XML Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - v5.21, by Dr. Herong Yang
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.
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