Formal metadata: information and software
Formal metadata information and software
mis a Tcl variable name. On output it is given a unique value that allows mq to keep track of it. This command returns 1 if the parsing was successful, 0 otherwise.
mis a Tcl variable previously passed to the
metadatacommand above, and
element_nameis a standard or extended element name. This command returns the address of a matching element in hex, or zero. Use the address in subsequent commands.
addressis the value returned from the
find_firstsubcommand above or a similar subcommand below. This subcommand returns the address of the first node at or below the given
addressthat matches the target
-listis not specified, the value is returned as a string. In this case, if you specify
-nonewline, then the lines are combined into one, with each line of the input separated from the next by a single blank space. With neither
-nonewline, each line is separated by the newline character (ASCII 10).
-listis specified, the result is returned as a list of strings, where each such string contains the text in one line of the metadata record. Using this method, it should be easier to recognize groups of lines that begin with > and handle them differently than lines that do not. Note that blank lines in the input will appear as empty list elements.
unsetfor this purpose because it seems to take a long time to complete.
|Element defined in the FGDC metadata standard (FGDC-STD-001-1998)|
|Element defined in a recognized profile of the FGDC standard. At this writing the Biological Data Profile is the only profile supported by these tools.|
|Element defined in a file loaded using an |
Note that this interface allows you to read and manage more than
one metadata record at a time. If you're going to read a lot of
records, you will probably want to use the
forget for this purpose
command when you're done with each one.
You'll need Tcl/Tk installed on your system in order to make use of mq. You can download Tcl/Tk from the Tcl Developer Xchange, which currently provides the core distribution:
<http://www.tcl.tk/>If you're running Microsoft Windows, you will download a file whose name is something like tcl846.exe (that's correct for the 8.4.6 version of Tcl/Tk; as Tcl version numbers go up, the file name will change accordingly). Execute this self-extracting package and remember where it installs itself. It will create a directory called Tcl in one of your existing directories like "Program Files". Within that Tcl directory are subdirectories bin and lib. To install mq, find the file mq26.dll from the metadata subdirectory /usgs/tools/bin and copy that dll into Tcl/bin. Then create a folder in Tcl/lib. Name the folder "mq" and copy into that folder the file pkgIndex.tcl which is also found in the metadata subdirectory /usgs/tools/bin. To test, open a Tcl shell and type the command package require mq. You should get a response that is the version number of the mq package, which was 2.6.11 at this writing.
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