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From: <zongaro@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:31:08 -0400
To: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFEC696188.5149A1A9-ON85256A4E.0056E2E6@torolab.ibm.com>

Hello,

     Section 3.8.6 [1] of "XML Schema Part 1:  Structures" defines The
"Schema Component Constraint:  All Group Limited".  According to item 1. of
that constraint, a model group whose {compositor} is "all" must either
(1.1) appear as the model group of a model group definition or (1.2) appear
in a particle with {min occurs}={max occurs}=1, with additional
requirements placed on that particle.

     If I'm reading this correctly, it means that an "all" {compositor} can
have {min occurs}=0 only if it appears in a model group definition.  That's
because an "all" schema component corresponds to a particle whose {term} is
a model group with {compositor} all - so 1.2 would appear to apply to that
particle, and {min occurs} must equal 1.

So, the following fragment would be valid according to the "All Group
Limited" constraint.

   <xs:group name="gp">
     <xs:all minOccurs="0">
       <xs:element ref="a"/>
       <xs:element ref="b"/>
     </xs:all>
   </xs:group>

   <xs:complexType>
     <xs:group ref="gp"/>
   </xs:complexType>

But the following fragment would not be valid.

   <xs:complexType>
     <xs:all minOccurs="0">
       <xs:element ref="a"/>
       <xs:element ref="b"/>
     </xs:all>
   </xs:complexType>

     Is my interpretation of that constraint correct?  Or was the phrase
"in a particle" intended only to refer to particles that contain the
particle corresponding to the "all" schema component, which would mean that
my second fragement would be valid, but the following would not be.

   <xs:group name="gp">
     <xs:all>
       <xs:element ref="a"/>
       <xs:element ref="b"/>
     </xs:all>
   </xs:group>

   <xs:complexType>
     <xs:group ref="gp" minOccurs="0"/>
   </xs:complexType>

Thanks,

Henry

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-1/#coss-modelGroup

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Henry Zongaro      XML Parsers development
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