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The raw portfolio XML in an OSP portfolio contains XML content from completed student forms. The content that students author when they fill out the form must validatae against that form's schema. As a template developer, you might want to consider creating schema that are generic enough to be used to satisfy multiple form needs.
In this video I use the Form Builder tool (contrib) as an easy way to begin building a XML schema file that I could use for multiple purposes in many form definitions. The more XSL template reuse I can achieve in the portfolio templates, the more consistent student portfolios will look.
It may seem odd to attempt to standardize data types in a system DESIGNED TO BE SO FLEXIBLE, but more than one institution reports that setting reasonable expectations for portfolio deployments across campus and managing your IT resources to leverage some amount of standardization do a lot to the project sustainable.
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