Re: Defaulted values and identity_constraint checking

Oracle's interpretation was to apply the defaults first, as likely
to be most useful and intuitive.

For a key, the utility is small - you can only use a default once
within the scope of the key, otherwise you don't have a unique key.

But for a keyref, it could conceivably be useful to have a default 
like "catchall" that refers to an element with a "catchall" key.

As for the intuition, I personally tend to think of attribute
and element defaults as a front-end shorthand - it's just as though
you had explicitly written the defaults in place in the instance.
Are there situations in which that intuition is faulty?



"Henry S. Thompson" wrote:
> writes:
> > Just want to confirm: my reading of [1] is that defaulted attribute and
> > element values do not participate in identity_constraint checking.  As far
> > as I can tell, identity constraint checking operates on the unaugmented
> > infoset, right?
> >
> > [1]
> >
> Sigh.  This is underspecified in the current spec., so I guess people
> could read it either way.  I'm not terribly happy with either reading,
> myself.
> ht
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