Altova XML Schema Solutions

Altova XML Schema Tools

XML Schema provides the foundation for all XML-based applications. Developers need powerful, easy-to-use tools for working with all aspects of XSD modeling, editing, generation, and conversion.

Altova MissionKit tools offer broad support for XML Schema, including editing, generating code and documentation, modeling, mapping, and managing file relationships. Support for other prevalent data formats and any-to-any mapping ensures easy integration, and tight integration among MissionKit tools ensures a seamless information workflow, regardless of the task at hand.

What is XML Schema?

XML Schema is a W3C Recommendation for defining the structure, content, and semantics of XML documents. It was born out of a need to provide a more powerful and flexible alternative to the standard DTD, a schema language for expressing SGML and XML content models. Though many DTDs are still in use today in legacy document frameworks and may even be used in tandem with XSDs, XML Schema offers a lengthy list of advantages for defining XML documents:

Integration and Accessibility. One of the most obvious and powerful advantages that XML Schemas hold over DTDs is that they are, in fact, defined as XML documents themselves, making them programmatically accessible to developers and enabling them to add an enormous amount of flexibility to system architectures. XSDs can be stored along with other XML documents in XML architectures and data stores and manipulated, referenced, and styled using a growing number of XML companion tools including XPath, XQuery, XInclude/XPointer, and XSL.

For example, used in conjunction with other XML technologies, such as XSLT and XML-enabled databases, global elements defined in XSDs can be processed consistently and uploaded to the appropriate database structure or even rendered in formats business reporting formats such as HTML and PDF.

Datatyping. XML Schema provides a powerful mechanism for specifying datatypes for XML elements and attributes. This ability to incorporate advanced constraints for document content enables schema designers to control the validity of end-user input in a variety of ways unavailable in DTD. The datatypes provided in XML Schema facilitate complex document exchange and data integration scenarios, giving it exposure to the B2B and e-commerce architectures that traditionally employ other data formats such as EDI.

Namespaces. XML Schema’s support for namespaces enables XML documents to contain unique identifiers, and therefore incorporate more than one commonly used vocabulary at a time. A namespace declaration, or binding, is generally declared in an XML document via an IRI (Internationalized Resource Identifier), and is expressed by applying a prefix to relevant elements and attributes. Namespaces provide enormous data integration opportunities, enabling entire XML frameworks to coexist within the same architecture. This is an extremely valuable asset for a global economy, where mergers and acquisitions, supply chain requirements, and industry standards often dictate heterogeneous data constructs.

  • World's leading graphical XML Schema Editor
  • Supports XML Schema 1.0 and XML Schema 1.1
  • Intelligent entry helpers and advanced validation
  • Schema generation from XML instances
  • XML instance generation based on XML Schema
  • DTD to XSD conversion
  • Bi-directional conversion between XML Schemas and relational database schemas
  • Royalty-free, schema-based code generation in Java, C#, and C++
  • Comprehensive XML Schema documentation generation
  • Schema flattener, schema subset creation, smart restrictions, and more
  • Advanced software modeling tool
  • Special UML-type diagram for XML Schema
  • Modeling of XML Schemas in UML diagrams provides a level of abstraction between the schema design and the actual XSD
  • Importing existing XSDs into UML projects
  • Code generation in Java, C#, and VB.NET
  • One-click sync between UML model and XSD
  • Round-trip engineering
  • Visual XML Schema management tool
  • Illustrates XSD, XML, XSLT, and WSDL file relationships project- or enterprise-wide
  • Supports XML Schema 1.0 and XML Schema 1.1
  • Graphical components and color-coded connections give instant picture of XML architecture
  • Ascertain the impact of every change
  • Drag-and-drop creation of IIRs
  • Build complex XML Schemas from simpler components
  • Supports a modular approach to designing advanced XSDs
  • Strong integration with the XMLSpy XML Schema editor
  • Graphical, any-to-any data mapping tool tool
  • Drag-and-drop XML data integration
  • XML to XML conversion
  • Bi-directional mapping between XSD and databases, EDI, flat files, Excel, XBRL, and more
  • XSLT function libraries and advanced data processing support
  • Instant data conversion and numerous mapping automation options
  • Autogeneration of XSLT and XQuery, or program code in Java, C#, or C++
  • Generation of XSD for mapping based on XML instance
XSD mapping and integration

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