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XmlSchemaValidator Class

Represents an XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) Schema validation engine. The XmlSchemaValidator class cannot be inherited.

Namespace: System.Xml.Schema
Assembly: System.Xml (in system.xml.dll)

public sealed class XmlSchemaValidator
public final class XmlSchemaValidator
public final class XmlSchemaValidator
Not applicable.

The XmlSchemaValidator class provides an efficient, high-performance mechanism to validate XML data against XML schemas in a push-based manner. For example, the XmlSchemaValidator class allows you to validate an XML infoset in-place without having to serialize it as an XML document and then reparse the document using a validating XML reader. The XmlSchemaValidator class can also be used to build validation engines over custom XML data sources or as a way to build a validating XML writer.

For more information about the XmlSchemaValidator class, see the XmlSchemaValidator Push-Based Validation topic.

Security noteSecurity Note:

The ProcessInlineSchema and ProcessSchemaLocation validation flags of an XmlSchemaValidator object are not set be default. Additionally, the XmlResolver property of an XmlSchemaValidator object is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) by default. As a result, external schemas referenced in include, imports, or redefine elements are not resolved by default.

The following example validates the contosoBooks.xml file against the contosoBooks.xsd schema. The example uses the XmlSerializer class to deserialize the contosoBooks.xml file and pass the value of the nodes to the methods of the XmlSchemaValidator class.

using System;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Schema;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

namespace Microsoft.Samples.Xml.Schema
{
    class XmlSchemaValidatorExamples
    {
        static void Main()
        {
            // The XML document to deserialize into the XmlSerializer object.
            XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("contosoBooks.xml");

            // The XmlSerializer object.
            XmlSerializer serializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(ContosoBooks));
            ContosoBooks books = (ContosoBooks)serializer.Deserialize(reader);

            // The XmlSchemaSet object containing the schema used to validate the XML document.
            XmlSchemaSet schemaSet = new XmlSchemaSet();
            schemaSet.Add("http://www.contoso.com/books", "contosoBooks.xsd");

            // The XmlNamespaceManager object used to handle namespaces.
            XmlNamespaceManager manager = new XmlNamespaceManager(reader.NameTable);

            // Assign a ValidationEventHandler to handle schema validation warnings and errors.
            XmlSchemaValidator validator = new XmlSchemaValidator(reader.NameTable, schemaSet, manager, XmlSchemaValidationFlags.None);
            validator.ValidationEventHandler += new ValidationEventHandler(SchemaValidationEventHandler);

            // Initialize the XmlSchemaValidator object.
            validator.Initialize();

            // Validate the bookstore element, verify that all required attributes are present
            // and prepare to validate child content.
            validator.ValidateElement("bookstore", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
            validator.ValidateEndOfAttributes(null);

            // Get the next exptected element in the bookstore context.
            XmlSchemaParticle[] particles = validator.GetExpectedParticles();
            XmlSchemaElement nextElement = particles[0] as XmlSchemaElement;
            Console.WriteLine("Expected Element: '{0}'", nextElement.Name);

            foreach (BookType book in books.Book)
            {
                // Validate the book element.
                validator.ValidateElement("book", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);

                // Get the exptected attributes for the book element.
                Console.Write("\nExpected attributes: ");
                XmlSchemaAttribute[] attributes = validator.GetExpectedAttributes();
                foreach (XmlSchemaAttribute attribute in attributes)
                {
                    Console.Write("'{0}' ", attribute.Name);
                }
                Console.WriteLine();

                // Validate the genre attribute and display it's post schema validation information.
                if (book.Genre != null)
                {
                    validator.ValidateAttribute("genre", "", book.Genre, schemaInfo);
                }
                DisplaySchemaInfo();

                // Validate the publicationdate attribute and display it's post schema validation information.
                if (book.PublicationDate != null)
                {
                    validator.ValidateAttribute("publicationdate", "", dateTimeGetter(book.PublicationDate), schemaInfo);
                }
                DisplaySchemaInfo();

                // Validate the ISBN attribute and display it's post schema validation information.
                if (book.Isbn != null)
                {
                    validator.ValidateAttribute("ISBN", "", book.Isbn, schemaInfo);
                }
                DisplaySchemaInfo();

                // Verify that all required attributes of the book element are present
                // and prepare to validate child content.
                validator.ValidateEndOfAttributes(null);

                // Validate the title element and it's content.
                validator.ValidateElement("title", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
                validator.ValidateEndElement(null, book.Title);

                // Validate the author element, verify that all required attributes are present
                // and prepare to validate child content.
                validator.ValidateElement("author", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
                validator.ValidateEndOfAttributes(null);

                if (book.Author.Name != null)
                {
                    // Validate the name element and it's content.
                    validator.ValidateElement("name", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
                    validator.ValidateEndElement(null, book.Author.Name);
                }

                if (book.Author.FirstName != null)
                {
                    // Validate the first-name element and it's content.
                    validator.ValidateElement("first-name", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
                    validator.ValidateEndElement(null, book.Author.FirstName);

