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Re: complex/simple tyeps

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: 04 Nov 2002 09:54:24 +0000
To: Max Jacob <Max.Jacob@ircam.fr> (by way of "C. M. Sperberg-McQueen" <cmsmcq@acm.org>)
Cc: W3C XML Schema Comments list <www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org>
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Max Jacob <Max.Jacob@ircam.fr> (by way of "C. M. Sperberg-McQueen" <cmsmcq@acm.org>) writes:

> When I have a type or element declaration I'm still not able to build
> an xpath to the base type declaration, because I don't know if it's a
> complex or a simple type.

Supposing (a _big_ supposition, see below), your schema is described
by a single schema document, then why doesn't the following sketch

     xsd:complexContent/*[self::xsd:restriction or
                           self::xsd:extension]/xsd:complexType | 
     /xsd:schema/xsd:complexType[@name=current-node()/xsd:complexContent/*[self::xsd:restriction or
                           self::xsd:extension]/@base] |
     xsd:simpleContent/*[self::xsd:restriction or
                           self::xsd:extension]/xsd:simpleType | 
     /xsd:schema/*[@name=current-node()/xsd:simpleContent/*[self::xsd:restriction or
                           self::xsd:extension]/@base and
                             (self::xsd:complexType or self::xsd:simpleType)]

It has to be said that navigating schema _documents_ when what you
really want is to navigate schema _components_ is a pain.  The XML
Schema WG is working on a story about Schema Component Designators, to
address this problem.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
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