StandardsRegExt: links to schemas
m.b.taylor at bristol.ac.uk
Mon Feb 20 05:13:33 PST 2012
(I've narrowed the distribution again since this concerns the details
of the proposal rather than the procedure)
On Mon, 20 Feb 2012, Ray Plante wrote:
> > If the main use case is, as you say, human discovery of the schemas,
> > it doesn't seem to add all that much benefit, since for a human making
> > use of such a registry record, the cost of the additional step of
> > indirecting via the human-readable standard document itself is likely
> > to be low compared with whatever use is being made of it
> > (e.g. trying to understand what it means and how to use it).
> This is a reasonable argument. I might offer that a human that
> encounters a rendering of the record such as this one:
> (which doesn't actually define a schema; that is, an autogenerated,
> human-readable rendering of the record) and perhaps who is not
> completely ignorant of the context of the standard might appreciate
> seeing a link to the schema file and associated examples.
I'm a bit confused then (quite common when I'm discussing topics
with the word "schema" in). What schema(s) would be referenced
in a registry record like this? As you say this standard doesn't
define a schema. The examples are very useful, but given that, they
should be (and in this case are) in the human-readable standard
document, or at least linked from it.
Further, it's much easier to give context to the examples if they
are approached from the human-readable document than simply referenced
from a registry record.
Mark Taylor Astronomical Programmer Physics, Bristol University, UK
m.b.taylor at bris.ac.uk +44-117-928-8776 http://www.star.bris.ac.uk/~mbt/
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