MML, Manifold

Import any Manifold Markup Language .mml file for Release 9 or Radian.     MML files provide generic storage of Release 9 / Radian projects using a text markup language file.  They are primarily used for software development and are rarely seen in normal use.



To import from MML format:


  1. Choose File-Import from the main menu.

  2. In the Import dialog browse to the folder containing data of interest.

  3. Double-click the file ending in .mml for the data of interest.

  4. All components from the .mml file will be imported.



We can double-click on components that are created to view them.    This particular .mml file stores a project that had only two components, a drawing called Regions and the Regions Table for the drawing.



For a more interesting display, we first create a new data source using a Bing street maps image server as shown in the Example: An Imageserver Tutorial topic.   We then create a map and drag and drop the Bing layer into the map, and then we drag and drop the Regions drawing into the map.  


Release 9 .mml files will, of course, import identically to what they would be had the originating project been opened in a new Release 9 project.



Use Folders - Importing .mml projects can create many components.   To keep those from being mixed into existing components in a project, first create a folder and then, with the focus on the folder (click the folder in the Project pane to highlight it), do the import.  That will place all imported components into the folder.


Probably a Mistake - Except for specialized software development purposes, .mml files probably should never be used.   Standard Manifold  9 / Radian .map format is a highly reliable format, and the archival .mxb form of .map project format is compressed and small.   If we received an .mml file from someone, quite possibly they did not know they should be saving their projects in either the default .map project format or in .mxb archival project format.


See Also

Projects and .map Files