Formal metadata: information and software
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Also available: [Short, terse form]Filling out an extensive Enumerated_Domain can be tiresome. For each possible value, you need to specify what the value is, what it means, and who or what authority originated the value and its definition. Each set should go into its own Enumerated_Domain to keep the components together and properly related. This isn't hard to do if you have only a few values. But where there are more than ten such values, they are often easier to write as a table.
A1: Steak sauce B4: Previous time period CU: Parting phraseNote the colon character between each value and its definition. You can use a space if all of the values are single words, and you can use a tab, hyphen, or equal sign. Also you can put any number of spaces before the value, or between the value and its definition:
A1 Steak sauce B4 Previous time period CU Parting phraseThe form rewrites each line as an Enumerated_Domain like this:
Attribute_Domain_Values: Enumerated_Domain: Enumerated_Domain_Value: A1 Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Steak sauce Enumerated_Domain: Enumerated_Domain_Value: B4 Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Previous time period Enumerated_Domain: Enumerated_Domain_Value: CU Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Parting phraseYou can select the output text using your mouse and paste it into a suitable metadata editor (Xtme or Tkme, for example), or into a text editor if that's how you create metadata.
The delimiter separates each value from its definition. Tab is convenient here, but you can use space or colon as well; if you need to use some other character, enter it in the small box provided.