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Bug 8294 - MEX: editorial: description of @Identifier too verbose
Summary: MEX: editorial: description of @Identifier too verbose
Alias: None
Product: WS-Resource Access
Classification: Unclassified
Component: MetadataExchange (show other bugs)
Version: FPWD
Hardware: All All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Gilbert Pilz
QA Contact: notifications mailing list for WS Resource Access
Keywords: hasProposal
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-11-14 02:16 UTC by Gilbert Pilz
Modified: 2010-03-17 10:56 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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proposal 1; Word-munged copy of WS-MEX with change tracking (33.07 KB, application/x-zip-compressed)
2010-01-22 22:16 UTC, Gilbert Pilz

Description Gilbert Pilz 2009-11-14 02:16:40 UTC
The description of "/mex:Metadata/mex:MetadataSection/@Identifier" contains the following:

"The interpretation of Identifier is Dialect-specific. While the Dialect attribute indicates the metadata format and version of the metadata in the Metadata Section, the Identifier attribute MAY be used to identify a Metadata Section or to just differentiate between Metadata Sections containing the same type of metadata. The value of the Identifier MAY be the same as the value of one of the attributes or elements of the metadata in the Metadata Section (if the metadata is included by value) or in the representation of a metadata resource (if the metadata is included by reference through Metadata Reference or Location). A metadata publisher MAY choose any value for the Identifier. The values of Identifier attributes in multiple Metadata Section elements in the same Metadata element MAY be the same. For well-known metadata formats, it is RECOMMENDED that the value of the Identifier comes from the metadata when that is possible, as the table below shows."

When you boil this all down it comes to "An @Identifier MAY be anything." In addition to this, for Dialect IRIs that WS-MEX defines, the RECOMMENDATION that the value of @Identifer come from the metadata is too weak.

General Proposaql: Rewrite the above paragraph to indicated that, if the Dialect IRI is one of those defined by WS-MEX, the @Identifier MUST match the value from the table. In other cases @Identifier is not constrained.
Comment 1 Gilbert Pilz 2010-01-22 22:16:07 UTC
Created attachment 808 [details]
proposal 1; Word-munged copy of WS-MEX with change tracking
Comment 2 Robert Freund 2010-01-27 18:38:31 UTC
resolved as proposed with the amendment that the sentence “The interpretation of Identifier is Dialect-specific” be retained