[CF-metadata] Pre-proposal for "charset"

Bob Simons - NOAA Federal bob.simons at noaa.gov
Wed Feb 22 11:44:21 MST 2017

No. CF section 9.5 says: "The variable carrying the cf_role attribute may
have any data type."
And that makes sense, because some profile_id might be an integer and
theoretically could be a single char.

Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:15:46 +0000
> From: Jonathan Gregory <j.m.gregory at reading.ac.uk>
> To: cf-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu
> Subject: Re: [CF-metadata] Pre-proposal for "charset"
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> Dear Bob
> Thnaks for the helpful example. Yes, I agree that on the basis of netCDF
> alone
> you can't tell whether it's a string or a 10-char array. However, the
> cf_role
> is a string-valued attribute, according to the CF convention, so it must
> be a
> string. I expect that for contents of netCDF files that follow the CF con-
> vention this ambiguity shouldn't arise - but if there are cases where it
> does
> we should consider them.
> Best wishes
> Jonathan
> --

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