Re: XML: Getting "special" attribute

Stanimir Stamenkov <>
Sun, 31 Aug 2008 19:12:30 +0300
Sun, 31 Aug 2008 18:13:47 +0300, /Stanimir Stamenkov/:

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 14:54:51 +0200, /WP/:


                <xs:element name="movie" type="xs:string" foo:bar="somevalue"/>


When I inspect the element name I don't see the attribute
foo:bar="somevalue" among its attributes. Anyone know how to "see" it?
I can provide a lot more details if needed. Right now my code depends
on a very old, modified version of xerces that is able to see
attributes in other namespaces (if that is the correct way to describe
the attribute foo:bar?).

I'm not 100% sure whether this is your case but enhancements to the XML
Schema annotation support was first introduced in Xerces 2.8.0

Lookin at it a bit further and trying it out I think this is more
what you're after

Enable generation of synthetic annotations. A synthetic annotation
will be generated when a schema component has non-schema attributes
but no child annotation.

Since: Xerces-J 2.7.0

Given your original example schema packaged as "example.xsd" with
the following class, appears to work for me using Xerces 2.9.1 (but
I guess 2.7.0 should be fine, too):
import javax.xml.transform.OutputKeys;
import javax.xml.transform.Transformer;
import javax.xml.transform.TransformerFactory;
import javax.xml.transform.sax.SAXTransformerFactory;
import javax.xml.transform.sax.TransformerHandler;

import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSAnnotation;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSComplexTypeDefinition;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSElementDeclaration;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSImplementation;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSLoader;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSModel;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSModelGroup;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSObjectList;
import org.apache.xerces.xs.XSParticle;
import org.w3c.dom.DOMConfiguration;
import org.w3c.dom.bootstrap.DOMImplementationRegistry;

public class XSModelTest {

    private static SAXTransformerFactory transformerFactory =
            (SAXTransformerFactory) TransformerFactory.newInstance();

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        DOMImplementationRegistry registry =
        XSImplementation impl = (XSImplementation)
        XSLoader schemaLoader = impl.createXSLoader(null);
        DOMConfiguration config = schemaLoader.getConfig();
                + "generate-synthetic-annotations",

        XSModel schema = schemaLoader.loadURI(XSModelTest.class
        XSElementDeclaration elemDecl =
                schema.getElementDeclaration("movies", null);
        XSComplexTypeDefinition typeDef = (XSComplexTypeDefinition)
        XSParticle contentModelParticle = typeDef.getParticle();
        XSModelGroup contentModelGroup = (XSModelGroup)

        XSParticle elemParticle = (XSParticle)

        System.out.println("--- Particle annotations:");

        System.out.println("--- Element declaration annotations:");
        elemDecl = (XSElementDeclaration) elemParticle.getTerm();

        System.out.println("--- End.");

    static void printAnnotations(XSObjectList annotations)
            throws Exception {
        for (int i = 0, len = annotations.getLength();
                i < len; i++) {
            TransformerHandler handler =
            Transformer transformer = handler.getTransformer();
                    .OMIT_XML_DECLARATION, "yes");
                    .INDENT, "yes");
            handler.setResult(new StreamResult(System.out));

            ((XSAnnotation) annotations.item(i))



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