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From "Carlos Araya" <>
Subject Re: [OT] How's "Saxon" like?
Date Mon, 22 Dec 2003 16:32:20 GMT

6.5.3 is the current version supporting XSLT and XPATH 1.0. In my experience
it's faster than Xalan in all situations I have to work in and haven't hit
any bugs with it. Michael Kay is very good at answering questions and bug

7.x is the experimental line that implements most of the XSLT, Xquery and
Xpath 2.0 working drafts. It is not recomended for production but if you're
working on developing an application, it may be good to implement using the
7.x line in the understanding that things may/probably will change before
the specs go final
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pier Fumagalli" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 07:30
Subject: Re: [OT] How's "Saxon" like?

On 22 Dec 2003, at 15:25, Nicolas Toper wrote:
> Le Lundi 22 Décembre 2003 16:19, Carsten Ziegeler a écrit :
>> Pier Fumagalli wrote:
>>> I was wondering if some of you guys had experience with Saxon...
>>> Since I like its object model better than Xalan's, and I'm working
>>> on a
>>> couple of projects requiring direct access to an XPath
>>> implementation,
>>> I just wanted to doublecheck that I'm not going down a awful
>>> buggy/slow
>>> road.
>> Our experience is exactly the opposite: Saxon is in many environments
>> more than twice as fast than Xalan!

That's great... I was just wondering if I was going to be hit by a
massive performance problem, or nasty XPath bugs, but it looks like
you're happy with it (so, if something doesn't work in my app, it's my
fault) :-)

> I agree it is faster and it handles other "cool things" as cool
> extension.
> Besides, even it is not yet a recommandation it implements XSLT 2.0
> spec.

That I don't care much about... I just need XPath, and a decent object
model for applying XPaths to sets of XML documents. And if you look at
Xalan's DTM, it's a NIGHTMARE...

Cool, Saxon 7.8 is then... Thank you guys!


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