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   Re: Objectives of Inheritance

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: "'xml-dev@ic.ac.uk'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 21:37:53

At 10:35 28/07/98 -0600, Arnold, Curt wrote:

>> I've been building a fairly complex Schema using an XML-Data
>> definition converted to a DTD.  I've been making extensive use of
>> inheritance, and have observed that I'm using inheritance to
>> accomplish three objectives.  If XSchema provides or could provides
>> methods to readily accomplish these objectives, then we might be able
>> to sidestep poorly defined or difficult to implement constructs (For
>> example, I've avoided attempting to merge the child's content model
>> with the parent's content model)

[... useful suggestion for inheritance snipped ...]

>> How readily does XSchema accomplish each of the objectives? 
>> Are there any minor enhancements to XSchema that would make these
>> objectives more achievable?

I think this is a very important area and one that a lot of us are keen to
get into. For example, at present I am implementing (part) of XML-data (or
XML-data-like) components in JUMBO. I am then finding that I need to extend
these for more specific objects. In my mind there are two separate, but
combinable issues:
	- XML-data primitives. I think it would be extremely useful to implement
them  (but without the additional relationships).
	- deriving more specialised components from them (or from anything else).

I think that the XSchema team has been taking this in stages - i.e. first
get as simple a schema as possible and see if it works. This has to include
ways of extending it - possibly in ways like you suggested. Then think of
specific ways to extend it that we can all agree are valuable. Of course
this is all still experimental but I have good feelings that it's worthwhile.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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