Timesys note review

François Bonnarel francois.bonnarel at astro.unistra.fr
Thu Dec 6 11:07:56 CET 2018

Hi Mark,

Le 06/12/2018 à 10:50, Mark Taylor a écrit :
> On Thu, 6 Dec 2018, François Bonnarel wrote:
>> The main issue there is not (to my eyes) that ref can come in several contexts
>> but that there is one single ref allowed on each element, which is coming from
>> xml itself and not from VOTable properly.
> No, it is a VOTable constraint.  VOTable could have been written so
> that you could make multiple references from a single element,
> e.g. by giving the ref attribute the type xs:IDREFS rather than
> xs:IDREF.
Thank you. I didn't know that, and forgot about xs:IDREFS
> But it's not.  In principle it would be possible to
> change that without invalidating any existing VOTable instances,
> since anything which fits IDREF also fits IDREFS.  But I'm not
> proposing that we do that.
Can you say why ? It looks like  that could avoid using too much GROUPs 
in some cases. But maybe there are other drawbacks I don't see.


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> Mark Taylor   Astronomical Programmer   Physics, Bristol University, UK
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