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"Overriding" Attribute Declarations

From: Eliot Kimber <ekimber@innodata-isogen.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 00:11:19 -0400
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In XML DTDs, one can override the declaration of an attribute declared 
in an external declaration set by declaring the overriding version 
earlier, e.g.:

<!DOCTYPE foo SYSTEM "mybase.dtd" [
   <!ATTLIST foo bar CDATA #IMPLIED
]>
<foo bar="baz/>

Where mybase.dtd declares the element type "foo" with the attribute bar 
with a different type.

I don't see an obvious way to do with with XSD using redefine. At least, 
when I add a declaration to a redefine that otherwise works (to add a 
new attribute not declared in the base type being redefined), Xerces 2.9 
says I have a duplicate attribute declaration.

I didn't see anything about this specifically in the XSD Primer and I'm 
afraid I find the formal definition largely impenetrable (at least at 
this late hour).

Have I missed something?

Note, in my specific case I don't have control over the base schemas, so 
I can't do something like pull the attributes to be redefined out into 
their own attribute group, although I'm not sure that would solve the 
problem.

Thanks,

Eliot
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