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    Tools for Schemas

    Thanks for the input. I agree that Excel adds a layer of "What the ..." to the whole concept. I guess I will search ways of doing this myself from scratch. The whole problem is that 30 people without much technical knowledge need to add/remove fields from this master schema we are creating and I need to think of a good way to manage it. It is probably much more of a process question than a technical question. I was just hoping that somebody may have heard of some sort of application that would help facilitate this schema design project. Unfortunately there are many xml files that go into making this master schema. To add to the complexity, each client has their own (more restrictive) set of schemas that are based on this master. Again, thanks for the input. Have a good one.
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    Tools for Schemas

    I don't think I was very clear in my problem.I am only working with Schemas at this point. Let's take one schema for an example. Income.xsd> Currently there is a Income.xls file that contains it's own representation of the schema file. > 30 different people make changes to this xls file and send it back to me> I cut and paste and merge these files back into a single xls file> I then run macros that create the Income.xsd file from the single xls file> I don't deal with the individual xml files that these schemas validate at any time. Problems:> People make typos in Excel and it causes extra fields to be created in the .xsd> Cut and pasting of numerous Excel files is uglyQuestion:> Does anyone know of any XML Schema collaboration tool (where people can get together and design/define a schema from numerous locations... without having a strong background in schema language)? If not, does anyone have any ideas of how to streamline this schema design process? My initial thought is to load the excel file in a database and create a web front end that forces restrictions on what can and can't be changed. I just don't want to reinvent the wheel if someone already knows of a tool that will help do this kind of thing. Hope I made more sense this time. Thanks for the input.
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    Simple Query or not

    I have a sql question that somebody probably knows off the top of their head. I have a table with data like this...TABLE> ID> FIELD1> FIELD2> FIELD3> TYPEI need to find how many rows contain data where the set (FIELD1, FIELD2, FIELD3) is the same, but the (TYPE) is different. In other words, all the fields have different values, but if the set of the 3 (FIELD1 = 1, FIELD2 = 2, and FIELD3 = 3) is the same, then I need to find instances where TYPE is not the same. I hope I am explaining this clearly. Basically, if there is more than 1 row where FIELD1=X, FIELD2=Y, and FIELD3=Z, I need to know if TYPE is different among the rows. Ideas?
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    Tools for Schemas

    I hope this qualifies as a schema question.I am taking over a project that involves multiple parties (30) all trying to define a generic master set of schemas. To abstract the technical stuff, each party submits their changes using excel spreadsheets (I know) to indicate changes they are requesting. These spreadsheets (containing over 10000 rows) are then run through macros to generate the schemas. Everything works fine if the parties do not make any typos and follow the color guidelines for their change requests (e.g red to delete, green to change, yellow to add new...). Of course, that is why I have been brought on the project... because it does not work fine. So, my question... I am looking to see if there are any tools that help abstract the technical part of xml schemas, yet preserve the core data. I am being told that even XML Spy's schema viewer is too complex and we also don't want 30 different schemas coming to us on release dates. Any known "schema abstraction collaboration tools" that anyone knows of? Can this be done with stylesheet tranformations to html files or something? Thanks
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