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<xsd:selector> Element 

Specifies an XML Path Language (XPath) expression that selects a set of elements for an identity constraint (unique, key, and keyref elements).

<selector
  id = ID 
  xpath = a subset of XPath expression 
  {any attributes with non-schema Namespace}...>
Content: (annotation?)
</selector>

Attributes

id

The ID of this element. The id value must be of type ID and be unique within the document containing this element.

Optional.

xpath

An XPath expression that is relative to the element being declared. This expression identifies the child elements (of the element being declared) to which the identity constraint applies.

Required.

Element Information

Number of occurrences

One time

Parent elements

key, keyref, unique

Contents

annotation

Remarks

Selector ::= Path ( '|' Path )*  
Path ::= ('.//')? Step ( '/' Step )*  
Step ::= '.' | NameTest  
NameTest ::= QName | '*' | NCName ':' '*'  

Remarks

NoteNote

When using XPath, you must use fully qualified names. For example, myNS:localName instead of localName.

Example

The following fragment is a selector element that selects all expense elements with a field element that selects an approved attribute.

<selector xpath=".//expense"/>
<field xpath="@approved"/>

Other Resources

For more information see the W3C XML Schema Part 1: Structures Recommendation at www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-xmlschema-1-20010502/#element-all.

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