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XMI24 — MOF/XMI schemaType is incorrectly defined relative to its use and its scope is too restrictive

  • Key: XMI24-8
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18838
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Dr. Nicolas F. Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    MOF/XMI defines the schemaType tag as follows: "The name of a datatype defined in the XML Schema Datatype specification."

    First,the examples in the MOF/XMI specification and current use of this tag in OMG's XMI artifacts use datatype URIs, not datatype names.

    Second, the definition of this tag is vague about which datatypes are allowed.

    Consider for example "precision decimal", a datatype that is explicitly mentioned but not explicitly defined in the XML Schema Datatypes spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/REC-xmlschema11-2-20120405/#primitive-vs-derived
    This datatype is explicitly defined in a different specification but in the "xs" namespace: http://www.w3.org/TR/xsd-precisionDecimal/#precisionDecimal

    This example illustrates the ambiguity of the scope as currently specified, that is, is "xs:precisionDecimal" allowed as a value for schemaType?

    Third, even if schemaType were to be clarified to be some subset of datatypes defined in the "xs" namespace, there are legitimate business reasons to expect greater flexibility.

    - Several OMG specifications define XSDs (e.g., BPMN, DTV, …) If these include XML Schema datatype definitions, why are we precluded from referring to them via a PrimitiveType that has a schemaType tag pointing to their URI?

  • Reported: XMI 2.4 — Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:59 GMT