Common Properties of Layers

Every layer is different, and defines its own properties and/or other aspects. However, there are common properties, that are applicable to every layer. They are summarized below.

Name

Every layer must define it's name, which is expected to be used by a code generator when defining a relevant class. The name is defined using name property.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema ...>
    <frame name="ProtocolFrame">
        <id name="Id" ... />
        <payload name="Data" />
    </frame>
</schema>

Description

It is possible to provide a description of the layer about what it is and how it is expected to be used. This description is only for documentation purposes and may find it's way into the generated code as a comment for the generated class. The property is description.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema ...>
    <frame name="ProtocolFrame">
        <id name="Id" ...>
            <description>
                Some long
                multiline
                description
            </description>        
        </id>
        <payload name="Data" />
    </frame>
</schema>

Inner Field

Every layer, except for <payload>, needs to specify its inner field it wraps. The field can be specified as XML child element.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema ...>
    <frame name="ProtocolFrame">
        <id name="Id">
            <int name="IdField" type="uint8" />  
        </id>
        <payload name="Data" />
    </frame>
</schema>

If there is any other property defined as XML child of the layer, then the inner field must be wrapped in <field> XML element for separation.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema ...>
    <frame name="ProtocolFrame">
        <id>
            <name value="Id" />
            <field>
                <int name="IdField" type="uint8" />  
            </field>
        </id>
        <payload name="Data" />
    </frame>
</schema>

If the inner field is defined globally in <fields> section, it can be referenced using field property.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema ...>
    <fields>
        <enum name="MsgId" type="uint8" semanticType="messageId">
            <validValue name="Msg1" val=0x1" />
            <validValue name="Msg2" val=0x2" />
        </enum>
    </fields>

    <frame name="ProtocolFrame">
        <id name="Id" field="MsgId" />
        <payload name="Data" />
    </frame>
</schema>

Use properties table for future references.

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