OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help

[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index]
Re: [xml-dev] XML spec and XSD

- Certain fairly simple data structures can only be achieved in XSD (if
  at all) with ridiculously verbose patterns; for instance, how do you
  represent a structure with five possible elements, at least one of
  which must be present and none of which may be repeated?  The best
  method I have found takes about 25 lines and far too much code

- It [rng]  does not appear to relieve the complexity of representing some
   types of data structures (see the one described above-as far as I can
   tell, it would not be significantly easier to define in Relax NG than
   it is in XSD).

If I understand correctly, in relaxNG, something like:

start = x

x = element x {
   ( a  & b? & c? & d? & e?) |
   ( a? & b  & c? & d? & e?) |
   ( a? & b? & c  & d? & e?) |
   ( a? & b? & c? & d  & e?) |
   ( a? & b? & c? & d? & e ) 

a = element a {empty}
b = element b {empty}
c = element c {empty}
d = element d {empty}
e = element e {empty}

does what you want, it validates


and invalidates


- Relax NG provides no way of specifying cardinalities other than 0, 1,
  and infinity!  This is also a big one for me--if I need at least 2 and
  no more than 20 occurrences of the foo element (fairly common in my
  data definitions), there's NO WAY I'm going to define two required foo
  elements and eighteen optional ones!

usually you can persuade yourself that 1,?,+,* is enough and leave
cardinality checking to higher up the chain, but if you really need
this, then powers of two come in handy:-)

y = element y { z,z,z16,z2}
z16 = z8,z8
z8  = z4,z4
z4  = z2,z2
z2  = z?,z?
z = element z {empty}


but invalidates instances with less than 1 or more than 20 zs.


The Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd is a company registered in England
and Wales with company number 1249803. The registered office is:
Wilkinson House, Jordan Hill Road, Oxford OX2 8DR, United Kingdom.

This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The service is
powered by MessageLabs. 

[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index]

News | XML in Industry | Calendar | XML Registry
Marketplace | Resources | MyXML.org | Sponsors | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1993-2007 XML.org. This site is hosted by OASIS