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> You can process on the basis of the type of the element. For instance I
> can process all myns:Employee elements off type myns:EmployeeType.
> However a valid instance can use xsi:type to assert its type to that of
> a derived type in another schema which I the original author of the
> processing code knows nothing about.
OK. Its a valid instance, which implies its got a PSVI that's been built
from a schema that references the type the code knows "nothing" about. Yes?
So your code is something like a library, being used as part of a system
designed by someone else, who has extended the original schema you
designed for to include new types as you suggest below?
> The saving grace which I pointed out and Henry Thompson agreed with is
> that derived types cannot radically alter the content model due to how
> restriction and extension work. So even though elements that assert
> their types as foo:MicrosoftEmployee, bar:GovernmentEmployee, etc show
> up in the instance document when I expected myns:EmployeeType types, my
> code should still be able to handle them since they are derived types
> and will have similar structure and content.
Understood. If restriction, you should already handle the more open
constraints of the myns:EmployeeType; if extension, you'll ignore the
> PS: CCing XML-DEV since this is relevant discussion that could do with
> public consumption.
As you wish.