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ISSUE-8 of "Model for Tabular Data and Metadata on the Web"

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:25:42 -0400
Message-ID: <53420CA6.7090901@dbooth.org>
To: "public-csv-wg@w3.org" <public-csv-wg@w3.org>, Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>, 'Gregg Kellogg' <gregg@greggkellogg.com>
Regarding ISSUE-8:
http://w3c.github.io/csvw/syntax/#h_issue_8
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Should there be a default navigational thing of continuing up the path 
hierarchy until you find a metadata document?
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My sense at present: No.  I suspect that would be substantially more 
likely to lead to erroneous metadata interpretation than to be useful. 
However, I *do* think it would be *very* useful to be able to put a 
single metadata file in a directory and have it apply to all CSV files 
in that directory.  This would be particularly useful to organizations 
that periodically publish new versions of CSV files: the metadata file 
can be created once, and thereafter left unchanged as new CSV files are 
added, at least until the structure or meaning of the CSV file changes.

BTW, to facilitate backward compatibility of metadata files, it would be 
really nice if any non-applicable metadata were ignored.  So, for 
example, if a column is renamed from "City" to "Town", it could safely 
contain metadata for both City and Town columns, and whichever one did 
not appear in the CSV data would be ignored.   Was the WG already 
planning on this approach?

Thanks,
David
Received on Monday, 7 April 2014 02:26:10 UTC

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