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Messages are marked with red crosses

Technote (FAQ)


Why do you see red crosses in the Rational Integration Tester (RIT) message editor of IBM Rational Test Workbench (RTW)?


You are creating or editing tests. When you open a messaging test action, you see red crosses on some of the message fields or nodes.


The purpose of crosses is to mark sections of the message that do not conform to the schema that was used to create it. This gives you a visual warning that there might be something wrong.

Consider the following screen capture of a SWIFT Message:

The pale red crosses mark the fact that a problem exists within this area of the message.
The dark red cross marks the location of the problem.


  1. Expand the child nodes until you reach the dark red cross.

  2. Move the mouse over the message marked with the dark red cross to see hover help giving the reason for the warning. In this case you should have an Application Identifier field underneath the Basic node.


Schema warnings do not necessarily mean that the test is invalid. You might be deliberately testing with an invalid message.

Document information

More support for: Rational Test Workbench
Rational Integration Tester

Software version: 8.0, 8.5

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1641356

Modified date: 27 June 2013