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RE: Schemas as Promises and Expectations

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  • Subject: RE: Schemas as Promises and Expectations
  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@d...>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 04:29:26 -0800
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RE:  Schemas as Promises and Expectations
Both Perry and Thomas understood what I was trying to say and issues they
point are tangible.  But I don't think all of what I am thinking has been
communicated, so allow me to try again from another angle.

A schema is a formal description of an XML document.  In a sense, the schema
is a representation of the code that produced that XML document.  But there
is no similar representation of the code that consumes those XML documents.
Such representation will be useful for:

1. documenting which parts of an XML document a program depends on.

2. detecting when a program can't process a document.

3. automatically fix useful subset of possible differences.

For example, there are many versions of RSS format, but a RSS reader that
uses only the <description> element can handle RSS feeds in any RSS format.
But there is easy way to determine this without some smart code analyzer.
Having a schema representation of the parts the RSS reader is interested in
will be pretty useful.  Unfortunately, I don't think current schema
languages support this use-case well.


Don Park


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