CHAPTER 10

Synthetic Instrument Markup Language: SIML

The intent so far has been to convey the basic concept of using eXtensible markup language (XML) as a language for describing measurements in a hardware-independent way. In a spirit of exploration, thus far, I have proceeded intuitively and used XML freely with no regard for any completeness. Nor have I yet become ossified onto a specific standardized approach, or yet worried about validation. For example, I argued between the alternative of having “name” as an attribute or as a tag element.

Clearly there would be both more detail in a real-world implementation, and rules of consistency must be established. Before XML could be applied effectively in the complex context of a real system, with ...

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