XSD - mutual exclusion based on selection (if/else)

Posted on 2009-02-23
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
What I want to do in my XSD is have a choice of elements based on a previously selected element value to ensure that validation takes place properly (as there is only a single, special case for the element which I want to create).

The logic would be something like:

<A>value1</A> then only <B> can follow
<A>value2</A> then only <C> can follow
<A>value2</A> then only <C> can follow
<A>valueN</A> then only <C> can follow

So the "code" section would contain three valid schema definitions.

How would I do this?
  <C>some other data type</C>
  <C>some other data type</C>

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Question by:revof11_
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Geert Bormans earned 2000 total points
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This is a co-occurence constraint and can not be expressed by W3C Schema 1.0
There is an assert extension to schem (in W3C SChema 1.1) but as far as I know that is only supported by Saxon as of now.
You should use a layered validation approach with your schema in combination with www.schematron.com

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