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Re: Empty choice in a group ?

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 17:48:05 +0000
To: "Bruno Chatel" <bcha@chadocs.net>
Cc: <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f5bk6qpxh9m.fsf@erasmus.inf.ed.ac.uk>

"Bruno Chatel" <bcha@chadocs.net> writes:

> Is the following  allowed :
> <xs:group name="empty.Grp">
>   <xs:choice/>
>  </xs:group>


> But msxml detect an error :

> empty.xsd#/schema[1]/group[position() = 1 and @name =
> 'empty.Grp']/choice[1] Empty can be satisfied only if {minOccurs =
> 0}.
> What is the correct answer ? 

MSXML's comment is correct -- such a group can never be satisfied.

*But* it's not an error in the schema (document) to have such an
unsatisfiable group, so _if_ MSXML is refusing to use it, _that's_ a

If on the other hand it's offering that comment when you try to
validate an element whose type definition consists of that group, then
that's just a helpful comment as to why your instance is being
rejected, and there is no bug.

The analogy I usually offer is with boolean algebra -- AND with no
arguments is true, but OR with no arguments is false.

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