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Re: Convenience suggestion: Allow metadata in a CSV file

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:30:59 -0400
Message-ID: <5541A1F3.7040509@dbooth.org>
To: Yakov Shafranovich <yakov-ietf@shaftek.org>
CC: W3C CSV on the Web Working Group <public-csv-wg@w3.org>
The instance data and metadata CSV files that I used in the video:

David Booth

On 04/29/2015 11:01 PM, Yakov Shafranovich wrote:
> Do you have a sample file?
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 10:43 PM, David Booth <david@dbooth.org> wrote:
>> I don't know if the working group has already considered this, but I'd like
>> to suggest consider allowing CSV metadata to be specified in another CSV
>> file, as an alternative to JSON.  I have found this approach to be quite
>> convenient in a tool that I've been developing, and I think it could
>> increase uptake of a CSV metadata standard.
>> Here is a very short mockup video (2 minutes 59 seconds) that illustrates
>> this approach:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmQWHdaN8_w
>> I realize that some CSV metadata authors may prefer JSON syntax.  But as
>> simple as JSON is, spreadsheet competence is far more widespread.  Also I
>> would not blame anyone for being disinclined to consider this approach given
>> the late date.  But this approach only involves different syntax -- not
>> semantics -- and if it does indeed lower the adoption barrier then it seems
>> to me that it would be worth considering.
>> What do others think?
>> Thanks,
>> David Booth
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