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Subject: [humanmarkup] Base Schema - measurement

Ah, at last, an element that I believe will be darn difficult to question.

But I'm going to try. Actually I am just going to add a bit that I 
think is necessary.


This is a Complex Type element without the attribute abstract. It is 
described and defined as being used to creat distance or length 
values. It does not reference other elements. It is not used by other 

I would add all the standard weights and measures. I will check on 
the best references for that.

My only question is whether there are distinctly human values for 
which we need to have physical measurements? I don't think so.

However, do we need separate measurements for olfactory and taste 
data? I suspect that we need to ask if those should be in the primary 
or in the Human Physical Characteristics Description Markup Language 
as adjunct values for sensory phenomena? I suppose we might also want 
to clarify intensity values which we will be using for haptics, 
emotion, kinesics, but I don't think they apply to this element. I'm 
mostly thinking out loud so to speak here since measurements apply to 
so many phenomena, many of which are somewhat or wholly subjective 
and I certainly do not think we should attempt to create measurements 
for such on our own.

Rex Brooks
Starbourne Communications Design
1361-A Addison, Berkeley, CA 94702 *510-849-2309
http://www.starbourne.com * rexb@starbourne.com

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