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Subject: [obix] Binary encoding (was: [obix] Groups -oBIX-1-1-spec-wd05.pdf uploaded)

The description of the binary encoding details specifically does not account for custom namespaces/elements/attributes as stated in section 8 para 2, which certainly seems reasonable.   However, it is wise to not provide a mechanism for such extensions to occur since they likely will anyway?    Conceptually, could we reserve a binary constant within the table in section 8.2 as a marker for a custom namespace/element/tag?      For example, binary constant 31 ( 31 << 2, using the notation in the aforementioned table) might be defined as the marker for a custom element or attribute, the name of which is encoded as a string immediately following the constant.     There are of course additional details to be worked here, but I think the concept is worth examining.

If there are no objections to this idea, I'd be happy to write up a more formal description as a proposal.

Side note - is it just my system or are several pages missing (or perhaps the table of contents is munged) - lines 259 through 285 within the TOC have undefined bookmarks, for example.

Brad Benson
Trane /Ingersoll Rand
bbenson@trane.com / 651-407-4285
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

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From: toby.considine@unc.edu [mailto:toby.considine@unc.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:39 AM
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Subject: [obix] Groups - oBIX-1-1-spec-wd05.pdf uploaded

Several committee members have asked me about getting this to a standards vote soon - this will only happen with some participation and comments.

I have adopted a convention here that has proved useful in other TCs. There are multiple versions of this document. The most recent, or reference version, is a PDF with line numbers turned on. This makes for the easiest comments. An earlier version is a clean (changes accepted) word doc. To get to the earlier version, look at document properties in the libary, and see all versions.

In work going forward, I propose that we have an even earlier doc, that is a document with changes shown. This multi-versioon approach has helped focus and clarify work in other committees. The review copy with lines is a PDF because changes in printer can change line numbers....
This docum

 -- Toby Considine

The document revision named oBIX-1-1-spec-wd05.pdf has been submitted by Toby Considine to the OASIS Open Building Information Exchange (oBIX) TC document repository.  This document is revision #1 of oBIX-1-1-spec-wd05.doc.

Document Description:
Updated document to current template used for OASIS standards. For the most part, document was untouched, although I added references and acknowledgements.

There is now a blank chapter at the end for conformance statements. Current OASIS process dictates that the last normative chapter of a specification document must be conformance section.Appendices are for all non-normative material, i.e., background or explanatory. So far, I can't see a chapter to move in that direction.

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