Visual Schemas For NewsML

NewsML is “an XML-based standard to represent and manage news throughout its lifecycle, including production, interchange, and consumer use”.

VisualSchema is pleased to announce Visual Schemas For NewsML.


WordPress Blog Sidebar Widgets Arrangement

I just changed the layout of this blog and it was quite a bit of dilemma as to how to organize the various widgets. Finally, came up with the following layout strategy.

WordPress Blog Sidebar Arrangement

The idea is, the widgets have been separated into two categories, one that present timeline of the blog posts and the other that presents the analytics of the blog posts. After observing this, it was an easy decision to place one category on one sidebar and the other category in the second sidebar. This feels like an optimal widget placing strategy.

Visual Schemas For eBay Web Services

eBay claims 5.7 billion web service calls a month! I wouldn’t be surprised that in the future, the number of total web service calls to be more than the number of manual page views.

While people visit the web and create the web traffic to mostly view content (including email which is a major contributor), using web services people can create creative and innovative applications that can be either online or on the desktop and provide facility to view and also create content. People making serious living out of eBay for example with hundreds or even thousands of listings would rather create their lists through a specialized tool that makes use of these web services than to do it online.

eBay has Shopping Web Services and Trading Web Services. They also have Research Web Services but I don’t see an XSD for this yet.

VisualSchema is pleased to release Visual Schemas for eBay Shopping Web Services and Visual Schemas for eBay Trading Web Services.

Visual Schemas For E-Government Standards

Who knew that even whitehouse had xml standards! At

I found

Exhibit 300 Schema, Version 3.02 (for FY08)

This document is used to describe and define the type of content including the entities, attributes, elements and notation used for the submission of Exhibit 300s for the FY08 budget cycle.”

The schema definition is published for every year’s budget cycle. is pleased to announce the availability of Visual Schemas For OMB (E-Government).

One interesting thing is that the namespace uri of the above schema is a seemingly non-existent domain name and made me smile to see they are using https for the namespace uri. I mean, sure whitehouse has it’s own confidential documents, but using https in the target namespace uri sure isn’t going to keep them all that confidential. Or is it? :).

Visual Schemas For PBCore

The Public Broadcast Metadata Dictionary Project has a schema defined for exchanging the data related to the Public Broadcast industry. is pleased to offer Visual Schemas for PBCore.

Visual Schemas For EDGAR (SEC Filings)

EDGAR, which stands for Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval, is from and provides XML standards for the SEC filing documents.

VisualSchema is pleased to announce the availability of Visual Schemas for EDGAR SEC filing XML Schemas.

Unlike most standards published as Visual Schemas so far, each of the EDGAR schemas have a separate version. In addition, the same top-level element edgarSubmission and ownerDocument are used in different messages. Instead, the top level element names should have been the name of the Form such as FormTA-1.

Visual Schemas For HR-XML

HR-XML is creating open standards in the area of HCM (Human Capital Management) similar to what OAGIS did for SCM (Supply Chain Management), creating XML Schema based open standards for BODs (Business Object Documents). What’s more, in their 3.0 draft version, they have started to structure their schemas inline with OAGIS, by arranging them as Nouns and Verbs. is pleased to announce the availability of Visual Schemas For HR-XML XML Schemas.

When tried this on the 2.5 version, there were a few issues faced, identifying the key business objects and secondly, there were also some schema errors such as the Longitude element having only the name and no type. Finally found the HR-XML 3.0 draft version from Less is More: Flattening, Profiling, Slimming: Part 1 and generated the Visual Schemas.

One interesting thing noted with HR-XML is, unlike a few other standards which don’t have any explicit copyright restrictions, HR-XML, atleast for 2.5 has a requirement to mention “Copyright © The HR-XML Consortium. All Rights Reserved.” in any references to it. So, to be safe, the HR-XML 3.0 draft Visual XML Schemas homepage contains this statement. As I have been exploring the very many open standards to provide Visual Schemas for them, I have seen most open standards which have friendly licenses but a few have some “legal stuff” in them.