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Re: XML Zebra, a path-based tool for generating diff fingerprints for XML Schemas

From: Anthony B. Coates \(W3C Lists\) <abcoatesecure-w3c@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 22:31:04 -0000
To: "xmlschema-dev List" <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.u7p8t2s2beptyg@ubuntuvm>
Version 1.0-pre-2 of XML Zebra is now available.  It adds support for  
substitution groups, and you can now set namespace prefixes via the  
command line.


Cheers, Tony.

On Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:01:38 -0000, Anthony B. Coates (W3C Lists)  
<abcoatesecure-w3c@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> I have written a tool (in Scala) that can be used to check the  
> differences
> between versions of a set of W3C XML Schemas.  The tool can be run with
> Scala, Java, or Apache Ant.  The idea is that for each version, you  
> create
> a fingerprint file that contains paths (like XPaths, but with an extended
> syntax).  By comparing the two fingerprint files for two versions, you  
> can
> see what has changed between the versions of the Schemas.  The tools  
> makes
> use of the XMLBeans API for examining the structure of W3C XML Schemas.
> How does this differ from just doing diffs of the individual Schema files
> themselves?  The difference is that the path-based approach shows you not
> only what has changed, but also shows all of the places that are directly
> or indirectly impacted by the change.  Also, the path-based approach
> ignores restructurings that don't impact users, like renaming of Schema
> types or moving of definitions to a different Schema file.  Put another
> way, the path-based approach allows you to evaluate how the Schemas have
> changed from a user-impact perspective, rather than from a simple
> file-change perspective.
> The software is open source, released under the Apache licence.  For more
> details, and to download it, see
> http://www.xmlzebra.com/
> There will be a presentation about this software at the XML Prague 2010
> conference, 13-14 March.
> http://www.xmlprague.cz/2010/index.html
> Feedback would be very welcome.  Thanks,
> Cheers, Tony.

Anthony B. Coates
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