[lug] MEAS Data file format
wallen at boulder.nist.gov
Wed Aug 16 14:20:08 MDT 2000
On Wed, 16 Aug 2000, Archer Sully wrote:
> David wrote:
> > * Write a grammar for your data file format (you do not need to admit
> > to anyone that you did it). ...
> > * I have no idea how practical this is in your setting. But you might
> > consider an alternative (actually an addition) to defining a
> > file-format: provide a library of (object-oriented?) functions that
> > enable people to write your standard files without even knowing that
> > they are doing it.
> Both these suggestions raise important points in favor of an XML
> definition for this format. At this point in time, I see little
> benefit to defining a format that isn't XML based.
This is hard to refute since I basically agree with you on this one.
The one problem I see though is that we somehow need to get these files
into a graphing program, a statistics package, spreadsheet, etc.. Are
these packages going to support XML as a native input data type any time
soon? The meas file was designed around the input format that these kinds
of programs currently use. With XML I think we'd need to create an XML to
flat-file converter program to make use of existing programs.
If nothing else, this excercise may give us some insight into what we may
want/need for an XML document type declaration.
(wallen at boulder.nist.gov)
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