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Subject: Re: XSLT 2.0 has arrived
From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 07:38:22 -0500
Re:  XSLT 2.0 has arrived
Andrew Welch wrote:

Doesn't the possibility that "this will finally be addressed in Java
7" and not in Saxon 9 show that it's a Java issue and not a Saxon
issue?  You're effectively complaining about any Java program...

Yes I am, and Saxon is a Java program so it inherits the UI flaws of any Java program. xsltproc does not. Therefore I prefer to use xsltproc even though Saxon is the superior engine in many respects. Saxon's UI problems mean that most of the time I get everything I need more simply from xsltproc.

In the end though it is free, and its not like you have to compromise
on anything because its free - its still one of the the fastest and
most conformant, and has really useful inbuilt extension functions.
If you do buy the SA version, you get near instant support through the
mailing list.

xsltproc is free too.

So you may (at worse) have to put in a couple hours reading, or fire
off an email to the support list, to understand how to run it or debug
a conflict, but you're getting a top product for free.....

I've already put in way more than a couple of hours figuring out how to run it and debugging Saxon caused problems.

The problem with classpath issues and Java programs is that once you fix them, they don't stay fixed. Or that the fix for one thing breaks something else. You're always fixing things. It's not a good system.

Is it Sun's fault, not Dr. Kay's? Yes. Does that mean Saxon doesn't have this problem? No.

o;?Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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