ANN: Scimitar 0.9.0

Uche Ogbuji uche.ogbuji at
Wed Sep 29 03:35:49 CEST 2004

Scimitar is an implementation of ISO Schematron that compiles a
Schematron schema into a Python validator script, making it a
faster and somewhat more flexible approach than the usual XSLT

Schematron is an XML schema language in which you express a set of rules
that the document must meet, rather than expressing a full grammar for
the XML vocabulary (which is the more common approach to XML schemata).
It is by far the most flexible XML schema language available.

Scimitar now support all of the draft ISO Schematron specification.
It will go through a mostly-bug-fix phase until the 1.0 release.
See the TODO file for known gaps in Scimitar functionality and

Scimitar is open source, provided under the 4Suite variant of the Apache

The compiler program runs standalone on Python 2.2 or more recent,
although if you are using an earlier version than 2.3, you must also
install Optik 1.4.1 or more recent.  In addition to the above
the generated validators require 4Suite 1.0a3 or more recent (really
only tested with latest 4Suite CVS).

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.

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