Re: Help! Any ideas for language for validating links?
Eric van der Vlist said: > Does such a system exists in the wild? My feeling was that complete > Xlinks have never been able to get real traction. Well, I use a complex XLink based system every day: we run our projects on the PageSeeder collaborating annotation environment which uses them behind the scenes. I think there is a maturity aspect as well. After systems are put in, and implementation technologies mature, gains in productivity come from improving quality and reducing errors. And as test-driven development gets more mindshare and becomes management-demanded rather than team-leader encouraged, the expectation of the existance of tools will increase. (Of course, I don't expect many organizations will see this as their most pressing need; or if they do they may go the route of autogenerating links or using link servers instead.) >> * validate Topic Maps > > I thought the TM folks were already defining a language to validate > their stuff... Good point. I forgot about TMCL. >> So any use cases, experience, ideas, suggestions welcome. How to the >> large >> content management systems declare link checks? Or don't they? > > Not in this domain, I have seen cases where people define rather complex > inclusion/inheritance mechanisms that are very tough to validate with > current tools. > > I am currently working on one of these use cases for a customer. > Although I can't share the details without their agreement, you can > think of it as technically relatively similar to XSLT, W3C XML Xchema or > RELAX NG import, include and redefine mechanism. > > To make it still worth, in this specific case the links to the included > documents are not made through URIs but through logical ids. > > Depending on the type of document and component, a component may > completely or partially override the components with the same name found > in the included components. > > A complete validation involves not only validating the different links > but also validating that the resulting model is conform to a schema. > > Is this type of system in the scope of DSDL part 6? I don't see why not. Links are important and interesting and difficult and error-prone; all good reasons at least to look around at industry experience. > In that case, use cases could include consolidated validation of W3C XML > Schema, XSLT and RELAX NG documents. By consolidated I mean validating > the include/import/redefine chain and its result as opposed as > validating each document individually. > > I could also ask to this customer what they would be willing to share of > their application. Yes please. Rick
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