[Tdwg-lit] Level 1

Anna Weitzman Weitzman at si.edu
Thu Feb 9 23:10:09 CET 2006

Thanks James,
Good questions all.  As with all standards, the language question is an
important one, and not one to be taken lightly.  My current opinion (an only
my personal one) is that we should decide on the standard elements in one
language (and English appears to be the one that continues to surface,
whether we all like that or not) and then figure out (and as technology
character sets--Unicode not yet being universally available) how to make
those work in all languages.  I also personally believe that is important to
include the source language and characters and to translate (or
transliterate) those into other language(s)...whether we choose a single
language or go for the UN languages.
However, the latter is a long range goal and we rely on those of you who
are fluent in those languages to assist us, now, and in making the standards
work in other languages (and probably metadata traditions).
ISO dates are an interesting question.  For taXMLit, we decided that we
should capture dates as they are in the original publication and that any
conversion/interpretation belongs in another (and later, still to be
developed--see the explanation document) layer.  For other standards, we
might consider a different solution, but for a full content standard, I
believe it best to record what is there and then to add one or more
interpretations to other standard(s) or opinions for someplace else (which
is closely linked and equally easily acceptable).

>>> Nozomi Ytow <nozomi at biol.tsukuba.ac.jp> 09-Feb-2006 2:11:16 PM >>>
Dear all,

thanks for documents, Anna.

The following questions came to my mind. These
are relevant to Level 1, but some also relevant
to contents of higher levels.

Do we assume ASCII only for human-readable portion,
or do we allow non-ASCII including east European,
Cyrillic and Asian characters?
If we allow non-ASCII, do we expect character
normalisation (senu Unicode)? Two or more code points
for a single character is not uncommon in Unicode.
If we allow non-ASCII, do we need to restrict some fields
to ASCII, even if the fields values are non-ASCII in 
the original literature?

Do we use standards such as ISO to display date?


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