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Associated Industry
Human Resources
Associated Application
Human Resources, Staffing, Background Checking
While not a prerequisite, we highly recommend the PilotFish eiConsole and eiPlatform to support integration of this product.
Release Date
July 14, 2011
Resource Type
Complementary Product

Product details

HR-XML Validation Server

HR-XML Validation Server automates validation and certification of trading partners' messages to standardize initial and ongoing information exchange. A company that is receiving the same messages from multiple trading partners (for example, an ApplicationAcknowledgement) can "publish" their own message formats and rules. This allows their trading partners to test their message transactions before going into production.

Features specific to the HR-XML Validation Server include:


A trading partner wishing to validate their messages may submit those messages in any of a variety of different ways. For instance, a developer wishing to test an HR-XML ApplicationAcknowledgement transaction may alternatively:

  • Send an email with "ApplicationAcknowledgement" in the subject line
  • Post the XML to test.yourcompany.com/HR-XML/ ApplicationAcknowledgement
  • Select "ApplicationAcknowledgement" from a drop-down on a web page
  • FTP a file to the "HR-XML/2008/ApplicationAcknowledgement" directory on test.yourcompany.com


Validation models can be "layered", where a number of different models are applied to the same instance document. For example, the same document may be validated against:

  • HR-XML ApplicationAcknowledgement Schema Validation
  • HR-XMLApplicationAcknowledgement Certification Rules
  • HR-XML ApplicationAcknowledgement Your Company-Specific Implementation Rules
  • HR-XML ApplicationAcknowledgement Trading Partner-Specific Implementation Rules for another Trading Partner

HR-XML.org can provide the "standard" validation rules. Your company and other partners in the Human Resource industry value chain can also submit validation requirements to be deployed to the transaction Validation Server. Using this feature, a trading partner can ensure that their messages are not only HR-XML certifiable, but that they can be consumed by your company and has the benefit of exposing those areas where partners' interpretations conflict with yours, or with the actual standard.


Validation results can be produced as XML, or as a human-readable HTML report. This report enumerates the rules executed against a particular HR-XML Document, the success or failure of the aforementioned rules, and any relevant details in the case of a failure. The report is returned to the submitter through the appropriate transport protocol (email, HTTP, web page, FTP, etc).