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For the records: LC issue 92

From: Mary Holstege <holstege@calico.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 04:54:17 -0700
To: "'www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org'" <www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20000920115416.AAA4810@sjd-ex001.calico.com>

The following message was sent to the commentator July 11th; no reply was


From: "Mary Holstege" <holstege@calico.com>
To: bahreininejad@yahoo.com
Subject: XML Schemas "Dynamic element name specification"
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 12:12:17 -0700
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I am responding to you on behalf of the XML Schemas Working Group about your
comments on dynamic element name specification, which we have categorized as LC
issue 92 [1]. I apologize for the delay in responding. As you can imagine, we
have had a large number of comments and questions to work through.

Your comment was [2]:
> I wish to define an element in a schema document where the "name" of the
> element is not known. Let's say, the name of the element may be decided 
> by other parties using the schema for example: 
>                <element name="Cat"/>
>                <element name="Dog"/> 
>                <element name="????"/> 
> where a different user may decide on the ????. How do we define such dynamic
> name allocation?  

We believe this can be accomplished in XML Schemas. The equivClass mechanism
(see section 4.5 of Part 0 [3]) gives the most general form of 

    <element name="Pet" type="Pet" abstract="true"/>
    <element name="Cat" equivClass="Pet">
        ...definition of Cat

    <element name="Dog" equivClass="Pet">
        ...definition of Dog

Any element can be defined as being in the "Pet" class, and content models that
refer to "Pet" will then permit any member.

    <element name="MeAndMyPets">
            <element name="Me" minOccurs="1" type="dt:String"/>
            <element ref="Pet" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>

An instance fragment would be something like:

    <Cat>cat stuff, however Cat was defined...</Cat>
    <Dog>dog stuff, however Dog was defined...</Dog>
    ... etc.

Please let us know if this answer is insufficient.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2000/05/12-xmlschema-lcissues.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-xml-schema-comments/2000AprJun/0131.html
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-0/

	-- Mary
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