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Organising Requirements

From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:03:43 -0800
To: Tandy, Jeremy <jeremy.tandy@metoffice.gov.uk>
Cc: public-csv-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <etPan.530a622f.46e87ccd.10f@jenit.local>
Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for all your work pulling together the use cases and requirements.

Do you think it would be useful to cluster the requirements? Looking at them, I can see:

  * Parsing, eg requirements around recognising other delimiters
  * Annotation Types, eg R-PrimaryKey
  * Metadata Discovery, eg R-PackagingOfMultipleTables
  * Applications, eg R-CsvValidation
  * Non-Functional, eg R-ZeroEditCompatibility

Regarding the requirement R-PackagingOfMultipleTables, I think the requirement is to annotate a group of tables, not necessarily to package them. In other words, a design in which there was a metadata file that pointed to a group of tables hosted elsewhere on the web would seem to satisfy the requirement from PublicationOfNationalStatistics: they wouldn’t necessarily need to be packaged together (eg in a zip).

Also, FWIW, I would only take syntactic requirements from published “CSVs”, not from non-text-based formats like Excel. So, for example, I wouldn’t use the ONS Excel files as demonstrating a requirement to have multiple tables within a single CSV file.


Jeni Tennison
Received on Sunday, 23 February 2014 21:05:11 UTC

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