[Rd] StatDataML

Friedrich Leisch Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at
Mon, 6 Mar 2000 12:39:25 +0100 (CET)

>>>>> On Fri, 03 Mar 2000 17:01:31 -0500,
>>>>> Paul Gilbert (PG) wrote:

PG> Fritz
PG> Could you compare/contrast this a bit with NetCDF and  the UN/EDIFACT General
PG> Statistical Message (GESMES ). I know almost nothing about NetCDF, but from the
PG> little I know it seems to attempt to do a similar thing. I know a bit more about
PG> Gesmes, and there seems to be a lot of overlap with what you are proposing.

I don't know anything about GESMES, and have only looked into NetCDF a
little bit. Of course there are several ``standards'' for exchanging
data, and XML is one of them which looks promising to us.

One nice thing about XML is that more and more applications start
supporting it, i.e., have parsers for XML.  And you don't need any
special software for writing XML, as it is plain text -> you can
create XML files without the need to link any shared libs etc.

That XML can be easily extended is already part of the name ...


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