Using XML Name Value Pairs in Web Services

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Using XML Name Value Pairs in Web Services

Brendan Laing-4



I’m looking for some advice. What are the drawbacks of implementing a generic XSD for web services by using Name/Value Pairs as described below:









  <ExternalReference />





  <Value GroupID="" Name="JobTypeID">BULW</Value>

  <Value GroupID="" Name="JobSubTypeID">TAIL</Value>

  <Value GroupID="1" Name="BulkyCode">SOF</Value>

  <Value GroupID="1" Name="Quantity">1</Value>





If we implemented these name/value pairs as full XSD schemas than we would have 30-40 different schemas. By using Name/Value pairs we can have one single generic schema. Intuitively this feels like misuse of XML standards and the purpose of using XSD’s and WSDL’s but I have no hard argument with our technical team since it is still XML. I would like to be 100% certain that this will not create issues for support or interoperability at some point in the future.


Do you any experience implement this approach and later regretted it?



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