I’m starting in on a snazzy workbench project which will encode a bunch of it’s working data in the METS schema. In the process I’ll probably need to understand and use the standard in ways that have been only theory to me. Premis in METS, also exciting for me.
In any case, I found myself constantly flipping back to the Oxygen XSD viewer in Eclipse to consult the standard. That’s very cumbersome to do all day long. This one time I tried opening an additional workbench window within the same Eclipse instance, using Eclipse on two displays. Nice in theory, but I do not recommend doing this if you want to retain a stable Eclipse IDE.
That’s when I noticed the plotter sitting in the GIS area here. It can print 3 feet by whatever length! The next thing I discovered is that you can save the current Oxygen XSD schema view to an image, capturing whatever parts of the schema are expanded. (Thank you Oxygen.)
The first draft I tried was an image with the basic parts of the entire schema expanded underneath the root element. Even after collapsing all repeated element types, this was a ten foot long poster. While fun for demo purposes, this would be impractical without inventing an analog scrolling device. I was able to shorten the poster to a more reasonable length by breaking the schema up into element types and rearranging to use the 3 foot width. Now the poster is 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall, small enough to pin to the back of a tall bookcase or cube divider.