In order to check XML data for validity we have to prepare its schema XSD-file. This file will be loaded by a JAXP package to a Schema objects instance. Then we'll use Schema to produce Validator which can then be used to validate any document with type defined in outr schema.

import javax.xml.validation.Schema;
import javax.xml.validation.SchemaFactory;
import javax.xml.validation.Validator;

import org.xml.sax.SAXException;

 * A sample application which shows how to perform a
 * XML document validation.

public class Test {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    try {
      // define the type of schema - we use W3C:
      String schemaLang = "";

      // get validation driver:
      SchemaFactory factory = SchemaFactory.newInstance(schemaLang);

      // create schema by reading it from an XSD file:
      Schema schema = factory.newSchema(new StreamSource("sample.xsd"));
      Validator validator = schema.newValidator();

      // at last perform validation:
      validator.validate(new StreamSource("sample.xml"));

    }catch (SAXException ex) {
      // we are here if the document is not valid:
      // ... process validation error...
    } catch (Exception ex) {

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