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RE: [xml-dev] ANN: a portable data component -- length

Interesting question, and one that goes to the heart of some of my current

Is there a standard XSD of SI units for inclusion somewhere on the web


Is there a standard XSD of SI scale ( peta / tera / giga / mega/ ...) for
inclusion anywhere on the web?


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-----Original Message-----
From: Liam R E Quin [mailto:liam@w3.org] 
Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:41 PM
To: John Cowan
Cc: Costello, Roger L.; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] ANN: a portable data component -- length

On Sat, 2011-04-09 at 15:55 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> Liam R E Quin scripsit:
> > (I'd use metric/SI units in a program as they're easier to deal 
> > with, and mixed-based ambiguity like 3 feet 7 inches doesn't occur)
> If you want to represent measurements, as distinct from counts, you 
> need to provide the measurement in the units actually measured.

+1 if they are actually being measured; one also has to give tolerance.

On Pete Cordell's point, the name of the element - I used <measurement>
rather than <distance> for no good or bad reason - one can't know a priori
whether the fact it's a measurement is more or less important than the fact
it's a linear measurement through space, a distance. One is not
intrinsically more "semantic" than the other.  But we can know that there's
a common danger in using element names for field names that come from some
non-XML source, as you might end up with non-XML chracters to deal with, or
markup in the field name -- e.g. mathematical notation, or annotations
(Japanese ruby comes to mind).

Someone else said that Normal Form is no gold standard - it isn't, but the
principle of not duplicating data still holds.  If Costelloitis takes hold,
you should at least mark which of two values is primary and which was

<jug id="jug">
  <capacity units="imperial_UK">4 gallons</capacity>
  <capacity units="US" derivedfrom="imperial_UK">4.5 gallons</capacity>

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