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Schemas for Validating ODF Files

Schemas that can be used for validating ODF files


The extension schema in libreoffice/ is used by all unit tests if --with-export-validation is given, which is the default.

Notably this means that if you add a new feature to the ODF filters and you add the required unit test for the new feature, then most likely the test will fail with a complaint from the validator; in this case the schema needs to be updated to contain the new elements and attributes.

The extension schema uses the RelaxNGinclude” feature to refer to the ODF schema; this means that it only contains those parts of the schema that actually need to be changed - this works well in many cases because the ODF schema is quite well structured with many named patterns, but unfortunately there are a few places where that isn’t the case and large chunks needed to be copied to override them.

In the easy case, to add an attribute you just want to search for the corresponding element, which will have a “foo-attlist” named pattern, and then add another attribute like this:

<rng:define name=“draw-enhanced-geometry-attlist” combine=“interleave”> <rng:optional> <rng:attribute name=“drawooo:sub-view-size”> <rng:ref name=“string”/> </rng:attribute> </rng:optional> </rng:define>

Currently only the features that are actually exported in the unit tests have been added to the schema; there is still some work to do here to add everything; the crashtesting script also does ODF validation of all files and now also uses the custom schema.

Unfortunately it turned out that there are a lot of extensions already for which no proposal exists [1], and in many cases not even an entry on the Wiki [2], so clearly something like this extension schema is needed.

[1] git grep TODO schema/libreoffice