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I-D ACTION:draft-cordell-mmusic-umf-00.txt



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	Title		: UMF - The Universal Message Format
	Author(s)	: P. Cordell
	Filename	: draft-cordell-mmusic-umf-00.txt
	Pages		: 26
	Date		: 30-May-01
	
A number of methods and tools are available for defining the format
of messages used for signalling protocols.  However, many of these
methods and tools have been designed for purposes other than message
definition, and have been adopted on the basis that they are readily
available rather than being ideally suited to the task.  This often
means that the methods make it difficult to get definitions correct,
or result in unnecessary verbosity both in the definition and on the
wire.
UMF - the Universal Message Format - has been custom designed for the
purpose of message definition.  It is thus easy to specify messages
in a compact, extensible format that is readily machine manipulated
to produce a compact encoding on the wire.

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