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The XSchema project is a cooperative effort, based on the xml-dev mailing list. The XSchema specification, when complete, will provide a means for XML developers to describe their XML document structures using XML document syntax.

The XSchema project (formerly known as XSD) began with a proposal for the representation of XML DTDs as XML documents. This proposal was never complete, and should be considered obsolete, but it does describe some of the possible advantages of using XML document syntax to describe XML document structures.

After discussion, the XSchema project has established a set of 12 goals that it hopes to achieve. The project has moved into a phase consisting of questions. The initial questions are fairly general, but will focus down more tightly on specific issues as the project progresses.

XSchema is not intended to compete with proposals from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standards body that has created and continues to develop XML. We hope that this proposal will provide some foundations for future W3C developments, but keep in mind that this is not a W3C-sanctioned process.

We hope to complete the initial XSchema 1.0 proposal by June 30, 1998.

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Last modified: 29 May, 1998.