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Re: [h5md-user] Unit attribute versus non-dimensionless quantities

From: Pierre de Buyl
Subject: Re: [h5md-user] Unit attribute versus non-dimensionless quantities
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 22:50:32 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Hi Peter, Konrad,

On Mon, Sep 09, 2013 at 08:36:57AM -0400, Peter Colberg wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 09, 2013 at 12:37:48PM +0200, Konrad Hinsen wrote:
> > BTW, I wonder if storing data in attributes is really worth the
> > trouble it generates, considering units or in fact any other kind of
> > annotation.  If size is the motivation, then compact datasets can
> > provide nearly the same advantages without the inconvenience.
> Thank you, that is a very helpful hint!
> Compact datasets [1] are applicable to data of 30 kB or less, which is
> stored in the header block of the object. Compact datasets are created
> by setting the appropriate layout on the dataset creation property
> list using H5Pset_layout [2].
> [1] http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/doc/UG/UG_frame10Datasets.html
> [2] http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/doc/RM/RM_H5P.html#Property-SetLayout
> This allows us to mandate the storage of time-independent data using
> datasets, e.g., for fixed-size box information. In consequence, a
> “unit” attribute would be attachable to all data in the specification.

So, in the end we have a "unit" solution.

Did you check that all that needs units can carry it?


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