Visualization of XML conceptual schema recovered from XML schema definition

Joseph Fong, San Kuen Cheung, Herbert Shiu, Chi Chung Cheung

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XML Schema Definition (XSD) is in the logical level of XML model and is used in most web applications. At present, there is no standard format for the conceptual level of XML model. Therefore, we introduce an XML Tree Model as an XML conceptual schema for representing and confirming the data semantics according to the user requirements in a diagram. The XML Tree Model consists of nodes representing all elements within the XSD. We apply reverse engineering from an XSD to an XML Tree Model to assist end users in applying an XML database for information highway on the Internet. The data semantics recovered for visualization include root element, weak elements, participation, cardinality, aggregation, generalization, categorization, and n-ary association, and which can be derived by analyzing the structural constraints of XSD based on its key features such as key, keyref, minOccurs, maxOccurs, Choice, Sequence and extension. We use the Eclipse user interface for generating a graphical view for XML conceptual schema.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1614101
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Web Information Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Data semantic
  • Reverse engineering
  • XML schema definition
  • XML tree model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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