Thanks for the correction to the schemadocs web page. I will initiate a
correction on this right away.
Regarding #2: We just added xlink:extendedLink support to the mets
schema in the recently released version 1.8. The current version of the
Primer is only current through version 1.7. We will add documentation
for the extendedLink support when we update the Primer to 1.8.
The METS Board will take your suggestions 3 & 4 under consideration.
Brett Zamir wrote:
> The following are a few issues not directly related to simple
> documentation/schema errata/issues for the wiki but which I think
> should or could be addressed.
> 1) The webpage at
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/mets-schemadocs.html refers to "METS
> Schema Change Requests" at the bottom, but it is a broken link:
> .. It should instead should apparently be linking to
> 2) The schema at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/mets.xsd has
> smLocatorLink and smArcLink but they are not mentioned in the docs.
> 3) I think the docs should indicate xlink:type is required for those
> not depending on external DTDs to supply the information (since the
> XLink schema you reference mentions it as FIXED on each type), unless
> you are planning to move to XLink 1.1 which drops the requirement for
> using xlink:type in the case of simple links:
> 4) Have you considered creating the documentation in some XML format
> (like TEI) and then put it online and in version control (or even a
> wiki?). There are already tools to transform these to PDF, and besides
> offering versioning and the ability for direct editing and
> suggestions, the files could also be translated to HTML (for nice
> access to those who (strongly!) prefer HTML for online viewing) and
> there would be an unambiguous version as far as avoiding things like
> the PDF obscuring images. It would also allow you easier maintenance
> of attribute descriptions which do not vary across elements, and the
> ability to automate other reference information out of the
> documentation like you do for the schema.
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