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Default value of an element with mixed content

From: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 11:18:47 -0000
To: <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
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It's apparently permissible for an element with mixed content to have a
default (or fixed) value.

Section 3.3.1 of Part 1 says:

If default is specified, and if the element being ·validated· is empty, then
the canonical form of the supplied constraint value becomes the [schema
normalized value] of the ·validated· element in the ·post-schema-validation

But the definition of [schema normalized value] says:

1 If clause 3.2 of Element Locally Valid (Element) (§3.3.4) and Element
Default Value (§3.3.5) above have not applied and either the ·type
definition· is a simple type definition or its {content type} is a simple
type definition, then the ·normalized value· of the item as ·validated·.
2 otherwise ·absent·.

which implies that if the type definition is a complex type with complex
content, then the schema normalized value is always absent.

There seems to be a contradiction here: can an element with mixed content
have a [schema normalized value], or not?

Furthermore, the definition of [schema normalized value] appears to say that
the [schema normalized value] will always be ·absent· if Element Default
Value (§3.3.5) applies, whereas Element Default Value (§3.3.5) says that in
this situation the [schema normalized value] will be the canonical lexical
representation of the {value constraint} value. They can't both be right...

Michael Kay
Received on Monday, 2 January 2006 11:19:08 UTC

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