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RE: [xml-dev] Schemas and the open world assumption.

Hi Oliver

Not sure I fully follow - could you provide the XML Schema types and syntax?
I am not sure if a and aa are types or elements - seems like you may mean
they are both?


-----Original Message-----
From: Olivier Rossel [mailto:olivier.rossel@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 2:04 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] Schemas and the open world assumption.

Hello everyone.

Sorry to be 5 years late, but it is just today that I question myself
about derivation by extension and closed world assumption.

Please do not hesitate to comment the following points:

If I define "a" as being a sequence of b,c:

and i extend "a" into "aa" that extends that sequence with d:

then any "aa" will not validate against the definition of "a".
this sounds like a MAJOR difference with OO paradigm (where any "aa" is
also a "a").

that is what i call the closed world assumption in xml validation.

considering i need a more open world approach, i plan
to relax my schema by defining "a" in this way:

then i feel like i could extend my "a" definition  without breaking
the "subclass" philosophy.

can anyone comment that point of view?
i am especially interested in possible pitfalls i could have missed in
using the "any" statement.
i am also interested in best practices when defining modular expandable

any help is very welcome.


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