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wsdl:include semantics is different from xs:include

From: Asir Vedamuthu <asirv@webmethods.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 15:08:19 -0500
Message-ID: <5B10E50E14A4594EB1B5566B69AD9407068E6901@maileast>
To: public-ws-desc-comments@w3.org

[On behalf of the XML Schema WG]

WSDL Part 1 says: "The WSDL include element information item is modeled
after the XML Schema include element information item (see [XML Schema:
Structures], section 4.2.3 "References to schema components in the same
namespace"). "


"Specifically, it can be used to include components from WSDL descriptions
that share a target namespace with the including description. Components in
directly included descriptions become part of the component model of the
including description. Directly included means that component inclusion is
not transitive; components included by one of the included documents are not
available to the original including document unless the are included
directly by that document. " -

We have some comments based on our general experience with composition

These two WSDL statements are to some extent contradictory. In fact, XML
schema inclusions are effectively transitive. The XML schema model is that a
single schema (I.e. set of components) is composed from the transitive
closure of the included documents (as well as, in our case, redefined
documents, documents obtained through schemaLocation hints on an import or
in the instance, supplied on a command line, etc.) QName references are
uniformly resolved within this combined schema, regardless of the source of
the definition or the identity of the file containing a QName reference.

It would be nice if WSDL composition worked like XML Schema composition. If
you decide to keep it as it is, we would like to make clear that WSDL
mechanism is indeed different than XML Schema, and suggest that any
comparisons you draw between the two be a bit clearer and more accurate.

Asir S Vedamuthu
asirv at webmethods dot com
Received on Tuesday, 7 December 2004 20:08:22 UTC

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