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Re: XSD: Proposed Goals, Rev. 3

  • From: Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@i...>
  • To: "Xml-Dev (E-mail)" <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: 28 May 1998 22:33:41 +0200

Re: XSD: Proposed Goals

* Simon St.Laurent
| I need to hear from people how they feel about that name [...]

Calling the standard XSchema and a particular XSchema document for an
XSD (XSchema Document) sounds good to me.

| 9. XSD shall include mechanisms for extending the information included in 
| SDDs to support metadata.
| [...]
| 9 - added "to support metadata".  Paul's description of possibly
| dangerous extensions is convincing.  I'm not sure "to support
| metadata" is enough, but I'm not sure how better to phrase it.  I
| think prescribing extension limits is something that will have to be
| done in the body of the document.

I think you should keep the original wording:

    9. XSD shall include mechanisms for extending the information
    included in SDDs.

IMHO this is a very important part of the whole thing because it gives
us a way to put constraint information in the document definition.
Like Paul says, this can be abused, but I think the benefits are

If the bar attribute of the foo element can only contain numbers
between 5 and 10 I want to keep that information in my document
definition, and not buried in the 14 different scripts that work on
these documents.

| 14. XSD shall provide authoring support.

I agree with John: this follows from 5. If the authoring support is
supposed to be for document authors authoring documents described by
the SDD then I think the wording should be clarified to say so.

"These are, as I began, cumbersome ways / to kill a man. Simpler, direct, 
and much more neat / is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle /
of the twentieth century, and leave him there."     -- Edwin Brock

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