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   Re: [xml-dev] incompatible uses of XML Schema

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I hope this doesn't come across as flippant, but how about Relax NG?

Or how about trang converting to Relax NG and back to XSD?


Rick Jelliffe wrote:

>I just got a call from a bespoke client (the XML guru in a large bank)
>asking whether I knew of any XML Schema refactoring tools.
>His problem is that one of their systems (from a big company)
>does not handle recursive elements.  Another one of their
>systems (from another big company) does not handle substitution
>groups (or, at least, dynamic use of xsi:type.) Another of their
>systems (from a third big company) does not handle wildcards.
>(Some departments also used another tool that generated ambiguous
>This is causing them a major headache: they are having to
>refactor 7,000 element schemas by hand to munge them into
>forms suited for each system.
>Their schema-centricism has basically stuffed up the ready
>interoperability they thought they were buying into with XML,
>on a practical level. This is obviously a trap: moving to a
>services-oriented architecture means that the providers can
>say "we provide XML with a schema" and the pointy-headed bosses
>can say "you service-user: this tool accepts XML with a schema
>so you must use that!" and the service-user has little recourse.
>Does anyone know of any XML Schema refactoring tools that can,
>say, replace substitution groups with explicit lists of
>elements in a schema?  I am half thinking of developing a Topologi
>utility for this: any other requests in this area?
>Rick Jelliffe
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