XML News from Monday, January 9, 2006

The Shiira Project has released Shiira 1.2, an open source (Modified BSD license) Mac OS X web browser based on Web Kit and written in Cocoa. "The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari." They've failed. Shiira asumes all XML files are RSS files. Bad browser. No cookie. I know this isn't the first browser in which I've seen this particular brain damage, but Safari doesn't have this bug. Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is required.

Daniel Veillard has released version 2.6.23 of libxml2, the open source XML C library for Gnome. that supports XML base, XInclude, xml:id, XML Catalogs, DTDs, RELAX NG, and W3C XML Schemas. This release fixes assorted minor bugs.

The Apache Web Services Project has posted version 0.5.1 of JaxMe 2, an open source implementation of the Java API for XML Binding. Quoting from the web page,

JaxMe 2 is an open source implementation of JAXB, the specification for Java/XML binding.

A Java/XML binding compiler takes as input a schema description (in most cases an XML schema but it may be a DTD, a RelaxNG schema, a Java class inspected via reflection or a database schema). The output is a set of Java classes:

In the case of JaxMe, the generated classes may also

According to Jochen Weidman, 0.5.1 "is a bug fix release with no major changes, except that preliminary support for external schema bindings has been added."