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Re: [h5md-user] static vs. dynamic H5MD elements

From: Pierre de Buyl
Subject: Re: [h5md-user] static vs. dynamic H5MD elements
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:14:52 +0200
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On Wed, Jul 01, 2015 at 10:48:21AM +0200, Felix Höfling wrote:
> I have a suggestion which, I believe, would improve reading of the
> specification. It does not affect any existing or future H5MD file.
> Currently, we distinguish between "time-independent" and "time-dependent"
> H5MD elements. The difference is hard to grasp in quick reading and (even
> worse) prone to typos. I suggest to replace
>     time-independent --> static
>     time-dependent --> dynamic
> So we would speak of "static" and "dynamic" H5MD elements from now on. Are
> there any drawbacks of such a change of wording?

I am not convinced of the advantages (except the lesser number of characters to
type) but I see two inconvients:
1. work and blurring the history of the specification
2. possible confusion with physical quantities (the static structure factor,


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