Dave Hollander,     CTO, Contivo, Inc. Co-chair, W3C XML Schema Working Group

“Too complicated! Way too much to learn! Nobody will understand this! Do we really have to implement this?”

XML is simple—why are XML schemas so complex?

In spite of early criticisms, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) XML schemas have become an important part of our evolving information infrastructure. How important? Internet search engines can find over one quarter of a million documents that discuss XML schemas. Web Services, ebXML, OAGI, and most recent e-commerce specifications use W3C XML schemas. Vendors like BEA, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, and a host of others have implemented schemas. In short, understanding XML Schema and its complexities has become ...

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