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This is a W3C Recommendation, which forms part of the Second Edition of XML Schema.
W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment.
This enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.
This document has been produced by the W3C XML Schema Working Group as part of the W3C XML Activity.
The goals of the XML Schema language are discussed in the XML Schema Requirements document.
Please refer to the errata for this document, which may include some normative corrections.
This document is also available in these non-normative formats: XML, XHTML with visible change markup, Independent copy of the schema for schema documents, A schema for built-in datatypes only, in a separate namespace, and Independent copy of the DTD for schema documents. Copyright © 2004 is part 2 of the specification of the XML Schema language.
It defines facilities for defining datatypes to be used in XML Schemas as well as other XML specifications.
The datatype language, which is itself represented in XML 1.0, provides a superset of the capabilities found in XML 1.0 document type definitions (DTDs) for specifying datatypes on elements and attributes.
The authors of this document are the members of the XML Schema Working Group.