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In late November 1995, IRDU formed the 'Music Group'. The groups main purpose is to develop a mark-up language like HTML for transferring of musical pieces over the Internet. In essence, their proposed draft Musical Notation Mark-up Language specification is a much simplified version of SMDL.
A musical score thus coded can be transmitted over a network as a small text file and reconstructed in its entirety at the user's end through (typically) a World Wide Web browser. MNML-aware browsers will display the lyrics, proper notes, and staves in the traditional western music format. Non-MNML-aware browsers will still be able to convey a sense of the music, since the MNML format is readable.
This explicit design for the WWW, and the availability of software tools at an early stage, make this standard an interesting format. It should be noted though, that the standard (as it currently exists) is not fully comprehensive. MNML, as it stands, fully describes the basic melody and lyrics of a piece. Describing fully a musical score can be a complex task and the group's initial target is to "make MNML comprehensive enough to fully describe straight-forward single-instrument musical pieces. A standard musical piece for the piano is considered a straight-forward single-instrument musical piece."
MNML was also a part of the Asia Pacific Networking Group conference in Singapore in February 1996.
Internet MNML-aware display engine
This display engine is used to translate MNML compliant files to musical notes on screen.
An application for creating, editing and saving musical pieces in MNML format. Available for Windows 3.x and Windows 95.
MNML version 1.3
MNML version 2.0