Monday, April 30, 2007

Xml Schema definition for dummies

Today I defined my first batch of Xml Schemas for Version 8. The results of my labors are now available at

For each XSD file, I also provide a couple of "example" XML files, available in

To test that the XSD validates the XML, I used the online DecisionSoft Xml Validator. Provide it with an XSD schema definition file, and an XML file to validate against it, and away it goes. The error messages were a little obtuse, but good enough for my purposes.

It's possible to include a reference to the XSD file within the XML instance, which is probably what we want to do in practice.

The next step is to parse the XML. Here's a nice example of using JAXB 2.0 to parse XML efficiently (both in terms of code size and execution time).