Section 5.2 Schematron Rules¶
The RELAX-NG schema is very good at specifying “parent-child” relationships, in other words, which elements can nest directly under/within other elements. But we have situations where the possible elements depend on grandparents, great-grandparents, or older ancestors. An example is the
<var> element, which is only useful if it is contained somewhere within a
<webwork> element. You can describe these situations with RELAX-NG, but it becomes cumbersome and redundant. So our stategy is to allow some prohibited situations in the RELAX-NG schema, and use Schematron rules to identify the prohibited situations. Continuing our WeBWorK example, the RELAX-NG schema makes it appear that
<var> can be used many places, but a Schematron rule will provide a helpful message indicating you have used it outside the context of a WeBWorK problem.
Schematron is a feather duster to reach the corners that other schema languages cannot reach.―Rick Jelliffe