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  • From: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@geotempo.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.oasis-open.org
  • Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 16:51:48 +0800

Brian McAndrews wrote:
> given the following XML:
> <Store numberOfProducts=3>
> <Inventory>
> <Product>Baseballs</Product>
> <Product>Footballs</Product>
> <Product>Soccerballs</Product>
> </Inventory>
> </Store>
> Let produce a schema:
> <xsd:complexType name="Inventory">
>    <xsd:element name="Product" type="xsd:string"/>
> </xsd:complexType>
> My question is, (how) can I specify that the number of "Product" be equal to
> the attribute "numberOfProducts" in the Store element?

You can use the Schematron open source schema language, which is
specifically aimed for the 1001 non-regular constraints that real data

Off the top of my head, the appropriate schema would look something like

<sch:schema  xmlns:sch="http://www.ascc.net/xml/schematron">
 <rule context="Inventory[parent::Store]">
    <assert test="parent::*/@numberOfProducts = count(Product)"
    >The of number "Product" elements in an "Inventory" element should
    equal to the attribute "numberOfProducts" in the Store

Schematron home page at

Rick Jelliffe

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