StandardsRegExt: links to schemas
m.b.taylor at bristol.ac.uk
Mon Feb 20 07:33:15 PST 2012
On Mon, 20 Feb 2012, Ray Plante wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> (Note that as a registry "insider", I'm more ready to accept to accept
> your "outsider" opinion than my own, so this discussion is meant to
> tease out the essentials.)
while attempting to avoid us both falling over backwards to agree
with each other - you've probably got more different perspectives
than me on the reg, I tend to just do one thing with it.
> On Mon, 20 Feb 2012, Mark Taylor wrote:
> > 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.
> Imagine a stylesheet-rendered version of the example given in section
> 3.1.1, the record for the StandardsRegExt standard which includes the
> links to the schema and examples.
> > 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.
> These schemas and examples embedded in the spec documents have not
> typically been available as links to separate, electronic versions,
> but I suppose they could have.
OK well I agree that it's a Good Thing for people to be able to
access both schema and examples easily. I would have thought that a
(free-form, long) standards document is a better place for that
sort of thing than a (formal, terse) registry record, but if registry
insiders think it's appropriate to have it inside the registry,
I wouldn't argue against it on the grounds of general desirability
(after all having it in the registry record doesn't preclude it from
appearing in standards documents too).
> That said, I get your point that the there is not necessarily a strong
> need to add links to schemas and examples in the record, particularly
> at this time in the review process.
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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