[CF-metadata] Overstated restriction on references to external variables in version 1.7

Bärring Lars Lars.Barring at smhi.se
Wed Apr 5 05:16:20 MDT 2017


Hello Martin, David, all,

Martin raises an relevant point, even though it took me minute or two to see the difference.

Now :"The only CF standard attribute which is allowed to refer to external variables is cell_measures."
meaning that that only the CF standard attribute cell_measures is allowed to make reference external variables (as well as any non-CF standard attributes of course).

Martins suggestion: "The only attribute which is allowed to make a CF standard reference to external variables is cell_measures"
allows any of the 'free text' CF standard attributes to refer to external variables, but such reference will not be understood by software (as anything else in the free text attributes)

In both cases the intended meaning is preserved that a cell_method reference to an external variable will be understood by software.

I support Martin's suggestion.

Kind regards,
Lars




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Subject: Re: [CF-metadata] Overstated restriction on references to external variables in version 1.7

Hi David,

my point is indeed that you should be able to put anything in them, so have a standards document which says that you can't put references to external variables in them would be a mistake .....

cheers,
Martin

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From: David Hassell [david.hassell at ncas.ac.uk]
Sent: 05 April 2017 11:35
To: Juckes, Martin (STFC,RAL,RALSP)
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Subject: Re: [CF-metadata] Overstated restriction on references to external variables in version 1.7

Hello Martin,

I don't quite see what you mean - such attributes are non-standardised, so you can already put anything you like in them, but software won't be able to do anything about it. Could you perhaps give a CDL example?

Many thanks,

David

On 5 April 2017 at 09:36, <martin.juckes at stfc.ac.uk<mailto:martin.juckes at stfc.ac.uk>> wrote:
Hello All,

Section 2.6.3, External Variables, of version 1.7 of the standard contains the statement that:"The only CF standard attribute which is allowed to refer to external variables is cell_measures."

I believe this is stronger than intended: it should be possible, for instance, to refer to external variables in the comment and history attributes, and any other free text attribute, or the comment part of the cell_methods string.

Should it say something along the lines of:
"The only attribute which is allowed to make a CF standard reference to external variables is cell_measures"?

regards,
Martin

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