API for Schematron 1.5 Skeleton

Rick Jelliffe, 20001/02/02 draft only

This document provides documentatin on the XSLT API available in the Schematron 1.5 implementation called skeleton1-5.xsl. This is an updated version of the new architecture contributed by Oliver Becker for Schematron 1.3.

The skeleton is an XSLT script which provides all the basic parsing and validating routines for compiling a Schematron 1.5 schema into XSLT. Schematron was designed to allow many different uses, and the skeleton gives you a headstart in creating a customized implementation. You just need to write XSLT templates to override the default ones. (The program you write is sometimes called a meta-stylesheet.)

Phases and error reporting are handled by the skeleton with no interaction with a metastylesheet.


process-prolog

The process-prolog template gets called at the start of the validation session. It has no parameters. The default implementation is no action.


process-root

The process-root template processes the root element of the schema (which is not the same thing as the root of the document / and need not be the document element /*) .

node-list $contents
XML SystemId $icon
The URI of an icon
XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the schema element.
SGML FPI $fpi
The Formal Public Identifier for this schema.
IETF language $lang
The human language used in this schema
string $schemaVersion
The version of the schema, perhaps a datestamp.
string $title
The title of this schema
"1.5" $version
The version of Schematron being used

process-assert

The process-assert template handles asserts whose test has failed.

XML IDREFS $diagnostics
A list of the diagnostic elements related to the current assertion
XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the assert element.
XML SystemId $icon
The URI of an icon
XML NMTOKEN $role
A name for the generic role of this assertion. The schema creator would have their own vocabulary.
XPath $subject
A path relative to the current context to some interesting node considered the subject.
node-list? $text
(to write)

process-diagnostic

The process-diagnostic template handles diagnostic messages for assert statements that have failed and report statements that have succeeded.

XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the diagnostic element.
node-list? $text
(to write)

process-dir

The process-dir template handles bi-directionality markup, which is only needed by certain human scripts such as Arabic.

"ltr" or "rtl" or "" $value
Left-to-right or right-to-left or unspecified

process-emph

The process-emph template handles the markup of emphasized text in paragraphs, assertions and diagnostics. It has no parameters.


process-message

The process-message handles default outputing of text.

string $pattern
Some text that may be some kind of pattern
string $role
Some text that may be some kind of role

process-name

The process-name templates handle name strings that can be used in assertions. asssert and report only provide name subelements rather than the more general value-of elements to encourage plain language and generic descriptions rather than specific diagnostics, for which purpose the diagnostics elements are used.

string $name
The name of the current element, or of the node specified by a name element

process-ns

The process-ns template reports on ns declarations, which are used to transmit on namespace information by the skeleton.

Namespace NCName $prefix
The prefix of a namespace
XML SystemId $uri
The (internationalized) URI Reference of a namespace

process-p

The process-p template handles paragraphs.

XML NMTOKEN $class
An attribute that can be used for stylesheet style
XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the p element.
XML SystemId $icon
The URI of an icon
IETF Language $lang
The human language used in this paragraph

process-pattern

The process-pattern reports on the start of evaluation of a pattern element.

XML SystemId $icon
The URI of an icon
XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the pattern element.
string $name
The title of the current pattern
XML SystemId $see
A (internationalized) URI reference to some supporting or defining documentation

process-report

The process-report template handles report whose test has succeeded.

XML IDREFS $diagnostics
A list of the diagnostic elements related to the current assertion
XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the report element.
XML SystemId $icon
The URI of an icon
XML NMTOKEN $role
A name for the generic role of this assertion. The schema creator would have their own vocabulary.
XPath $subject
A path relative to the current context to some interesting node considered the subject.
node-list? $text
(to write)

process-rule

The process-rule reports that a rule element has fired: its context attribute matched some nodes. .

XSLT expression $context
The expression that gives the context of the current
XML ID $id
The unique identifier with the schema for the rule element.
XML NMTOKEN $role
A name for the generic role of this rule. The schema creator would have their own vocabulary.

process-span

The process-span handles span elements, which are generic elements for styling, like HTML's .

XML NMTOKEN $class
An attribute that can be used for stylesheet style

process-value-of

The process-value-of template handles value-of elements, which are used in diagnostic messages to allow very specific hinting .

XPath $select
The path of some node that will be evaluated and printed.