processContents for ANY element

How options of processContents for an ANY element works ?

I need to use an ANY element to store ANY content like XML, XHTML. The following XML document is an example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1" ?>


Hi Peter, how are you?
I?m fine.


If I define a Schema with processContents = “skip”, in ANY element I can store it, but, what is the options Skip,Lax and Strict ?

I use the following schema:

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs = “” xmlns:tsd = “”>
<tsd:schemaInfo name = “Schema_ANY”>
<tsd:collection name = “Collection_ANY”></tsd:collection>
<tsd:doctype name = “DocANY”>
<xs:element name = “DocANY”>
<xs:element name = “SIMPLE1” type = “xs:string”></xs:element>
<xs:any processContents = “skip”></xs:any>
<xs:element name = “SIMPLE2” type = “xs:string”></xs:element>

For processContent attribute:
“skip” means the content is not validated.
“strict” means the content is validated. If there isn’t schema information for the content an error is flagged.
“lax” means the content should be validated but if there is no schema information available no errors are flagged.

Hope this helps.

Here is a short explanation:

There must be a top-level declaration for the item available, or the item must have an xsi:type, and the item must be

Is xsi:type attribute supported by Tamino ?

Hi Jerome

Tamino 4.1.4 will reject any document containing xsi:type by default.
If you need to allow them (without actually processing them!) urgently:
there is a workaround available since the September 2003 update kit
which can be obtained from Tamino support.

The next version of Tamino is able to validate vs. the type referenced
by an xsi:type attribute without checking the additional constraints
on the type hierarchy.

Best regards

Hi Ulrich,

thank you very much for your answer. You mean that Tamino 4.2 will be able to validate xsi:type elements.

I wonder if Tamino will manage efficient indexes if the referenced type is a complex type with declared indexed elements.

best regards

[This message was edited by Jerome Marc on 22 January 2004 at 13:24.]