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OsXml - An XML Format for Publishing Open-Source Code
by Christopher Diggins
November 8, 2005
I have come up with a first specification of OsXml, an XML schema for publishing and distributing Open-Source code.


There is no standardized way of publishing open-source code. It can be easy to find a snippet of code online, but without key information, such as the license, authorship, known bugs, etc, it is virtually useless.

I have come up with a rough first draft of an XML schema which is designed to help people share, and ultimately find and use, open-source code. The first draft is available online at

Constructive criticism on how I can make it a better format such as what information would be useful to introduce (or omit) from the schema would be much appreciated!

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Christopher Diggins is a software developer and freelance writer. Christopher loves programming, but is eternally frustrated by the shortcomings of modern programming languages. As would any reasonable person in his shoes, he decided to quit his day job to write his own ( ). Christopher is the co-author of the C++ Cookbook from O'Reilly. Christopher can be reached through his home page at

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