Bug #602


Added by Owen Eddins over 18 years ago. Updated over 18 years ago.

Owen Eddins
eml - general bugs
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Matt Jones pointed out that asciiFixed and asciiDelimited should
be changed to less misleading name like textFixed and textDelimited
because other encoding schemes are possible. Unicode for example.
Describing these as asciiFixed or asciiDelimited is misleading
because it implies it can only be ascii. The encoding scheme
can be set in <physical><dataObject><characterEncoding>

Data Objects whose format is a mixture of fixed and delimited are
not supported as eml-physical is currently structured. For example,
data objects whose physical structure looks like this cannot be


The second attribute is a composite of two attributes that
are of fixed length but with no fixed fieldStartColumn.

I recommend the following changes to eml-physical to support mixed
data formats.

Both asciiDelimited and textFixed be placed as repeatable choices
under a new element called textFormat. numHeaderLines and
numPhysicalLines be made optional subelements of textFormat
because they are global to the data objects being described.
The only actual content change would be moving numPhysicalLines
as a subelement of textFixed and making it a subelement of
textFormat. So the instance document chunk that would describe
the above data object would look like this:


Note that fieldStartColumn is set to -1. Because this column
does not make sense in a mixed format context we could set this
value to -1 OR make this element optional. Currently
fieldStartColumn is an unsignedInt. We would have to make it
an integer or long to support negative numbers

See file eml-physical.xsd sent to eml-dev.

The above solution for mixed data formats solves the problem
of <asciiFixed><fieldBounds> not being repeatable. If folks want
eml-physical to stay as is this element needs to be made repeatable
or you will be limited to only one attribute per dataObject. Clearly,
this was an oversight.

eml-physical.xsd (69.1 KB) eml-physical.xsd Owen Eddins, 09/24/2002 12:25 PM
eml-physical.xsd (68.7 KB) eml-physical.xsd Owen Eddins, 10/01/2002 01:49 PM
eml-physical.xsd (71 KB) eml-physical.xsd Owen Eddins, 10/02/2002 09:09 AM


#1 Updated by Owen Eddins over 18 years ago

I'm attaching eml-physical.xsd instead of sending in to eml-dev

#3 Updated by Matt Jones over 18 years ago

Reformatted and checked in owen's schema as attached here. Some notes and issues:

1) Many of the fields are now only available under the "complex" element, when
in fact they would be useful generally in both the simpleDelimited and complex
cases. It would be useful to factor out the recordDelimiter, quoteCharacter,
literalCharacter fields for use in both delimited cases. Also, maxRecordLength
really applies to both fixed and delimited cases, and is just a guide to tell
some processing systems what a physical record might look like. There are cases
in fixed format data where there is no recordDelimiter, and one must rely on
maxRecordLength to determine when to stop parsing one record and start parsing
the next. Sooo... is it ok if I move the location of these fields?

2) I don't understand how lineNumber works in the current model of complex.
Could you explain how I should interpret a line number of "2" in the current
model? Maybe an example instance of a multi-line record would be useful in a
test/multiline.xml example. We already have samples of the others in
test/eml-physical.xml and lib/samples/eml-sample.xml for reference -- they
validate properly now, but will need to be updated for any changes made.

3) Also, a bunch of fields are not documented, and some of the documentation
seems out-of-date -- we need to make sure that this documentation is complete
and accurate, although I can understand waiting until we finalize the schema.

#5 Updated by David Blankman over 18 years ago

If orientation moves from dataTable to physical then it should probably be
modeled differently in binaryRaster, textFormat, and formatType. In binaryRaster
it should have an enumeration of "landscape" or "portrait". In textFormat,
"recordsInRows" or "recordsInColumns". Maybe we should rename formatType to
otherFormatType. In other FormatType, perhaps a union of "recordsInRows" or
"recordsInColumns" and any.

#6 Updated by Matt Jones over 18 years ago

Finished schema changes to eml-physical, and completely redocumented the module.
Moved orientation from eml-dataTable to eml-physical because, after much
discussion, we agreed this is a physical construct. As far as I know, all
changes to eml-physical for RC2 are complete. RESOLVED FIXED.

#7 Updated by Redmine Admin almost 8 years ago

Original Bugzilla ID was 602

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