XSchema: multiple proposals

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Wed Jun 3 20:00:50 BST 1998

Don Park wrote:

> Frankly, I would like to see separate definitions for each element,
> attributes, and containment rules.  I hated nested procedures in Pascal so I
> hate having to define objects inside another definition.  Same thing
> happened with XSL where they mixed pattern definition and action rules
> together so that patterns nor rules can't be shared.

Hmm.  The trouble with that is that either the related definitions
have to remain together or they don't.  If they do, then there's
obvious structure within the XSchema that isn't being captured.  If
they don't, then we've introduced another level of cross-references.

DTDs, of course, don't require the ATTLIST pertaining to an ELEMENT
to be anywhere near it.  Since at most one ATTLIST could exist
per ELEMENT (at least in pre-Web-TC-SGML), can some SGML-knowledgeable
person comment on the original rationale for separating ELEMENT

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