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Understanding anyAttribute namespace="##any" and anyAttribute namespace="##local"

From: W. Eliot Kimber <ekimber@innodata-isogen.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 14:54:58 -0600
Message-ID: <4186A2A2.6060406@innodata-isogen.com>
To: xmlschema-dev@w3.org

I'm trying to understand how anyAttribute works and I'm getting a result 
that seems to be incorrect but I'm sure it's my lack of understanding.

What I have in my schema is this declaration:

   <xs:complexType name="metadata">
     <xs:choice maxOccurs="unbounded" minOccurs="0">
       <xs:element name="metadata" type="mtbitopic:metadata"/>
       <xs:element name="metadataitem" type="mtbitopic:metadataitem"/>
       <xs:any namespace="##other"/>
     <xs:anyAttribute namespace="##local"/>

Note the "##local" for anyAttribute. The attributeFormDefault is set to 

In my instance governed by this schema, I have this markup:

<metadata foo="bar"/>

However, when I validate the document, both oXygen and Stylus Studio 
report that the attribute "foo" is not allowed for the element metadata.

What basic but subtle aspect of XSD am I missing here.

Also, is there a way to say that you want to allow any qualified or 
unqualified attributes? It doesn't appear to be the case but I have such 
a hard time decoding the spec itself that I'm not sure what the actual 
syntax of the namespace= attribute is, so I'm going off what I've 
learned from the various tutorials I could find online.


W. Eliot Kimber
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