1. Introduction

A.
Background

This website houses the Central Council's [draft] framework for method ringing ('the framework' or 'FMR').

The framework provides common language and terminology for describing many aspects of method ringing, and it also contains the Central Council's requirements for adding new methods to the Central Council's methods library, for classifying and extending methods, and for record length performances. The framework is provided to support effective communication within the ringing community, and its use by all is strongly encouraged.

The framework is a Standard (a type of Policy under the Central Council's rules). It is mandatory for anything included in the CC's various collections and records (methods, variations, calls, extension processes, record lengths), including how things are recorded, classified, analysed and reported.

B.
Material

This website contains both (1) the framework, and (2) supporting material that assists in the understanding of the framework, expands upon certain definitions and requirements in the framework, and further assists ringers in communicating about method ringing.

The top level parts of Sections 1 to 9 of this website are the framework. 'Top level' means the parts of these sections excluding the expanded material that displays when the '+' buttons are pressed. The appendices of this website, as well as the expanded parts of Sections 1 to 9, are supporting material.

The framework is implemented by the Central Council's Executive, and the supporting material is updated by the Council's Technical & Taxonomy Workgroup when the need arises.

Method ringing terms that are defined in the framework are capitalised wherever they are used elsewhere in the framework.

A hardcopy version of the framework (in pdf format) is available here.

C.
Overview of the Framework

Section 3 provides definitions of core method ringing terms that are used to describe methods, compositions and performances. The further explanation in Section 3.D.1 includes a diagram that shows how various core terms relate to one another. The framework doesn't attempt to define all terms related to method ringing -- for this, see the glossary of ringing terms at http://jaharrison.me.uk/Ringing/Glossary.

Section 4 describes how methods are classified (i.e. grouped according to common features). The further explanation in Section 4.A.1 links to a diagram that shows the various classes and sub-classes of method.

Section 5 contains the requirements for naming new methods and recording them in the Central Council's Methods Library.

Section 6 gives best practices for reporting method ringing performances (notably reporting in The Ringing World and on BellBoard).

Section 7 states the requirements for a performance to be added to the Central Council's register of record lengths.

Section 8 describes how methods at different stages can be related to one another, and thus may be eligible to share the same method name.

Section 9 describes functions performed by the Central Council and The Ringing World related to the framework.

D.
Development

For information on how the framework was developed, and the design principles that were employed, please see Appendix E.