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Error in example in section 5.1 of the Primer

From: Priscilla Walmsley <priscilla@walmsley.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 15:36:43 -0400
To: <www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001501c15743$2bd99670$b92a6420@xmls>
There is an error in the example of section 5.1 of the Primer (entitled "A
Unique Composed Value"):

<unique name="dummy1">
  <selector xpath="r:regions/r:zip"/>
  <field    xpath="@code"/>
  <field    xpath="r:part/@number"/>

The rules of identity constraints say that the field xpath should only
return one node for each node selected by the selector [1]. In this case, an
r:zip can contain many r:parts, each with their own number attribute.  This
violates the rule.

I don't think there's a valid way to express what the example is trying to


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-1/#cvc-identity-constraint

Priscilla Walmsley                   priscilla@walmsley.com
Vitria Technology                     http://www.vitria.com
Author, Definitive XML Schema    (Prentice Hall, Dec. 2001)
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