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The "mode" simple type

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The "mode" simple type

Postby Matthew.James.Briggs » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:59 pm

I'm working on C++ databinding for MusicXML. I've noticed that "mode" is the only enumeration-like simpleType that is not a true enumeration. Why is this? Should values be restricted to those listed in the xs:documentation or should a parser allow any string as a "mode" value?

<xs:simpleType name="mode">
<xs:documentation>The mode type is used to specify major/minor and other mode distinctions. Valid mode values include major, minor, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, ionian, locrian, and none.</xs:documentation>
<xs:restriction base="xs:string"/>
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Re: The "mode" simple type

Postby Michael Good » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:59 pm

Hi Matthew,

It has been a while since this design decision was made. I suspect the reasoning was to keep allowing more flexible mode definitions. For MusicXML V3, the values should not be restricted, and if you use a validator with either the DTD or XSD this should be the default behavior. A typical behavior is to treat modes that are not understood as major (or unknown, if your system supports that). This is something we could revisit in the future if needed.
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