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Re: general schema and subschema's

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: 18 May 2000 10:27:36 +0100
To: David <david-v@dds.nl>
Cc: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5b3dngb43b.fsf@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
David <david-v@dds.nl> writes:

> hi,
> I need to write an XML schema (Starting with the latest draft and 
> updating as soon as it is a recommendation) thas has the common elements 
> and attributes used in my XML files. Since there is a need to include 
> more elements than the ones specified in the general schema (some 
> companies want to be able to include companyspecific elements) I was 
> wondering what the possibilities are of having one general schema and a 
> few smaller schema's. 
> Is the use of namespaces the right way of implementing this? are there 
> parsers that will validate an XML when using more than one schema?

Yes, and yes.

Basic paradigm: write one master schema document for your namespace.
In you master schema, leave
  <any namespace='##other' processContents='strict' minOccurs='0'/>
placeholders in your content models where company-specific material is 
allowed.  Assign a new namespace to any company-specific extensions,
and write a schema for just that extension.  If necessary, it can
<import> the master namespace to hand back over.  Then a compliant
schema-validator, e.g. XSV [1], will do the right thing.

Example document:

<master:root xmlns:master="http://www.example.com/Master"
  <master:envelop ...>
    <cse:localRoot ...>

Master.xsd has that <any ...> above in various places
CS1.xsd has

 <schema ... xmlns:master="http://www.example.com/Master"...>

   <import namespace="http://www.example.com/Master"/>

and somewhere inside some content model(s):

   <element ref="master:nugget"/>

Hope this helps,


[1] http://cgi.w3.org/cgi-bin/xmlschema-check
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