[Tdwg-tag] TCS in RDF for use in LSIDs and possiblegeneric mechanism.

Fini A. Alring falring at gbif.org
Fri Mar 24 13:28:28 CET 2006

Hi roger and Ricardo,
Altova (XMLSpy) has similar products for creating forms on top of XML 
Schema's, I think it's called Stylevision.
However I don't see either of these tools as fitting for a 'global' roll 
out where each biologist is required to own a license for either of 
these tools.
For widespread use, a custom web interface seems more appropriate to me.

// Fini

Roger Hyam wrote:
> Thanks Ricardo.
> Now I am not a great fan of MS Office but I am actually going to say 
> that this looks pretty cool :)
> I just put a quick form together based on the avowed.xsd, filled out a 
> copy and validated it against the w3c RDF validator.
> So yes you can build forms on the basis of XML Schema and yes the 
> results can be valid RDF. So here we have a 'cool tool' for biologists 
> to create XML by filling in forms and the resulting XML can also be 
> valid RDF!
> The only fly in the ointment is the need for every desktop to have a 
> copy of InfoPath on it and no cross platform support etc. Good for 
> inside larger organisations though.
> Roger
> Ricardo Scachetti Pereira wrote:
>>    Roger,
>>    Microsoft InfoPath 2003, which comes with Microsoft Office 2003 
>> Professional, is supposed to do what you want.
>>    It doesn't create a nice looking user interface automagically from 
>> an XML Schema, though. You need to load the schema and then design 
>> the form, by dragging the XML elements into it and adding captions, 
>> labels, etc. But once you do that, the user interface for filling in 
>> the form is kinda nice.
>>    It comes with a number of silly templates for business use 
>> (invoices, time cards, etc). I loaded TCS schema v1.0 and designed a 
>> simple form using it just for fun. See the attached picture.
>>    I hope this helps.
>>    Regards,
>> Ricardo
>> Roger Hyam wrote:
>>> Can you point me in the direction of a tool that will generate  
>>> interfaces for data editing from an arbitrary XML Schema - and works 
>>> out the box? I presume that, as you bemoan the lack of them for RDF, 
>>> they exist for XML Schema based documents.
>>> I am not talking XML editors (Spy and friends) here I am talking 
>>> pukka data editors for regular biologists to use. I gave up trying 
>>> to find these tools a while back but they may now have reached 
>>> maturity. There was all this promise that one would be able to 
>>> define a document structure in XML Schema and distribute this to 
>>> clients and they would just see groovy forms to fill in and manage 
>>> data in a database somewhere. No more slog in designing user 
>>> interfaces just one generic tool. I got excited about XForms but 
>>> soon got over that. Is there a tool I can download and use with SDD, 
>>> TCS and ABCD?
>>> If I could get my hands on such a tool I could try it with one of my 
>>> 'avowed' serialization schemas and then demonstrate that I am 
>>> editing RDF with it - but that really would be confusing. Where are 
>>> the generic XML tools you imply?
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Fini A. Alring
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Universitetsparken 15
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