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Blake Minghelli
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I am trying to define a required element of type 'decimal' that should allow up to 12 total digits and up to 2 fractional digits. It also must allow empty strings (i.e. element is present but contains no value).

Here is the xsd snippet for the element:
So, I want this to be a legal value in an instance document:
But when I validate (using Xerces), I get this error:
What do I need to do to make the element allow empty values?
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