# RegTAP 1.1

Mark Taylor m.b.taylor at bristol.ac.uk
Fri Jan 19 12:52:32 CET 2018

On Wed, 17 Jan 2018, Markus Demleitner wrote:

> As you write below, the actual VOTable serialisation details should
> rarely matter, and so I'm mapping both char(*) and unicodeChar(*) to
> "string"; but I'm feeling this needs some elaboration, so I put this
> paragraph into the introduction to the table listing:
>
>   Many of the columns specified below are defined as haveing a string''
>   data type.  This is to be translated into arrays of \texttt{char} or
>   \texttt{unicodeChar} on VOTable output depending on the service
>   operators' decisions as to the representation of non-ASCII data in the
>   database.  For requirements and recommendations regarding national
>   characters in RegTAP, see Sect.~\ref{utfreq}.  The length of these
>   arrays is not defined by this standard, where, obviously, no artificial
>   length limits should be posed by implementations.  Implementors who have
>   to limit the length of strings in their databases are referred to
>   appendix~\ref{appBP}.
>
> I'm not 100% happy with this.  Better ideas are welcome.

Barring a couple of typos (fixed r4698) it looks fine to me.