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Re: [xsl] Saxon for C/PHP/Python/etc

Subject: Re: [xsl] Saxon for C/PHP/Python/etc
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:34:27 +0100

> This does come up in the context of people wanting a XSLT 2.0-lite, but if
> starting now -- and starting a Kickstarter-like campaign now -- would it
> be better to architect for something that could grow to full XSLT 2.0 or
> something that could grow to full XSLT 3.0?

You can certainly add functions and operators and instructions incrementally,
but changing the data model is a "big bang" and pretty well has to be done
before you can do anything else. There's no point implementing bits and pieces
on top of a 1.0 data model, as they will all have to be reworked later.

I would just make one point about funding, which is that if you're asking
people for money, you not only need to persuade them that the product is
needed (which in this case should be fairly easy), but also that you can be
relied upon to deliver it. I've seen several attempts to write XSLT processors
in C fail; it's not an easy task.

Michael Kay

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