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Section C.1. What Is XSD?

C.1. What Is XSD?

XML Schema Description (XSD), sometimes referred to as W3C XML Schema (WXS), is an XML vocabulary that lets you describe other XML vocabularies so that programs can test whether a given document meets rules laid down in the schema. XSD is defined by a set of three W3C Recommendations:


XML Schema Part 0: Primer

A tutorial for XML Schema, explaining Parts 1 and 2 in simpler terms with more examples and integration. Available at http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-0/.


XML Schema Part 1: Structures

An XML vocabulary for describing the structures of XML vocabularies, based on a mixture of markup and object-oriented design. Available at http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-1/.


XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes

A set of extensible types for describing the contents of XML elements and attributes, including things like integers, decimals, and dates. Available at http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-2/.


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