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On Feb 3, 2005, at 2:04 PM, Andrew E Switala wrote:

> Even this limited type-checking cannot be done when there are type
> attributes as in <identifier type="isbn"> and <identifier type="uri">.

Which supports the position that wherever possible, one should use
elements.

However, the fact that you can't validate an element based on its
attribute value is not a general limitation: it is a limitation of the
DTD and XSD languages.  RNG handles it fine.

        Identifiers = ISBN | DOI
        ISBN = element identifier { attribute type {"isbn"}, isbn-pattern }
        DOI = element identifier { attribute type {"doi"}, doi-pattern }

The patterns would then just be regular expression patterns for each
respective id type.

One can only hope that XSD will evolve to support this in v2.  It's a
major limitation that it doesn't now.

Bruce