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   Re: [xml-dev] Schema validation question

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Using elements as data rather than metadata - very offensive indeed. ;)

There is no solution for this with W3C Schema, but it can be done with

Kind Regards,
Joe Chiusano
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Strategy and Technology Consultants to the World

Linda Grimaldi wrote:
> I have been out of the XML world for a little while now, but someone just asked me a question and I have to admit, it's going to keep me up tonight if I can't come up with a better solution.  And I'm a little rusty, to boot...
> The issue is one of data dependency and validation.  The goal is to enforce a restriction on pairs of data values- if the data associated with the node <Fruit><Name> is "Apple", then the value of the sibling node <Fruit><Abbrev> must be "APL".  Effectively, the goal is to enforce a specific mapping from one enum into another within an XML document. The only way my associate could figure to capture this dependency is as follows:
> <xs:complexType name="Fruit">
>         <xs:annotation>
>                 <xs:documentation>Defines the valid values for fruit types</xs:documentation>
>         </xs:annotation>
>         <xs:choice>
>                 <xs:element name="APL" type="xs:token" fixed="Apple"/>
>                 <xs:element name="ORG" type="xs:token" fixed="Orange"/>
>                 <xs:element name="BAN" type="xs:token" fixed="Banana"/>
>                 <xs:element name="LEM" type="xs:token" fixed="Lemon"/>
>                 <xs:element name="GRP" type="xs:token" fixed="Grape"/>
>         </xs:choice>
> </xs:complexType>
> All in all, this strikes me as a very ugly, even offensive, solution.  My initial response was to forget about the validation- it wasn't worth it.  Is there a way to preserve the data dependency validation without warping the instance document as the above schema fragment would require?
> Thanks,
> Linda
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Kind Regards,
Joseph Chiusano
Booz | Allen | Hamilton


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