As we all know that Magento 2 uses XSD schema files to validate the contents of all module configuration files.

But at that point, I have one question in my mind. How does Magento validate XSD schema?

Is this validated by w3.org ? And, if yes, then what happens when w3.org server goes down ?

<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Module/etc/module.xsd">
    <module name="Magento_Customer" setup_version="2.0.7">
            <module name="Magento_Eav"/>
            <module name="Magento_Directory"/>

taken from here

Note: The namespace URI is not used by the parser to look up information.

The purpose of using an URI is to give the namespace a unique name.

However, companies often use the namespace as a pointer to a web page containing namespace information.

So I guess you are safe. If www.w3.org goes offline, your magento will still work.


No Magento 2 does not use w3 to validate XML over XSD schema.

The framework validates the config files when it reads the XML file.

The code is located under Magento\Framework\Config\Reader\Filesystem in the _readFiles method:

    if ($this->validationState->isValidationRequired()) {
        $errors = [];
        if ($configMerger && !$configMerger->validate($this->_schemaFile, $errors)) {
            $message = "Invalid Document \n";
            throw new \Magento\Framework\Exception\LocalizedException(
                new \Magento\Framework\Phrase($message . implode("\n", $errors))

And the validate method is located in Magento\Framework\Config\Dom :

public function validate($schemaFileName, &$errors = [])
    if ($this->validationState->isValidationRequired()) {
        $errors = $this->validateDomDocument($this->dom, $schemaFileName, $this->errorFormat);
        return !count($errors);
    return true;

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