Re: suggestion concerning names of attributes in dimension scale API

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"Robert E. McGrath" <mcgrath@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Sure, you can make the reserved names anything you want, but I 
> don't know any major use case where it will matter. 
> It's not clear to me that users should ever be putting their own attributes
> on a dimension scale dataset.  This is why I never worried about
> namespace issues.

In netCDF's use of dimscales, a coordinate variable is stored in HDF5
as a dimension scale.

In netCDF coordinate variables are treated just like other variable -
users can stick whatever attributes they want on there.

> I would note that the DS is consistent with the image and table
> specs.  If you change one, you might want to change them all--with
> a corresponding higher effort.

Oh golly.

> If it were up to me, I'd put htis in as a feature request and think
> about it before doing it.

Dimscales hasn't been released yet, right?

> If you decide to change it, be sure to change the specification,
> bump the version number, and fix all the software that may 
> use it, including the tools.  Be sure that Peter knows this
> change is coming!

Ed Hartnett  -- ed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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