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[Bug 6202] New: All group extending "empty mixed" content

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Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2008 20:03:45 +0000
To: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-6202-703@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6202

           Summary: All group extending "empty mixed" content
           Product: XML Schema
           Version: 1.1 only
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Structures: XSD Part 1
        AssignedTo: cmsmcq@w3.org
        ReportedBy: mike@saxonica.com
         QAContact: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org


As far as I can see, it is valid to do this:

<xs:complexType name="B" mixed="false">
 <xs:all/> <!-- or equivalently <xs:sequence/> -->
</xs:complexType>

<xs:complexType name="E" mixed="false">
 <xs:complexContent>
  <xs:extension base="B">
   <xs:all>
    <xs:element name="P"/>
    <xs:element name="Q"/>
   </xs:all>
  </xs:extension>
 </xs:complexContent>
</xs:complexType>

But it becomes invalid if both the mixed attributes are changed to
mixed="true". In the former case, xs:all extending empty is allowed. But in the
latter case, the variety of B is mixed, with content type being an empty group
with compositor = sequence. The extension will then be constructed with a
content model of

<sequence>
  <sequence/>
  <all>
    <xs:element name="P"/>
    <xs:element name="Q"/>
  </all>
</sequence>

which is not valid under 3.8.6.2 All Group Limited.

The underlying problem here is that the varieties (empty, mixed, element-only,
simple) are not fully orthogonal. Really there should be two orthogonal boolean
properties: can-contain-elements and can-contain-text. But short of a radical
remodelling, I think it can be fixed by changing 3.4.2.3.3 clause 4.2.3.2 from 

"4.2.3.2 If the {term} of the ·base particle· has {compositor}  all and the
{term} of the ·effective content· also has {compositor}  all, ..."

 to 

"4.2.3.2 If the {term} of the ·effective content· has {compositor}  all and one
of the following conditions is true: 

4.3.2.3.1 the {term} of the ·base particle· also has {compositor}  all,

4.3.2.3.2 the {term} of the ·base particle· is a model group whose {compositor}
is sequence and whose {particles} is empty, ....

(alternatively, introduce a new case into the 4.3.2.x list)


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