[Ex-plain] ElementSets == Schemas

Mike Taylor mike at tecc.co.uk
Thu Apr 11 16:25:14 CEST 2002

> Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 14:29:30 +0100 (BST)
> From: Robert Sanderson <azaroth at liverpool.ac.uk>
> > But Ray/Rob, please confirm: the idea here is that this kind of
> > element-set name should be usable _as well as_ the more usual "f"
> > and "b" rather than instead ... right?
> Right.  There was some talk about how the F/B distinction is
> meaningless in practice [...]

... good job I wan't there ...

> [...] but no one suggested throwing them out.
> So elementset F and elementset http://explain.z3950.org/schemas/F/
> are synonyms.

Well, maybe.  That's up to the server, isn't it?  In the brave new
world of XML schemas (lower-case), I think of "f" as meaning "Please
give me whatever you consider to be the full record".  Which may or
may not be the Official Explain-- Full Record.

(Unless we decide to mandate that server which call themselves
"Explain-- servers" must use that precise schema for full records ...
In other words, unless we profile it.)

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