Anonymous or Inline Data Types

This section describes the anonymous or inline data type, which is coded inside an 'element' or an 'attribute' statement to which the type is applied.

Anonymous Data Type, also called Inline Data Type: a data type defined with no name and inside an "element" or an "attribute" statement.

If data type is specific to an element or an attribute in a parent data type, and there is no need to share it with other elements or attributes outside the parent data type, you can define it as an anonymous data type - a non-named data type defined inline. For example, the following code:

<xsd:complexType name="my_data_type">
 <xsd:sequence>
  <xsd:element name="setting">
   <xsd:complexType>
    <xsd:sequence>
     <xsd:element name="property" type="xsd:string"/>
     <xsd:element name="value" type="xsd:integer"/>
    </xsd:sequence>
   </xsd:complexType>
  </xsd:element>
 </xsd:sequence>
</xsd:complexType>

defines "my_data_type" which has a "setting" element, which has an anonymous data type defined inline.

Last update: 2014.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of XML (eXtensible Markup Language)

 XML File Syntax

 XML File Browsers

 DOM (Document Object Model) Programming Interface

 SAX (Simple API for XML) Programming Interface

 DTD (Document Type Definition) Introduction

 Syntaxes of DTD Statements

 Validating an XML Document against the Specified DTD Document Type

 XSD (XML Schema Definition) Introduction

Syntaxes of XSD Statements

 "schema" - The Schema Declaration Statement

 "element" - The Element Declaration Statement

 Simple Element Types with Built-in Data Types

 Simple Element Types with Extended Data Types

 Complex Element Types

 Simple Content Element Types

 Empty Element Types

Anonymous or Inline Data Types

 dictionary.xsd - A Sample XSD XML Schema File

 Validating XML Documents Against Specified XML Schemas

 XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) Introduction

 XSLT (XSL Transformations) Introduction

 Java Implementation of XSLT

 XPath (XML Path) Language

 XSLT Elements as Programming Statements

 Control and Generate XML Element in the Result

 XML Notepad - XML Editor

 XML Tools Plugin for Notepad++

 XML 1.1 Changes and Parsing Examples

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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