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   RE: [xml-dev] validating against the standard W3C

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The basic problem at this point in time is being totally sure of what the gold standard is. The W3C XML Schema Rec, particularly Part 1, seems almost designed to be impenetrable. [I have had my knuckles rapped before for saying that, but I still believe it to be true.]

Inevitably implementors have to interpret the impenetrable and implementors differ in how they do interpret it. I would suggest that at this point in the development of XSD Schema (W3C XML Schema) tools that there is some sort of safety in numbers. 
This is a wonderful proof that formal specification is self defeating! The more formal you try to be, the less anyone understands what you're trying to say...
Mike Kay 


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