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Eclipse Web Tools Guide
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XML schema editor

This product provides an XML schema editor for creating, viewing, and validating XML schemas. XML schemas are a formal specification of element names that indicates which elements are allowed in an XML file, and in which combinations.

A schema is functionally equivalent to a DTD, but is written in XML. A schema also provides extended functionality such as data typing, inheritance, and presentation rules.

For more information on XML schema, see the following:

Using the XML schema editor, you can:

  • Create and delete XML schema components such as complex types, simple types, elements, attributes, attribute groups, and groups.
  • Edit XML schemas.
  • Import existing XML schemas for structured viewing.

The XML Schema specification from the W3C Web site is used for validation.

XML schema editor views - Design, Outline, Properties, and Source

There are four main views you can work with in the XML schema editor:
  • Design - the Design view provides a graphical way to edit your schema
  • Outline - the Outline view shows you the main components in your XML schema. You can use this view to add and remove certain components.
  • Properties - the Properties view enables you to edit the properties of your XML schema components
  • Source - the Source view enables you to edit your source code directly

Status of the XML schema

Three status indicators for the schema are available. They are in the bottom right corner:

  • Writable or Read Only.
  • (Source view only) Smart Insert or Overwrite. To toggle between these modes, press the Insert button on your keyboard.
  • Line and column number (displayed in the format column # : line #)

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