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RE: [xml-dev] XML Schema Design: no local elements with anonymous types

> Anyway I think my main objection is I don't want to see best 
> practices in a technology based on making it work best with 
> some other technology, unless it is a more targeted best 
> practice for that exact purpose. This of course is different 
> than noting what parts of a particular technology make it a 
> poor fit for working with others.

I think there's a different way of looking at this. If you want to use a
schema only for validation, then it doesn't matter if many of the constructs
within it are unnamed. If you want to use the schema as a repository of type
definitions accessible throughout the system, then it's a good idea to give
more of the components global names so that they can be referenced from
outside. That's not so much about bending your schema to fit some other
technology, it's about maximising its value as a reusable asset.

Michael Kay

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