michael Good, ( Recordare LLC
Donald Byrd, ( Indiana University

The discussion leader will be Matthew J. Dovey.

In order to participate in this discussion you should subscribe to the "music-notation-discuss" discussion list by sending a message to OASIS membership is not required in order to subscribe to this list. If you do not wish to subscribe but wish to view the discussion you may view the list archives at


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
Tel: office  +1 978.667.5115 x206
Tel: mobile +1 978.761.1648

Discussion List for Music Notation

Name of Discussion List


Strawman Statement of TC Purpose

The purpose of the Music Notation XML TC would be to develop a standard XML format for common Western musical notation. Whilst there are clearly a number of applications for such an XML standard, this TC will initially focus on an XML standard to serve as an interchange format for score writing, music notation editing, and music publishing products.

Many music notation products are already using XML for either interchange or native data storage. For example, interchange between Sibelius and Finale can be done using the MusicXML format. A major goal of the TC will be to minimize migration issues for existing music applications moving to an OASIS music notation standard.

The TC expects to receive existing music notation XML applications such as MusicXML and MEI as contributions to its work. These applications date back to 2000 and reflect the DTD technology of the time. The work of the TC may include modernizing current applications to improve support for schemas, namespaces, and other W3C and OASIS standards.


Eligible Persons wishing to create the discussion list:

Discussion leader

Matthew J. Dovey

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in "OASIS Opens Discussion List for Proposed Music Notation XML TC." General references in "XML and Music."

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