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Subject: Re: RFE #1998852: Provide a mechanism to group parameters.

/ Dave Pawson <davep@dpawson.co.uk> was heard to say:
| Am I right in thinking that so far, we've been OK with 'backwards'
| translation to both DTD and xsd?


| I'm a little more than 50% supportive of retaining that
| ability, sensing that people happily quote that docbook works
| with XSD.
| I shan't shout if you go with this solution, just a little
| concerned that some users (those locked into W3C/MS worlds) who
| are xsd bound might hurt if this breaks that assumption?
| "perhaps we need to build a better XSD in any event"
| Does that mean something other than Jing to go from .rng to .xsd?

I think you mean Trang, and it fails totally on the DocBook schemas. I
have a fairly complex set of stylesheets that do a bunch of work,
including some special cases, to produce a DTD. I produce the XSD from
the DTD.

I'm starting to think that this whole mechanical translation idea is
too hard. But maybe I'll do better in time to write a paper for 
Balisage 2009 :-)

OTOH, if anyone's got a grad student with an interest in schema
modeling, constraints, and graph manipulation, I have a good project
in mind ... :-)

                                        Be seeing you,

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