standard sloppy values (was) The end of DELTA?

Susan B. Farmer sfarmer at GOLDSWORD.COM
Tue Nov 23 19:39:58 CET 1999

>This came up in several different forms already, but any hierarchy should be
>able to be terminated at any level without generating a syntax error.
>need to be defined based on the depth of the hierarchy in any particular
>instance. This will help to accommodate the large body of semi-structured text
>descriptions that already exist and were discussed earlier. For example, the
>"Leaf" node might be defined to contain a list of optional properties (or
>sub-nodes) such as size, shape... but the standard should allow for free text
>description as well, perhaps by allowing for a <NaturalLangage> as one of the
>options, sort of an "other" category but with definable semantics.

One of the things that I did when I was coding up my original DELTA dataset
(since I was wortking from published floras, etc) was to code a text
character at the end of the characters for a given organ (e.g., leaf)
that included the text of the protolog, or whatever textual description
that I was working from .  This wasn't necessarily for searching
or information retrieval; but rather it was to allow me to *later*
come back and verify the data without having to go did the original
source off the shelf.  Lazy woman's option.

Susan Farmer
sfarmer at
Botany Department, University of Tennessee

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