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Pedro: A tool for rendering data entry forms for XML Schema

From: Kevin Garwood <garwood@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 17:01:29 +0100
Message-ID: <40893DD9.6020604@cs.man.ac.uk>
To: xmlschema-dev@w3.org


I'm Kevin Garwood, a software developer working here at Manchester 
University.  It says on the XML Schema page that if I want to submit a 
new tool for the list, I should post to this group.

Please check out Pedro at: pedrodownload.man.ac.uk

I'd like to give some background on it for you.  Pedro takes various XML 
Schemas and renders data entry forms for them.  Users use the forms to 
create data files that will validate against the schema.  In addition, 
data modellers can link controlled vocabulary services to form fields 
allowing the documents to have standardised content as well as 
structure.  This tool was originally developed to cope with a proteomics 
data model that kept changing all the time.  We realised there was no 
bioinformatics specific code in the application and that it could be 
applied to other domains.

The schema interpretation facility has been significantly redeveloped 
and improved by Kai Runte, a developer who is just finishing his job at 
the European Bioinformatics Institute.  His schema reader is based on 
Sun's open source MSV project and has already proved immensely useful 
modelling other domains.  You can see from the "download domains" page 
on the web site that there are many different kinds of models already 
being published with the tool.

We at Manchester University and our partners at the EBI believe this 
open source tool could be of benefit to the general XML community.  
Please let us know what you think!

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