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Footnotes to:
A Reader's Guide to the HyTime Standard


Actually, it started with an initiative to create a standard language for abstract music representation. See The History of the Development of HyTime for details.


FSIDR is the only facility on which the HyTime architecture is not directly dependent, although its creation was inspired by the storage management requirements of distributed hypermedia systems.]


The "normative" parts of a standard are like legislation; they describe precisely what is required to conform to the standard. (The other parts, clearly distinguished as explanatory notes, tutorials, etc., are merely "informative" and are provided only as an aid to understanding the normative portions.)

For more on this subject, see How to Read a Standard by Charles. F. Goldfarb.

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