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Re: Model / Syntax Updates

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:33:17 +0100
Cc: W3C CSV on the Web Working Group <public-csv-wg@w3.org>
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To: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>

On 24 Feb 2014, at 18:15 , Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com> wrote:

> Hi Ivan,
> 
> Yes, good point about regions. I’ll rephrase to “a set of rows and columns and all the fields within the rows for those columns” or something.
> 
> Similarly, good catch about I18N. What’s the right way to approach the I18N people?

Well, when we feel it is o.k., we will have to contact the I18N WG:

Chair: Addison Phillips, addison@lab126.com, and the staff contact Richard Ishida, ishida@w3.org.

It is good if we do it on time, because they usually have lots of things on their plate. But I guess that asking specific questions might help.

Cheers

Ivan


> Jeni
> 
> ------------------------------------------------------
> From: Ivan Herman ivan@w3.org
> Reply: Ivan Herman ivan@w3.org
> Date: 24 February 2014 at 09:51:09
> To: Jeni Tennison jeni@jenitennison.com
> Subject:  Re: Model / Syntax Updates
> 
>> 
>> Hi Jeni,
>> 
>> Thanks!
>> 
>> one specific technical question... In 2.2 an annotated region  
>> seems to be any loose set of fields, without any further restriction.  
>> Ie, an annotated region is not necessarily a tabular sub-area  
>> within the whole table, it can be a loose set of fields without  
>> any structure. I wonder whether, for practical reasons, it is  
>> not worth defining a tabular region, that could be mapped, logically,  
>> onto a tabular data of its own.
>> 
>> I was also wondering about the I18N aspects of the definition.  
>> For example, the text says that to fix up CSV files that have blank  
>> columns, the parser should fix this up by indexing the column  
>> names. Your text does not say, but the examples suggest that this  
>> is done in a left-to-right manner at least in the syntax; I am not  
>> sure that would be o.k. with right-to-left writing systems.  
>> Possible constraints on the column names should also be cross-checked  
>> with other writing systems. In general, we should probably have  
>> the text reviewed by I18N people early on in the process (and not  
>> wait until the text gets closer to the publication when it is always  
>> more difficult to change).
>> 
>> thanks
>> 
>> Ivan
>> 
>> 
>> On 23 Feb 2014, at 19:23 , Jeni Tennison  
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi,
>>> 
>>> Following the call last week, I have made some updates to the  
>> "Syntax for Tabular Data on the Web” document at
>>> 
>>> http://w3c.github.io/csvw/syntax/
>>> 
>>> Namely:
>>> 
>>> * I have separated out three levels of data model:
>>> * a core data model which is just tables/columns/rows/fields  
>>> * an annotated data model in which each of these can be annotated  
>>> * a grouped data model in which there are multiple tables in a  
>> group
>>> 
>>> * I have stated that the ordering of columns is significant in  
>> the core data model
>>> 
>>> I have defined the annotated data model extremely loosely:  
>> it just says that tables, columns, rows, fields and regions can  
>> be annotated, but it doesn’t say anything about what those annotations  
>> might look like (eg that one of the annotations might be the *type*  
>> of a value). I think the direction I’d like to take that is to retain  
>> this very loose definition and then state that there are certain  
>> annotations (eg 'type', 'unique') that are understood by particular  
>> types of applications (eg validators, converters) in particular  
>> ways. Does that seem like a reasonable approach?
>>> 
>>> I haven’t made any attempt to tackle the syntax for annotated  
>> or grouped tables as yet.
>>> 
>>> Jeni
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>>> http://www.jenitennison.com/
>>> 
>> 
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