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Element: data

Description: In GraphML there may be data-functions attached to graphs, nodes, ports, edges, hyperedges and endpoint and to the whole collection of graphs described by the content of <graphml>. These functions are declared by <key> elements (children of <graphml>) and defined by <data> elements. Occurence: <graphml>, <graph>, <node>, <port>, <edge>, <hyperedge>, and <endpoint>.

Type: data.type

Complex type for the <data> element. data.type is mixed, that is, <data> may contain #PCDATA. Content type: extension of data-extension.type which is empty per default.  Type is final.


key  (required)  of type xs:NMTOKEN  refers to the id attribute of a <key>.

id  (optional)  of type xs:NMTOKEN  identifies this <data>.


Identity Constraint Definitions:

Ensures: uniqueness of the key attributes of <data> children of this <data> element.

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LEDA extension package for GraphML.
18 March 2003
XML Schema specification and documentation available for GraphML 1.0rc (release candidate)
23 July 2002
GraphML presentation at the annual meeting of DFG Research Priority 1126 Algorithmic Aspects of Large and Complex Networks. (ps, pdf)
28 June 2002
yFiles extension package for GraphML version 1.0 released.
22 May 2002
Release candidates for extensions graphml-attributes (for data attributes) and graphml-parseinfo (for lightweight parsers) completed. See current specification.
12 March 2002
GraphML proposed as the standard format for the network data archive to be created within EU FET Open Project COSIN.