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Subject: RE: [tosca-comment] Comments on the XSD of PRD01

Dear Oliver,

Thank you for your additional comments and attention to TOSCA. I acknowledge receipt of the below as TOSCA TC Co-Chair. Please be assured that the TC will carefully consider your comments.

Paul Lipton

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From: tosca-comment@lists.oasis-open.org [mailto:tosca-comment@lists.oasis-open.org] On Behalf Of Oliver Kopp
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:16 PM
To: tosca-comment@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [tosca-comment] Comments on the XSD of PRD01

Dear  TOSCA-Team,

I've got some more comments on the XSD. I'm referencing the lines in the PDF of PRD01.

Line 3634: Why isn't the complex type "tExtensibleElement" abstract="true"?

Line 3648 introduces a new type "importedURI", which is just a xs:anyURI.
Can't that additional type simple be removed? For other types of URIs such as location or constraintType, there is no special URI attribute type.

Line 3653 introduces the element "Defintions" as new element of type tDefinitions by using "xs:extensions". Why isn't just <xs:element name="Definitions" type="tDefinitions"/> used?

Line  4246 onwards list multiple elements of type tImplementationArtifact in tImplementationArtifacts. Instead of directly referencing tImplementionArtifact, that type gets extended. Why is this extension necessary? Isn't the extensibility of tImplementationArtifact itself enough?
In the case of tDeploymentArtifacts (line 4228), tDeploymentArtifact is directly used as element type for DeploymentArtifact.

Page 18: In a definitions element, multiple extensions have to be nested in <Extensions>, multiple Types in <Types>, but imports are put directly into the XML. Why isn't there an "<Imports>" container?

Line 4377 introduces tExtensions, which is used nowhere else. I assume, it should be used in lines 3664 to 3671 instead of re-declaring a sequence of elements of type tExtension.

Line 3672 declares a sequence of tImport elements. This should be replaced by declaring a tImports complex type and using that type.

Line 4201 introduces the element "ArtifactReferences" directly. Similar to other sequences of elements (such as tPlans), there should be a separate complex type tArtifactReferences.

Line 3996 introduces "RelationshipContraints" and Line 3999 introduces "RelationshipConstraint" directly. To be consistent with the other definitions, there should be a complex type tRelationshipConstraints and tRelationshipConstraint be defined.

Line 4477 introduces "InstanceState" directly. To be consistent with the other part of the XSD, there should be a complex type tInstanceState be introduced. Possibly deriving from tExtensibleElements.

Line 4274 shows no use attribute for the attribute "targetNamespace". In all other attribute declarations of the xsd, there is either 'use="required"' or 'use="optional"' given. A 'use="optional"' should be put here, too.

Line 4352: Why is tConstraint not deriving from tExtensibleElements, which also allows any element from other namespaces.

Line 4477: Why is tCondition not deriving from tExtensibleElements, which also allows any element from other namespaces.

Line 4522 introduces "tBoolean". This can easily be confused with xs:Boolean. I propose to remove tBoolean and use xs:Boolean or rename "tBoolean" to "tYesNo" to avoid confusion.

Extensibility seems to be important point for the specification.
For instance, tDefinitions (line 3660) and tExtensions (line 4377) drive from tExtensibleElements.
This is not true for following containers:
* tTags (line 3724)
* tDeploymentArtifacts (line 4228)
* tImplementationArtifacts (line 4245)
* tPlans (line 4270)
* tTopologyElementInstanceStates (line 4485)
* tRequiredContainerFeatures (line 4511)

Why is that the case? Shouldn't be as much as possible elements be extensible?

Referencing Types is done in different ways. Example: NodeTypes.
A tEntityTemplate (where tNodeTemplate derives from) points to its type by using a QName (line 3858).
A tEntityType (where tNodeType derives from) points to its possible father by the element "DerivedFrom", which contains a typeRef attribute having a QName (line 3816).

For consistency reasons, always (or never) a surrounding element should be used. In the example, derivedFrom should be an attribute of type QName or the type attribute should become an element. In case always an element is to be used, there should be a complex type definition tTypeRef.

For all *Types, there is tEntityType (line 3811) used as parent element, for all *Templates, there is tEntityTemplate (line 3837) used as parent element, but there isn't a tEntityTemplate complex type used as parent for tRelationshipTypeImplementation and tNodeTypeImplementation. For consistency reasons, there should be one.

There are many complex types having the attribute combination
abstract+final+name+targetNamespace. There are even more with
name+targetNamespace. Couldn't there be an abstract super type where 
attributes are pre-defined and that the concrete complex element derive from?

Line 3634 names the Element "tExtensibleElements" (which is plural), but nearly all elements derived from that are named singular (e.g., tImport, tServiceTemplate). The only exception is tDefinitions. I wonder why the plural form has been taken. Why not just "tExtensibleElement" to stress that each element (singular!) derived from this type is a single element.

Best regards,


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