1st Draft of XML Schema Patterns for Common Data Structures Released
Data types and structures covered by the spec include String, Boolean, Decimal, Null and Default Values, Enumerations and Collections. Also included are schema patterns for common aspects such as optional and nillable elements, simple lists and repeated elements.
In theory, XML and XML Schema guarantee interoperability; in practice, data binding technologies differ enough so that programming language specifics "leak" unless explicit care is taken (or data binding, a.k.a. serialization/deserialization, is avoided altogether). While the document is produced as part of the W3C Web Services Activity, it does not depend on any Web services-related standards.
Tom Gilb & Kai Gilb Jan 26, 2015