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XSD - Difference between element ref and element type

  • From: "Valsalan, Unnikrishnan" <unnikrishnan.valsalan@f...>
  • To: <xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 16:32:10 +0530

XSD - Difference between element ref and element type
Hi experts,

   Could someone here please explain me the difference between these two
ways of defining elements,

<xsd:element name="aggregateElement" type="base:baseType"/>

<xsd:element ref="base:baseElement"/>

The only difference that I could understand is the one specified in this
article [1], which says that during an import, 
elements created with ref retains the Namespace of the schema from which
it is imported.

That seams to be an obvious difference. I am not clear on when to use
*type=* style and when to use *ref=* style.

Thanks in advance for any help,



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