Unlike MusicXML which is designed for exchanging music between score editing and performance applications ABC is designed to be directly edited by humans. I can type a score in ABC with vim much faster than by fiddling with a mouse in a GUI score editor. Unlike other formats ABC works well with version control such as git. As with Latex what you see is not what you get. But the notation is intuitive the learning curve is pretty short and the benefits are awesome.
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