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MCP 2.1 Release

The authors of the MUD Client Protocol (MCP) version 2.1 Specification
are pleased to announce its final public release.  The specification
is available at

<URL http://www.moo.mud.org/mcp2/>

MCP is a message format for "out-of-band" communication between MUD
clients and servers.  It is designed to be a very simple, extensible
system on which advanced MUD applications may be constructed.
Features of MCP 2.1 include:
  - An easily parsed message format
  - A versioning standard for MCP and applications built with it
  - "Packages", a way of grouping MCP messages into applications
  - "Cords", which multiplex client communications over a single

Client and MOO core (and other MUD database) authors are encouraged to
consider including MCP support in their systems.  If you're
considering doing this, we further encourage you to join the mcp-dev
mailing list by sending a message containing the text "subscribe
mcp-dev" to majordomo@research.att.com.  Archives of this mailing
list, which was the focal point for discussion of the developing spec
and will be used to discuss future versions of and extensions to the
spec, may be found at

<URL http://www.research.att.com/~davek/mcp-dev/>

Reference implementations of the MCP specification are forthcoming,
and will be announced to mcp-dev and moo-cows as they become
available, and as appropriate.

The MCP 2.1 spec was written by Jay Carlson, Roger Crew, Ken Fox,
Richard Godard, Dave Kormann, Erik Ostrom, John Ramsdell, Vijay
Saraswat, Andrew Wilson.  Substantial additional contributions and
critical comments were provided by Michael Brundage, William Drury
and Chris Rath.