In addition to the issue of pvAccess versus Channel Access and PV versus channel I think we need to clear up use of the word “Record”.
We do though have a lot of references to “records” and (worse) “PVRecords” in the code and documentation when we should say
channel or PV. Unless a reference is specifically to a channel provided locally by an implementation using V4 records and database
(i.e. in pvDatabase) or V3 records and database (i.e.pvaSrv) we shouldn’t say record.
For example consider a channel process:
"A "channel process" set of messages are used to indicate to the server that the computation actions associated with a channel
should be executed. That is in the language of EPICS, the channel should be "processed".
So we can say we process a channel. If the channel is a PV channel this will cause the PV to be processed. If (and only if) the
channel is provided locally using a record then we can say the record is processed.
We do need to tighten up our language, e.g. I found this in the definition of channel in pvAccess:
"This is for clients that want to introspect a PVRecord via channel access."
which is wrong on two fronts.
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