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[ANN] Xml Schema Lightener 2.0 utility: making schemas simpler

From: Paul Kiel <paul@xmlhelpline.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 10:08:22 -0500
To: <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>, <xsl-list@lists.mulberrytech.com>, <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
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Apologies for cross posting.  

Announcing a new release of the "Xml Schema Lightener" utility.  It has been
completely updated and is based on XSLT 2.0.


What it does


It takes an Xml Schema and creates a subset based on user input by using an
XSLT 2.0 stylesheet.  Some refer to this with terms such as a "subset Schema
view", "pruned Schema", "LiteBOD", or "profiled Schema".    


Why it does it


Consider these use cases:

1.       You have an Xml Schema and want to implement a subset (a selected
portion) of the data points.  

2.       You have an internal data model in Schema and want to communicate
to a trading partner only the data points necessary for a particular data

3.       You are implementing an Xml Schema acquired from somewhere else
(i.e. from a trading partner, or from a standards consortium such as OAGi,
HR-XML, etc.) and want to implement only the data points relevant to your
business context.

In all these cases, it would be useful to create a Schema that shows these
points and can be used for validation.  The Xml Schema Lightener allows you
to create the contextual Schema that each of these require.  It does it
using simple XSLT and Xml.  And a GUI is included to make it easy to use.


Plus a second tool


This comes with a second useful utility, which is a Schema "Flattener".
This is another XSLT 2.0 solution to the problem of nested includes in Xml
Schema.  This takes a set of Schemas and merges all xsd:includes so as to
create the fewest number of schemas (or a stand alone one if there are no
xsd:imports).  It performs the include wrap up on all dependent imports as
well.  This is included as a free add-on to the Lightener.


Cost effective


This utility is presented with its full functionality in a very inexpensive
package.  The $29 (USD) price is not intended to make a profit, and
certainly does *not* cover the cost of development.  It is a simple way to
offset a portion of its creation and allow me to keep working on it.


For more information


See http://www.xmlhelpline.com/tools/ for more information and an FAQ.



Paul Kiel


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