I know I am just the latest in a long line of people to “comment” on this subject – but I just wanted to give my two cents.
I appreciate the fact that the XSD designers wanted to vastly enrich my datatype life. But why come up with a bunch of built-in SimpleType datatypes which are just derivations of other SimpleTypes when you gave me a nice mechanism for doing so myself? If I really want a nonPositiveInteger – then I can easily define it myself using constraining facets. If I really want a gYearMonth then… does anyone really need a gYearMonth?
(I also don’t really understand having a set of limitless integers – at least they could have come up with a name that people would not pick by default – something like IntegerDontUseThisUnlessYouAbsolutelyHaveTo – but that is another rant for another time).
One can point out that there is the primitive datatypes – but again, too much here and I would argue that most users would not tend to limit their SimpleType datatype usage to the primitives – particularly because the primitives don’t contain an integer type.
I really think XSD would be a lot better off here if they had gone the programming language route and really limited the amount of built-in value types. I understand that there is value with have a large set of built-in datatypes, but I think they have gone well beyond the 90/10 rule on this.