Liquid XML Data Binder 2020
Validation using the original XML Schemas (XSDs)
Liquid XML Objects (C#, Visual Basic .Net) > Using the Generated Code > Validation using the original XML Schemas (XSDs)

The XML Data Model does a lot of validation when it loads an XML document, but in some instance it does not capture all the validation rules contained within the XML Schema, so it is sometimes beneficial to validate the XML data using the original XML schemas.

If the code is generated setting 'Add XSD Validation Code' is set to true, then the original XSD schemas are embedded into the assembly as resources, and a validation class is generated (the name of the validation class is taken from the setting 'XSD Validation Class name').

This class can the be used to validate XML documents or create a validating XmlReader. This makes it possible easily validate an XML document as its loaded.

The validation classes created make use XSD validation provided by the .Net framework System.Xml.Schema.XmlSchemaSet class. This class only supports XSD 1.0, so the generated validator will not work on XSD 1.1 schemas.

Reading Example

The following code shows how to create a validating XmlReader that is used to validate the XML data before the Liquid XML Objects serializer goes to work on it. 

Validating Reader Example
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static void Main(string[] args)
    BookStoreValidator validator = new BookStoreValidator();
    using (XmlReader validatingReader = validator.CreateValidatingReader(@"..\..\BookstoreSample.xml", ValidatingReaderErrorHandler))
        LxSerializer<BookstoreElm> serializer = new LxSerializer<Bs.BookstoreElm>();
        LxReaderSettings lxReaderSettings = new LxReaderSettings()
            ErrorHandler = LxErrorHandler
        BookstoreElm bookstoreElm = serializer.Deserialize(validatingReader, lxReaderSettings);
        foreach (var book in bookstoreElm.Book)
            Console.WriteLine($"book : {book.Title} by {book.Author.First_Name} {book.Author.Last_Name}");

private static void ValidatingReaderErrorHandler(object sender, ValidationEventArgs e)
    Debug.WriteLine($".Net XSD Validator : {e.Severity} : {e.Message}");

private static void LxErrorHandler(string msg, LxErrorSeverity severity, LxErrorCode errorCode, TextLocation location, object targetObject)
    Debug.WriteLine($"Liquid XML Objects Validator : {severity} : {msg}");

When the code runs with an invalid genre value in the XML it outputs the following trace. The first entry is the one from the validating reader, as this is ignored in the ValidatingReaderErrorHandler, it is allowed to pass to the Liquid XML Objects serializer, which also reports the issue. Typically the ValidatingReaderErrorHandler implementation would throw an exception when an error is reported.

Trace Output
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XSD Validator : Error : The '' element is invalid - The value 'ERROR_UNKNOWN_GENRE' is invalid according to its datatype 'String' - The Enumeration constraint failed.

Liquid XML Objects Validator : Error : The value of the element genre@ can not be read into property XsdValidation.Bs.BookTypeCt+BookTypeSeq.Genre. The value 'ERROR_UNKNOWN_GENRE' could not be converted to the enumeration type XsdValidation.Bs.BookTypeCt+GenreEnum


The XML Schemas are compressed before being added to the resources, reducing the size of your assembly.