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RE: Why are xsd:duration and xforms:duration not supported/defined?

From: Nick Van den Bleeken <Nick.Van.den.Bleeken@inventivegroup.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:05:13 +0200
To: John Boyer <boyerj@ca.ibm.com>, "public-forms@w3.org" <public-forms@w3.org>
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A bit off topic, but I think we should consider supporting XML Schema 1.1 in a future version of XForms (or at least W3C XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) 1.1 Part 2: Datatypes) they added xs:yearMonthDuration[1] and xs:dayTimeDuration[2] which are compatible with the versions in our namespace.

When we add support for XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) 1.1 Part 2:

*         Datatypes our range control should also support xs:yearMontDuration and xs:dayTimeDuration besides the variants in our namespace.

*         The strongly typed XPath 2.0 XForms extension functions (seconds() and months()) should also accept the XML Schema variants.


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1: http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema11-2/#yearMonthDuration
2: http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema11-2/#dayTimeDuration

From: public-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:public-forms-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of John Boyer
Sent: dinsdag 13 april 2010 23:40
To: public-forms@w3.org
Subject: Why are xsd:duration and xforms:duration not supported/defined?

We seem to go out of our way in Section 5.1 (http://www.w3.org/TR/xforms11/#datatypes-xforms) to not support the xsd:duration datatype.

There is even a NOTE saying that xforms:dayTimeDuration or xforms:yearMonthDuration should be used instead.

These are nice helper datatypes that have the advantage of not running into the confusion over how many days are in a month, but adding helpers should probably *not* get rid of the thing they're helping.  I think that is just being *too* helpful.

In any case, it is difficult at best to claim that we don't support xsd:duration.   Anything that you can put in an xsi:type or in an XML schema can also be put in a type MIP, so type="xsd:duration" just works (in my software, at least).

Moreover, if I generate a form from a schema, and a data node has type xsd:duration, there is really no choice but to fill that data node with a value which conforms to xsd:duration, yet we're essentially saying that I could not create that same form without a schema?  Makes no sense.

Since this all "just worked" for me, I actually discovered this while trying to figure out why type="xforms:duration" MIP assignment wasn't working.  I expected to be able to get a duration or empty string, but xforms:duration is undefined, due only to the spec.  I think it should just work too.

1.1 Errata?  Could be optional, then scaled up to recommended or required in 1.2.

John M. Boyer, Ph.D.
STSM, Lotus Forms
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IBM Victoria Software Lab
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