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[Bug 5659] schemaComplete default value

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Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:07:56 +0000
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           Summary: schemaComplete default value
           Product: SML
           Version: LC
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: hasProposal
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Interchange Format
        AssignedTo: cmsmcq@w3.org
        ReportedBy: kumarp@microsoft.com
         QAContact: public-sml@w3.org

schemaComplete attribute is currently defined as use=required (no default). I
believe the intention behind this decision was to require the SML-IF producer
make an explicit declaration regarding the completeness of the schema set. This
is a good intention, but unfortunately this results in breaking all existing
SML-IF files since they do not specify the schemaComplete attribute.

The WG discussed semantics of schemaComplete and decided on the following:

schemaComplete=’true’  : schema set is known to be complete
schemaComplete=’false’ : schema set is not known to be complete

(see bug# 4774 for a discussion of the above.)

Note that, only the ‘true’ value above is an explicit assertion. It asserts
that schema set is known to be complete. On the other hand, the false value
merely indicates the absence of an assertion.

Given the above meaning, it would be reasonable to have schemaComplete=’false’
as the default value. 

This has 3 advantages,
1. It applies correctly to the existing models because we do not know the
schemaComplete-ness of the existing models. Having this default minimizes the
impact on the current models.
2. It retains the explicit declaration requirement for the ‘true’ case where it
makes most sense.
3. We do not have to change the meaning of ‘true’ or ‘false’ values.
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