[QUANTITY] doc consistency
brian.thomas at gsfc.nasa.gov
Wed May 19 09:11:32 PDT 2004
On Wednesday 19 May 2004 12:46 pm, Pierre Didelon wrote:
> Pierre Didelon wrote:
> > Another point concerning all the levels is related to serialisation. As
> > you outlined it, it is a very important point and I feel that a
> > corresponding method would preferably included in the interface
> > definition at each level.
> May I insists?
> It would be nice to materialise the serialization possibility
> of quantity by a method, appearing in clase Frame or BasicQuantity.
Perhaps just a historical note, but the earlier versions of the interface
the editors had a serialization method (I think "toXML()") but it was argued
that this was bad design..the implementing packages for the VO interfaces
would/could have a variety of ways of serializing. Indeed, later in your
email you write some possibilities:
> be pure_xml, VOTable, ASCII, Fits, SQL Statements...
So its clear that we have to be more exact than "toXML()" or "serialize()"
if such methods are to be included in the interface.
So, for these reasons, it was decided to delay consideration of including
serialization (and deserialization) methods in the VO interfaces. Perhaps
we are nearing a time when they should be considered again, but I would
favor waiting until the summer to pick up that thread again.
* Dr. Brian Thomas
* Dept of Astronomy/University of Maryland-College Park
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