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Project 5

Individual Project

XML interpretation and presentation

  • Proposal: April 5
  • Design (code and UI): April 10
  • Complete System: April 17


The Goal of this project is to create a software system to allow the perusal, searching and view of a document source in XML form.


In class we will review examples of using both C++ and Javascript to parse and display a version of the Bible represented in XML. The student will pick one of the XML document sources given, or (with approval) find a XML document with which to do two of more of the following:

  1. Create a method to select a chapter, section, or other unit to display is a meaningful and useful form. You should use boxes, color, and other formatting components to make the presentation highly readable and usable for the types of setting it might be used.
  2. Create a method to (once at a given section) page or move forward or backward through the text appropriately.
  3. Create an indexed search mechanism to allow the user to search for matches in the text or meta data (as appropriate), then upon selection jump to that match on context (using the above features).
  4. Allow the user to open and collapse sections and subsections as desired by the reader. (For example, in Shakespeare, the user might chose whether they want to see the cues or scene information.
  5. Other features may be proposed for approval.
XML Information

XML documents

Possible documents that you could use for you project:

1. Shakespeare

  • Web source of complete works.
  • Location on cslab: /home/class/SoftDev/XML/ShakespeareXML
2. Quran
  • Web source here.
  • Many versions and languages
  • Other resources
3. Bible
  • Web source here.
  • Many languages and versions.
  • Complete concordance with Hebrew and Greek links and dictionaries.
  • Location on cslab: /home/class/SoftDev/XML/XMLBible
4. Baseball Statistics
  • Web source here.
  • Complete for 1998.
5. Periodic Table

Demo code

  • Bible Lookup from web using only Javascript: here (Javascript only) and here (Javascript with jQuery)
  • Bible and concordance lookup from C++: /home/class/SoftDev/XMLCPPDemo

Lab Milestones

1. Proposal : April 5

  • A one page proposal including
    • which documents you will be using (and source if not given)
    • a list and description of the specific features you would like to implement
    • A justification of how the features will be useful to users in this domain
  • Moodle Link
2. Design (code and UI): April 10
  • A complete proposed design of the system
    • A proposed system architecture (what are the components, and how will they communicate)
    • A specification of any communication protocols you will need
    • A specification of a user interface. Include a mock of the interface.
  • Moodle Link
3. CompleteSystem: April 17
  • A complete working system
    • Online and ready to demo (in class)
    • All source code YOU wrote (structured quality code with full comments)
    • A document describing how to install the system
  • Moodle Link
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