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   RE: [xml-dev] Conformance Testing and Schemas (WAS RE: [xml-dev] The tri

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It's not that unusual but some people at our shop actually do 
use the XML Spy ability to generate classes from their 
schemas.   Conformance testing stands out as the X3D 
suite demonstrates.

It is one of the bits that the SGMLers got right, but I 
agree with the decision to make schemas and DTDs optional. 
I like the fact that I have more capability with XSD than 
with DTD.  I like the fact that there are alternatives 
such as RELAX.  It is strange to me that so much work 
went into providing alternatives and more creative options 
for using markup and now some want deperately to push it 
back into the narrows for what are local preferences and 
situations.  Bizarre.


From: Thomas B. Passin [mailto:tpassin@comcast.net]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> When speaking generally about schemas, it is good to remember that 
> they have multiple uses beyond just checking an incoming or outgoing 
> message.  

Right on, Len.  I find them most useful during development, including 
developing software to process incoming messages, and they can be good 
for communicating the design to others as well.

It would be interesting to hear some really unusual applications of 
schemas, something really unconventional.  Anyone want to share any stories?


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