Re: XML Schema Design: no local elements with anonymoustypes
Costello, Roger L. wrote: > Here's why: XSLT/XPath 2.0 is "schema-aware." That is, in a 2.0 > stylesheet you can take advantages of the type information in the > schema. However, that's true only if the elements are declared > globally and/or with a named type. So, to facilitate the use of type > information by a 2.0 stylesheet, design your XML Schemas such that > elements are declared globally and/or with a named type. > This is not true as written. XPath 2.0 is schema aware for anonymous types too, and leverages such types appropriately for operators, including comparisons. What you can not do is refer to such a type by name. Of course, you can refer to a base type. So you could use tests like: element(NumPages, xs:integer) element(NumPages, xs:positiveInteger) But of course you can't match the anonymous type directly, because it has no name, you can only match against its base types or against the element name. But in many cases this is sufficient - would you really use the full derived type to make decisions on how to format this particular integer? You'd be more likely to use the element name, its position in the document, and perhaps the fact that it is a positive integer. To me, it's good to use named types if: 1. The type will be used in more than one place. 2. The type has a meaningful identity that can affect the way it is processed. Jonathan
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