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XML Schemas: Best Practices

Last updated: November 1, 2006

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new!   Use multiple schema languages! No single schema language is sufficient to express all data constraints. Multiple schema languages must be used.

  Here is a white paper that describes a holistic approach to versioning schemas. It asserts that Schema versioning should not be treated in isolation. Instead, Schema versioning should be part of an integrated system evolution plan.

  Here is a white paper that describes a radical new way of designing schemas that will position your data for the next generation Web - The Semantic Web.

  Here is a white paper that addresses the importance of identifying and documenting your Schema design objectives prior to creating a Schema. A questionnaire is provided to assist in assessing your objectives.

Download a tutorial on Best Practices. This tutorial contains a Powerpoint document for each Best Practice issue. There are fully validated examples and labs (with answers) for each issue.

All the Best Practices documents are now in PDF format.

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Tutorial on XML Schemas

Point of Contact: Roger L. Costello