The XML Schema Validation Tool will allow survey vendors to "pretest" their XML files to determine if they will pass many of the validation steps, before actually uploading the file to the Data Coordination Center. The tests that this application will perform are:
- Well Formed test - Is your XML file a properly formatted file.
- Schema Validation - Does your XML file match the XSD Schema.
- Data element range checks - Do the values for your data elements fall within the acceptable ranges.
Survey vendors can download this tool to their local computer and test their XML files as many times as needed. The tool will provide results just like the online upload option does, allowing vendors to correct mistakes before actually uploading their file.
Click here to download the tool to your computer. For security reasons, you will download a Zip file that contains the Validation Tool. Once the download is complete, browse to the location where you saved the file. Use your local Zip program to extract the validation tool .EXE file. You can run the application by double clicking on the .EXE file.
NOTE: The XML Schema Validation Tool will only accept the 2021 versions of the XML Templates and XSL Schema files. The Validation Tool for 2022 is under development and will be available on this webpage in the Spring of 2022. An announcement will be posted when the updated Validation Tool is available.