I believe Altova's XML Spy has several versions (two of them - Professional and Enterprise are the ones we need to look at - at least). Pete mentioned a while back that even the Professional version (somewhere around $600) is not capable of doing some things we need for our work. One probably needs the Enterprise Edition (upwards of $1300 - prices vary based on corporate discounts). I used the Professional ((trial version) and that seemed to work fine (until the trial period expired). Once we decide, I will put in a request for a purchase of the right version we need.
From: Paul Tykodi [mailto:ptykodi at tykodi.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2013 6:49 AM
To: 'Michael Sweet'
Cc: 'William A Wagner'; mfd at pwg.org; Manchala, Daniel
Subject: RE: [MFD] RE: PWG Semantic Model - Abstract Base Class
Today we have a significant amount of the PWG Schema formatted for compatibility with XMLSpy. I believe this is primarily because it was the tool Pete had available when he was maintaining the schema.
Bill brought up as a discussion topic in the recent Semantic Model bi-weekly teleconference the need to choose a tool prior to moving forward with updating the schema diagrams for the SM 2.0 project.
It looks like we are lucky he brought up this discussion item at this time.
As I have an action item to update the schema diagrams for section 5 (System Configuration) for the draft SM 2.0 document, I'll try out a few of these tools and see whether any particular tool seems to handle the current PWG Schema format better than others and then report my results to the group
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From: Michael Sweet [mailto:msweet at apple.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2013 8:33 AM
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Cc: 'William A Wagner'; mfd at pwg.org<mailto:mfd at pwg.org>; Daniel.Manchala at Xerox.com<mailto:Daniel.Manchala at Xerox.com>
Subject: Re: [MFD] RE: PWG Semantic Model - Abstract Base Class
On 2013-07-06, at 8:20 PM, Paul Tykodi <ptykodi at tykodi.com<mailto:ptykodi at tykodi.com>> wrote:
You can view the diagram by opening the png file and then expanding the view . As you mention, in its base size it is not readable.
Where we are moving the PWG web site to a new virtual host, I wonder whether the PWG could purchase an XMLSpy license and install it on the new virtual site such that any of us who would need to update the schema could use it.
The VPS runs Linux, not Windows, but even if it did I don't think we'd have authors logging in remotely to run it.
There are a number of free tools that show up in a quick search of "XML schema visualization tools", including Eclipse and Oracle's JDeveloper:
Finally, there is another commercial application (this one is cross-platform) called OxygenXML:
I also found an interesting paper comparing popular tools (at the time):
Michael Sweet, Senior Printing System Engineer, PWG Chair
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