aa at astro.ex.ac.uk
Tue Jan 20 08:15:57 PST 2004
> > That isn't awkwardness, its cleverness.
> > The file can be pointed to using a URI, the file could be located
> > anywhere. This means the only thing that has to be passed by
> > intermediate services is a small bundle of XML, which has all the
> > descriptive meta-data.
> I guess that bit is clever, if it always works properly. My feelings may
> be coloured by recalling IRAF some years ago. One of its bulk data
> formats had data in one file, metadata in a separate file. That gave
> endless trouble to users, who kept finding the two didn't always travel
Yes, but since the XML file has a URI to the data file, if you have the
XML you can always find the data, and the XML is the thing you push down
Dr. A. Allan, School of Physics, University of Exeter
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