Re: XML Schemas: Best Practices
On Fri, 22 Sep 2000, Roger L. Costello wrote: > Before moving on to when it makes sense to make the namespaces explicit > in instance documents, I would like to pause and address Richard > Lanyon's concern. Richard's concern is (paraphrasing): > > "Okay Roger, let's suppose that it makes sense to localize the > complexities to the schema. An author of an instance document will > still have to read the schema, and understand it, to write the instance > document. Correct? How have we hidden the complexities of the > schema?" > > Let me see if I can address this concern satisfactorily: > >  An instance document is written once but processed by many systems > (write once, read many). All those systems which process the document > are shielded from the complexities of the schema. > >  In the not-too-distant future there will be tools that read schema > and provide a template for the instance document author to fill in. The > tool will understand the schema and shield the author from needing to > understand the schema. > > I hope that answers your concern satisfactorily Richard. If anyone else > has anything to add to this please join in. I see your point, I just suspect that the tools that you mention would do as good a job of shielding a document reader from explicit namespacing as they would at shielding a document author from the complexities of the schema. -- Richard Lanyon (Software Engineer) | "The medium is the message" XML Script development, | - Marshall McLuhan DecisionSoft Ltd. |
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