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redefine and empty xs:group

From: <jozef.aerts@xml4pharma.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 10:12:02 +0100
To: <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
Message-Id: <27999199$110266912741b96547569d66.20869543@config14.schlund.de>


Dear all,

I have the following simple base schema (Base.xsd):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
elementFormDefault="qualified" attributeFormDefault="unqualified">
  <!-- empty group -->
  <xs:group name="base">
    <xs:sequence></xs:sequence>
  </xs:group>
  <!-- root element -->
  <xs:element name="rootelement">
    <xs:complexType>
      <xs:sequence>
        <xs:element name="myelement"
type="myelement-definition"></xs:element>
      </xs:sequence>
    </xs:complexType>
  </xs:element>
  <!-- another element -->
  <xs:complexType name="myelement-definition">
    <xs:sequence>
      <xs:group ref="base" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>
    </xs:sequence>
  </xs:complexType>
</xs:schema>

and its implementation (BaseImplementation.xsd):
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
elementFormDefault="qualified" attributeFormDefault="unqualified">
  <!-- redefine the base schema -->
  <xs:redefine schemaLocation="Base.xsd">
     <!-- add a new element to the empty base -->
     <xs:group name="base">
      <xs:sequence>
        <xs:group ref="base"/>
        <xs:element name="testelement" minOccurs="0"
maxOccurs="unbounded"/>
      </xs:sequence>
    </xs:group>
  </xs:redefine>
</xs:schema>

Xerces(2-6-2) and Xerces-based tools like Exchanger XML Editor find this
OK.
XMLSpy (2005SP1) however complains: "Redefining model group definition
'base' must be a valid restriction of its redefined pendant.
I asked the people of Altova (Spy) and received the answer that
"According to the
W3C Specifications......src-redefine.6.2.2 prescribes that the
redefining model group must be a restriction of the redefined one"

So my question: who is right ? Does Xerces not check well on
src-redefine.6.2.2 or does Spy have another interpretation of the spec
?

Many thanks in advance,

Jozef Aerts
XML4Pharma
Received on Friday, 10 December 2004 09:14:11 GMT

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