[AstroPy] FITS files and column descriptions
mdroe at stsci.edu
Mon Nov 11 10:54:44 EST 2013
On 11/07/2013 04:20 PM, Yannick Roehlly wrote:
> 3. Column descriptions in VO-Table
> When saving a table to VO-Table, astropy prettily indent the xml, e.g.
> IAU Name
> But when reading these tables with topcat, this one add the spaces to
> the description (" IAU Name"). Maybe astropy should write the
> description on one line.
I'll just address this part and leave the others to those more heavily
involved with the FITS side of things.
XML basically punts on whitespace handling, by saying that each
"application of XML" (in this case, VOTable) should define how
whitespace should be handled. Unfortunately, the VOTable spec is silent
on this issue, so in effect, "we're both right". HTML, as an
application of XML, would ignore the leading whitespace.
We should probably get some clarification from the VOTable committee on
this point. I'll write an e-mail to votable at ivoa.net
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