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  1. OMG Issue

XMI12 — What is the idea of encoding package contents?

  • Key: XMI12-16
  • Legacy Issue Number: 4818
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Anonymous
  • Summary:

    Reading through the XMI 1.2 spec, I notice that a peculiar DTD production is
    still there: the <9:PackageElementDef> on page 4-10.

    In short, this means that if I have say a very simplified UML metamodel,
    containing only the "Core" package, containing the single empty class
    "ModelElement", I will get the following DTD (fixed elements omitted):

    <!ELEMENT Uml:Core (Uml:ModelElement)*>
    <!ATTLIST Uml:Core
    <!ELEMENT Uml:ModelElement EMPTY>
    <!ATTLIST Uml:ModelElement

    My problem here is this: why would you ever want to use the Uml:Core package
    element? Since packages cannot be instantiated, there will never be a
    package instance to serialize..

    And, interestingly enough, the XML document production part of the
    specification never uses the package element either.

  • Reported: XMI 1.1 — Thu, 31 Jan 2002 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:12 GMT