Schema Processing using s9api
The s9api interface allows schemas to be loaded into a Processor, and then
to be used for validating instances, or for schema-aware XSLT and XQuery processing.
The main steps are:
Create a Processor (
net.sf.saxon.s9api.Processor) and call its
getSchemaManager() method to get a SchemaManager.
If required, set options on the SchemaManager to control the way in which schema documents
will be loaded.
Load a schema document by calling the
load() method, which takes a JAXP
Source object as its argument. The resulting schema document is available to all applications run within
To validate an instance document, call the
newSchemaValidator method on the
Set options on the
SchemaValidator to control the way in which a particular validation
episode is performed, and then invoke its
validate() method to validate an instance document.
Note that additional schemas referenced from the
within the source documents will be loaded as necessary. A target namespace is ignored if there is already
a loaded schema for that namespace; Saxon makes no attempt to load multiple schemas for the same
namespace and check them for consistency.
Although the API is defined in such a way that a
is created for a particular
SchemaManager, in the Saxon implementation the schema components that
are available to the validator are not only the components within that schema, but all the components that form part
of any schema registered with the
Processor (or indeed, with the underlying
SchemaValidator implements the
Destination interface, which means it can be used to receive
input from any process that writes to a
Destination, for example an XSLT transformation or an XQuery query.
The result of validation can also be sent to any
Destination, for example an XSLT transformer.