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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C XML Schema design tools

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On Oct 21, 2004, at 5:14 PM, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
> What I find really surprising is that despite all these defects, XML 
> Spy
> seems to be the only choice for most of the people and I can't believe
> that there is no alternative, ie no other schema editor that provide
> graphical editing features while being conform to the rec.

Even more surprising and unfortunate is that neither XMLSpy nor Stylus 
are available other than on the Windows platform.  <oxygen/> is the 
only schema editor (and then no visualization functionality) available 
cross-platform.  I'm also surprised that no one's written schema 
diagramming software for GraphViz or similar.

Have you thought about getting the schemas into some sort of central, 
version-controlled repository with some kind of continuous "build" and 
a christmas tree?  I bet that XMLSpy supports WebDAV(?), so you could 
probably use subversion.  It certainly sounds like you're doing enough 
heavy lifting to make some additional infrastructure worthwhile.

Paul Brown


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