- XML DTD Validation with DOM

This section provides a tutorial example on how to write a DTD validator using DOM classes in JDK. The validator can validate an XML file against the specified DTD statements.

JDK offers a document builder interface, javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilder, to represent classes that can parse XML files into document objects described in the Document Object Model (DOM). See my notes on DOM for more details.

The document builder also supports DTD validation during the parsing process. To do this:

Here is a sample program,, that shows you how to use a document builder class to validate XML files against the specified DTD statements.

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import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory;
import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilder;
import javax.xml.parsers.ParserConfigurationException;
import org.w3c.dom.Document;
import org.xml.sax.SAXException;
import org.xml.sax.SAXParseException;
import org.xml.sax.ErrorHandler;
import org.xml.sax.helpers.DefaultHandler;
class DOMValidator {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      try {
      	 File x = new File(args[0]);
         DocumentBuilderFactory f 
            = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
         f.setValidating(true); // Default is false
         DocumentBuilder b = f.newDocumentBuilder();
         // ErrorHandler h = new DefaultHandler();
         ErrorHandler h = new MyErrorHandler();
         Document d = b.parse(x);
      } catch (ParserConfigurationException e) {
      } catch (SAXException e) {
      } catch (IOException e) {
   private static class MyErrorHandler implements ErrorHandler {
      public void warning(SAXParseException e) throws SAXException {
         System.out.println("Warning: "); 
      public void error(SAXParseException e) throws SAXException {
         System.out.println("Error: "); 
      public void fatalError(SAXParseException e) throws SAXException {
         System.out.println("Fattal error: "); 
      private void printInfo(SAXParseException e) {
         System.out.println("   Public ID: "+e.getPublicId());
         System.out.println("   System ID: "+e.getSystemId());
         System.out.println("   Line number: "+e.getLineNumber());
         System.out.println("   Column number: "+e.getColumnNumber());
         System.out.println("   Message: "+e.getMessage());

See the next section on how to test this DTD validator.

Last update: 2014.

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