The oNVDL project has reached the end of its life-cycle. The code implementation was contributed to the Jing-Trang project that can be downloaded from: http://code.google.com/p/jing-trang/
NVDL stands for Namespace-based Validation Dispatching Language and it is Part 4 of ISO/IEC 19757 DSDL (Document Schema Definition Languages). It allows specifying sections of XML documents to be validated against different schemas thus enabling the creation of complex documents containing multiple languages without the need to modify the schemas that define each language to take into account the other languages. It allows also mixing different schema types like XML Schema, Relax NG and Schematron. A typical example is a document that contains XForms content inside XHTML.
NVDL is the successor of NRL (Namespace Routing Language) that was created by James Clark in 2003. Jing, also created in 2003 by James Clark, is known as the reference implementation for Relax NG but it also contains support for NRL, Schematron and XML Schema validation (the XML Schema validation is based on Xerces).
Starting with version 20070517 oNVDL provides two NVDL implementations, one in Java and one in XSLT 2.0, the later only for the dispatching part of NVDL.
oNVDL was developed on top of Jing to add NVDL support starting from the existing NRL support. This version of oNVDL is based on Jing version 20030619 and changes Jing as follows:
oNVDL is an almost complete (see Known limitations below) implementation of NVDL. Having oNVDL implemented on top of Jing has a number of benefits like working in streaming mode, thus avoiding having all the document loaded in memory and built in validation support for Relax NG, XML Schema and Schematron.
oNVDL is a freely available open source project. See the license for copying permissions.
oNVDL was developed to add NVDL support in oXygen XML Editor.
oNVDL does not implement in the current version 20070517 support for inline schemas.
The XSLT 2.0 implementation of NVDL dispatching does not implement in the current version 20070517 the following:
oNVDL is available in a single form as onvdl-20070517.zip. This includes binaries, source code and documentation.
NVDL specification - http://nvdl.org/
NRL description - http://www.thaiopensource.com/relaxng/nrl.html