Commit 43b53d42 authored by Uwe Schulzweida's avatar Uwe Schulzweida
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Attributes may be associated with each variable to specify non
CDI standard properties. CDI standard properties as code, name,
units, and missing value are directly associated with each variable by
the corresponding CDI function (e.g. {\htmlref{\tt vlistDefVarName}{vlistDefVarName}}).
An attribute has a variable to which it is assigned, a name, a type,
a length, and a sequence of one or more values.
The attributes have to be defined after the variable is created and
before the variable list is associated with a stream.
It is also possible to have attributes that are not associated with any variable.
These are called global attributes and are identified by using CDI\_GLOBAL as a
variable pseudo-ID. Global attributes are usually related to the dataset as a whole.
CDI supports attributes with tree different data types. The data types
are defined by the following predefined constants:
\begin{deflist}{{\large\tt DATATYPE\_TXT \ \ }}
\item[{\large\tt DATATYPE\_INT}] Integer attribute
\item[{\large\tt DATATYPE\_FLT}] Floating point attribute
\item[{\large\tt DATATYPE\_TXT}] Text attribute
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