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Re: [xml-dev] Which is the Authority: The Schema or the Text?

On Thu, 2013-12-19 at 10:51 -0600, cbullard@hiwaay.net wrote:
> A mundane question:  given a specification with schemas and text  
> descriptions of values, if these are in conflict which one is  
> authoritative? 
There is no single answer to this.

The schema will tell you that the data does not conform to it, but what
that means depends on the context.

I have an early 19th century book with a glossay that, part-way through,
reproduces a letter containing a poem, because the editor happened upon
it that day. If I'm transcribing the book then the schema must allow for
that, the book is the authority. If I am working for an airline company
and the ATA sent me a schema, I'd better make sure the aircraft manual
conforms to the schema.


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