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That seems like a handy utility to have. I've often wondered
if many of the issues that popup here particularly with regard
to augmentation of Schema information could not better be handled
in XSLT. Sometimes I think we don't need more tools; we need to be
more inventive with the tools we have.
An interesting best practice thread might be
1. What CAN'T be handled with an authoritative transform?
2. Given transforms, how much post-parse information really
needs a more powerful schema formalism? If so, when?
3. What requirements for a schema language should be posed for
any project and what should be explicit to a project? It
seems to me that we don't have many criteria for evaluating
these proposed mods and features for schema languages?
I don't find it compelling to have a means to validate or
augment that can't be inspected and proven by readily
available means if it has to cited normatively. That's
the transparency requirement. But it also may just be my
SGML Ludditism showing because I accept a lot of behind
the scenes manipulation from my relational toolsets.
Flatten out one piece of the complexity carpet and darned
if another part doesn't ripple. Try to rehost an MS Access
app into Visual Foxpro and watch code disappear into
the more powerful but explicitly relational language
features of Fox. What goes on beneath the rug? We aren't
supposed to care if the results are provably the same.
Shouldn't that be the case for the schema language processors?
From: Francis Norton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>An alternative is to move the local definition to a transformation
>document, eg, XSLT over the XML Schema. The technical
>advantage here is to have the modifications in a single
>automated document including any value constraint controls
>which presumably will be local The XML Schema is one and the authority
>is centralized. The XSLT modifier is one and is owned by the
I have written a utility to include or exclude xsd elements for / from a specific project, using embedded appinfo markup and an XSLT transform that takes the project name as a commandline parameter.
I'll pop it up on a site if anyone thinks it might be interesting