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RE: NY Property Tax Explorer

From: Makx Dekkers <mail@makxdekkers.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:21:13 +0100
To: "'DWBP WG'" <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000c01d0695a$117a3860$346ea920$@makxdekkers.com>
Hi Laufer,


Maybe a misunderstanding. I was not saying people should not publish metadata. It is not clear to me how you could get that impression from the message I sent.


I was saying we should not make absolute and unqualified statements that may be read as if we think that people who publish PDFs are stupid. We should on the contrary convey positive messages pointing out that it is more useful to publish tabular data in formats that are better suited for machine-processing.





De: Laufer [mailto:laufer@globo.com] 
Enviado el: 28 March 2015 13:08
Para: Makx Dekkers
Asunto: Re: NY Property Tax Explorer




I cannot see in our document we saying to people to not publish metadata. On the contrary, the first BP in the document is to publish metadata.


I think we all agree (in general) about this matter. What we need is a very good text in the introduction of our document summarizing the text of this thread.


Best Regards,


Em sábado, 28 de março de 2015, Makx Dekkers <mail@makxdekkers.com <mailto:mail@makxdekkers.com> > escreveu:

> Anyone publishing tabular data in a PDF really needs to have a word with
> themselves.

Can we maybe try not to get into these kinds of absolute, unqualified

I agree that if someone has tubular data and creates a PDF that contains
only a table with just that table is not doing anyone a service. However, if
such a table is included in a document that contains explanations and
analysis of the data, aimed at a human readership, I don't think PDF is a
bad choice. Of course, the data in the table should be published in a better
machine-readable format alongside the PDF. What I would not want to see is
that we encourage service providers to publish data only as CSV and
discontinue publication of any human-readable information.

As Annette says, it depends on the intention.


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