                }

                if (book.Author.LastName != null)
                {
                    // Validate the last-name element and it's content.
                    validator.ValidateElement("last-name", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
                    validator.ValidateEndElement(null, book.Author.LastName);
                }

                // Validate the content of the author element.
                validator.ValidateEndElement(null);

                // Validate the price element and it's content.
                validator.ValidateElement("price", "http://www.contoso.com/books", null);
                validator.ValidateEndElement(null, book.Price);

                // Validate the content of the book element.
                validator.ValidateEndElement(null);
            }

            // Validate the content of the bookstore element.
            validator.ValidateEndElement(null);

            // Close the XmlReader object.
            reader.Close();
        }

        static XmlSchemaInfo schemaInfo = new XmlSchemaInfo();
        static object dateTimeGetterContent;

        static object dateTimeGetterHandle()
        {
            return dateTimeGetterContent;
        }

        static XmlValueGetter dateTimeGetter(DateTime dateTime)
        {
            dateTimeGetterContent = dateTime;
            return new XmlValueGetter(dateTimeGetterHandle);
        }

        static void DisplaySchemaInfo()
        {
            if (schemaInfo.SchemaElement != null)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Element '{0}' with type '{1}' is '{2}'",
                    schemaInfo.SchemaElement.Name, schemaInfo.SchemaType, schemaInfo.Validity);
            }
            else if (schemaInfo.SchemaAttribute != null)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Attribute '{0}' with type '{1}' is '{2}'",
                    schemaInfo.SchemaAttribute.Name, schemaInfo.SchemaType, schemaInfo.Validity);
            }
        }

        static void SchemaValidationEventHandler(object sender, ValidationEventArgs e)
        {
            switch (e.Severity)
            {
                case XmlSeverityType.Error:
                    Console.WriteLine("\nError: {0}", e.Message);
                    break;
                case XmlSeverityType.Warning:
                    Console.WriteLine("\nWarning: {0}", e.Message);
                    break;
            }
        }
    }

    [XmlRootAttribute("bookstore", Namespace = "http://www.contoso.com/books", IsNullable = false)]
    public class ContosoBooks
    {
        [XmlElementAttribute("book")]
        public BookType[] Book;
    }

    public class BookType
    {
        [XmlAttributeAttribute("genre")]
        public string Genre;

        [XmlAttributeAttribute("publicationdate", DataType = "date")]
        public DateTime PublicationDate;

        [XmlAttributeAttribute("ISBN")]
        public string Isbn;

        [XmlElementAttribute("title")]
        public string Title;

        [XmlElementAttribute("author")]
        public BookAuthor Author;

        [XmlElementAttribute("price")]
        public Decimal Price;
    }

    public class BookAuthor
    {
        [XmlElementAttribute("name")]
        public string Name;

        [XmlElementAttribute("first-name")]
        public string FirstName;

        [XmlElementAttribute("last-name")]
        public string LastName;
    }
}

The example takes the contosoBooks.xml file as input.

<bookstore xmlns="http://www.contoso.com/books">
    <book genre="autobiography" publicationdate="1981-03-22" ISBN="1-861003-11-0">
        <title>The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Benjamin</first-name>
            <last-name>Franklin</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>8.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="novel" publicationdate="1967-11-17" ISBN="0-201-63361-2">
        <title>The Confidence Man</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Herman</first-name>
            <last-name>Melville</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>11.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="philosophy" publicationdate="1991-02-15" ISBN="1-861001-57-6">
        <title>The Gorgias</title>
        <author>
            <name>Plato</name>
        </author>
        <price>9.99</price>
    </book>
</bookstore>

The example also takes the contosoBooks.xsd as an input.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xs:schema attributeFormDefault="unqualified" elementFormDefault="qualified" targetNamespace="http://www.contoso.com/books" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
    <xs:element name="bookstore">
        <xs:complexType>
            <xs:sequence>
                <xs:element maxOccurs="unbounded" name="book">
                    <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                            <xs:element name="title" type="xs:string" />
                            <xs:element name="author">
                                <xs:complexType>
                                    <xs:sequence>
                                        <xs:element minOccurs="0" name="name" type="xs:string" />
                                        <xs:element minOccurs="0" name="first-name" type="xs:string" />
                                        <xs:element minOccurs="0" name="last-name" type="xs:string" />
                                    </xs:sequence>
                                </xs:complexType>
                            </xs:element>
                            <xs:element name="price" type="xs:decimal" />
                        </xs:sequence>
                        <xs:attribute name="genre" type="xs:string" use="required" />
                        <xs:attribute name="publicationdate" type="xs:date" use="required" />
                        <xs:attribute name="ISBN" type="xs:string" use="required" />
                    </xs:complexType>
                </xs:element>
            </xs:sequence>
        </xs:complexType>
    </xs:element>
</xs:schema>

System.Object
  System.Xml.Schema.XmlSchemaValidator

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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