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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Schema: Resistance is Futile, says Don Box

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Hi Bryan,

bryan wrote:

>And if the user interface is an xml editor into which the user enters
>the content for their E-Catalog or what have you. To my mind the person
>using the editor is still a user. 
then you have to employ a human to interpret the dates and validate the 
numbers. Either that or specify the fields as strings, possibly 
incorporating loose validation via regular expressions, if you have a 
recipient program that expects that level of validation.

XSD types are great for Web Service (program-to-program) use cases in my 
opinion - you get the choice of specifying language-level types (eg 
xs:byte) where appropriate, or application-specific (eg xs:long, with 
maxExclusive and minInclusive) where more appropriate. And for 
human-to-human use cases, you can just leave them all as strings if 
that's the functionality you want. So what's the problem?



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