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[Fwd: [xsl] Upgrading Saxon XSLT 1.0 support addressing known limitations]

Hi DocBook folks,

as many of you are relying on Saxon, this message can be of interest for you.


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Subject: [xsl] Upgrading Saxon XSLT 1.0 support addressing known limitations
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 07:15:53 -0400
From: G. Ken Holman <>
To: XSL List <>

For many years now the excellent Saxon processor has helped many of us in
our XSLT 1.0-based solutions:

The latest XSLT 1.0 version, version 6.5.3, has a number of documented

Note on this page that the author, Mike Kay, documents "Since Saxon 6.5.3
is now stable and generally reliable, I have no intention of removing these
limitations."  This is entirely understandable as he focuses on XSLT 2.0,
and I do not fault him for this stance.  On the contrary, many of us owe
Mike a tremendous amount of appreciation for having supported the community
with his efforts.

I'm pleased to report to the community that Mike would, indeed, consider
being funded to create a stable 6.5.4 version and thanks to his patience
with my persistence I have obtained from him a monetary amount that it
would take to get the outstanding issues addressed.

This post of mine is a public appeal to share in the funding cost ... the
more people interested in a stable XSLT 1.0 processor with known problems
addressed, the cheaper it would be for all of us to get a new version of
this stalwart piece of software.

Would people interested in helping to share this funding please contact me
privately with the above subject line (I won't post the details
publicly)?  I'll coordinate and document the sharing of the funding and the
payment to Mike for his time and effort.  To save time, please indicate in
your first message some amount of monetary support you are comfortable
with.  Hopefully with enough people what we actually pay out of our pockets
will be easily affordable.  Being an independent consultant myself, I know
how many of us independents need to pinch pence and pennies.

HITTING REPLY WILL RESPOND TO THE LIST!  Please check your "send to"
address before you forward your message to me.

Time is of the essence, though ... we might be able to slip in some
schedule magic and get this issue addressed in short order.

Thank you for considering how we, as a community, can help ourselves with
an upgrade to an excellent piece of software while keeping the author in
mind for his efforts and time.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken

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