Linking (using embed) and XML Schema

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Thu Aug 5 09:58:52 BST 1999

Simon St. Laurent wrote:

> I pushed on this issue a few times in the XLink group and was consistently
> told that XLink material wasn't genuinely 'embedded', only referenced, and
> that it therefore had no impact on the target schema or style sheet.  While
> I'm still not 100% convinced that this always makes sense, I'm at least 75%
> there.  You might try the xlxp-dev list - archives at

I'm not convinced at all -- do you remember their line of reasoning?  To me, it's not enough to say that the material isn't genuinely embedded -- this just gives users a way to run roughshod over the schema/DTD.

It also occurs to me that the answer to this question bears strongly on the way in which an XML application is architected.  Saying that the embedded material is not validated according to the document's schema means that validation must take place before link resolution.  I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but it does limit choices.

-- Ron Bourret

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