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SmartMusic Finale Garritan MusicXML

Conclusions

MusicXML has succeeded in becoming the de facto interchange standard for symbolic music applications that use common Western music notation. It succeeded in this task where numerous previous and contemporary efforts failed. I hope that this analysis into factors that seemed particularly important in MusicXML’s success help other people to drive the successful adoption of open interchange standards in other application areas. Standards adoption is a technical and social process, and careful attention must be paid to both to meet with success.


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