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Re: XML Schema: How to get "Inclusive OR" instead of "Exclusive OR"

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: 24 Oct 2000 18:53:16 +0100
To: paul@pnlassociates.com
Cc: "Linda M. Phillips" <linda@pnlassociates.com>, xmlschema-dev@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5bk8ayp1mb.fsf@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
"Paul B. Anderson" <paul@pnlassociates.com> writes:

> Henry,
> Thanks for your prompt reply.  If I understand correctly, <all> allows the
> child elements to appear or not appear, and in any order.  It also seems to
> allow the case of none of the elements.  If so, this does not accomplish our
> goal of A inclusive-or B since at least one is not guaranteed to appear.

Right, sorry.

The best you can do is the same as with DTDs:

 (ab?|ba?) ==

   <element ref="a"/>
   <element ref="b" minOccurs="0"/>
   <element ref="b"/>
   <element ref="a" minOccurs="0"/>

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