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Altova XMLSpy
XMLSpy shot.gif
XML editing in XMLSpy
Developer(s) Altova
Stable release 2015 / September 17, 2014
Operating system Microsoft Windows - officially supported
Type XML Editor
License EULA
Website http://www.altova.com/xmlspy.html

XMLSpy is an XML editor and integrated development environment (IDE) developed by Altova. XMLSpy allows developers to create XML-based and Web services applications using technologies such as XML, XBRL, XML Schema, XSLT, XPath, XQuery, WSDL and SOAP.


XMLSpy was first released in 1992, producing an integrated development environment for XML.[1] It is a licensed software product that uses key protection to prevent unlicensed usage. [2] Version 3.5 was released in 2000, allowing graphical input for editing diagrams and access to remote files.[3][4] Version 4.1, released in 2001, added the capability to create XML schemas.[5] The 5.0 version of the program was released in 2002, adding a XSLT processor, XSLT debugger, a WSDL editor, HTML importer, and a Java as well as C++ generator. The version's XML document editor was redesigned to allow for easier use by businesses.[6] XMLSpy 2006 was given the Platinum Award by SQL Pro Magazine's Editor's choice awards.[7] XMLSpy 2007 added increased XPath capabilities, including better integration with Microsoft Word.[8]

In 2008 XMLSpy was the gold recipient in the Development Platform category by SQL Server Pro.[9] In 2009 XMLSpy was named the Editors' Best Best Development Tool's Silver Award recipient by Windows IT Pro Magazine.[10] XMLSpy 2010 added additional support for WSDL 2.0.[11] In 2011 the program added additional charting and graphing support, in addition to enhancing other program capabilities.[12] In 2012 the new version added support for HTML5 and EPUB.[13] The 2013 version then added new XML validation tools.[14] The program also has support for XBRL, in order to manage and view XBRL data.[15]

Multiple views[edit]

Altova XMLSpy includes multiple views and editing features for the following:

  • XML instance document creation and editing
  • Visual XML Schema development
  • DTD editing
  • XSLT 1.0/2.0 development and debugging
  • XQuery development and debugging
  • XPath 1.0/2.0 development and analysis
  • Office Open XML development
  • XBRL taxonomy & instance document creation, editing, and validation
  • Web services development
  • Graphical WSDL creation and editing
  • SOAP development and debugging
  • Java, C++, C# code generation

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "XML Spy 5.0". PC Magazine. January 1, 2003. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Altova website
  3. ^ Edd Dumbill (November 13, 2000). "New version of XML Spy with graphics support schemes". XML fr. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Tomasz Kopacz (May 21, 2001). "Szpieg, który kochał XML". Computerworld. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Using XML Spy 4.1 Suite to Create XML Schemas". Web Pro News. December 3, 2001. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Christina M. Purpi (October 16, 2002). "XML Spy Gains XSLT Debugger, WSDL Editor". Computerworld. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rock Stars". SQL Pro Magazine. July 20, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ken Cox (October 1, 2007). "Hands-On Product Report: Altova XMLSpy 2007". Redmond Developer. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jeff James (July 30, 2008). "SQL Server Magazine Editors' Best Awards 2008". SQL Server Pro. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2009 Windows IT Pro Editors' Best and Community Choice Awards". Windows IT Pro Magazine. November 19, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "News Briefs". SD Times. December 1, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Adrian Bridgwater (February 22, 2011). "Altova Aims For Eye-Catching XML Power". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Adrian Bridgwater (February 27, 2012). "Altova Reveals Release 2 of MissionKit 2012". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ Mitch Pronschinske (September 29, 2012). "New MissionKit Raises the Bar for Modeling Tools". DZone. 
  15. ^ Robert J. Boeri (December 2009). "Words and 401(k)s". EContent. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 

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