Check XML Without any DTD or schema.

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Tue Sep 5 13:06:14 CEST 2006

gajewski.konrad at wrote:
> I'm newbee. I try to check syntax any XML file. I don't have any dtd or
> shema file to this xml.
> Is this possible that I check syntax in any xml file in python.

There are two forms of checking xml-documents:

 - well-formedness, which means that the document adheres to the xml syntax,
that open tags are properly closed and tags in general form a tree
structure. Maybe some other things too, but that is the gist of it.

 - validity according to a schema/dtd, which is only possible to check for
well-formed documents 

The first you check by simply opening a file using a xml parser. The second
is only possible in presence of a schema-document and a validating parser -
which not all are.


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