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Subject: [xsl] [ANN] Saxon-CE 1.0 (XSLT 2.0 on the browser)
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:19:04 +0100

After a long gestation period, we are pleased to announce that Saxon Client Edition is now a product.

This means that finally, XSLT 2.0 is available on the browser. For practical purposes, that means every browser.

I feel this is a pretty significant event; it's doing what XSLT was intended to do all those years ago, of serving XML content and leaving all the presentation and interaction logic to happen client side. In fact it goes a lot further than the original concept, because it allows XSLT to be used not only for generation of (HTML + Javascript), but it also cuts out the need to write Javascript since all the user interaction can now be handled in XSLT as well.

It's not open source, but there's a free license for small organizations, and it's our hope that the pricing is sufficiently attractive to give good value to everyone. Licensing is on a per-web-domain basis.

If you've been following progress through the alpha and beta releases, the changes in the final product are mainly about creating interfaces to allow much closer integration with the browser environment (via Javascript APIs), as well as a lot of detailed engineering work on logging, diagnostics, debugging features and the like, and of course performance. We've had excellent feedback during the beta release and most of the suggestions that came back from users have been incorporated. As well as the demos we have created ourselves, the web site links to some fascinating applications built by users.

Special congratulations to Phil Fearon who joined Saxonica with the task of turning Saxon-CE from a prototype to a product and has completed that task admirably.

Product information can be found at http://www.saxonica.com/ce/download.xml

I've written a blog entry with more thoughts on the significance of this development at http://dev.saxonica.com/blog/mike/2012/06/index.html

Michael Kay

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