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RE: [xsl] free XMLSpy version and xalan

Subject: RE: [xsl] free XMLSpy version and xalan
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 15:47:01 -0500

At 03:41 AM 1/24/2005, Katharina wrote:
so I found out that with XMLSpy Home Edition its not possible to use Xalan processor.

Can anyone suggest another XSL Tool (free) which uses Xalan?

I'd like to answer this question, but also to reiterate it, asking on my own behalf -- since it's a bit complicated.

You can download and run Xalan from the command line -- see http://xml.apache.org/xalan-j/commandline.html.

However, you will also find (as you dig into their documentation) that if you do this naively, you might not get quite the results you expected. As documented in http://xml.apache.org/xalan-j/faq.html, if you are running JDK 1.3 or 1.4, you may have "issues". In particular, JDK 1.4 comes with a copy of Xalan of its own -- an older version than the one you will download -- which it will use in preference to yours, unless you take extra measures.

Hence, the complicatedness.

So -- for the Java and Xalan experts reading -- Sun has now released J2SE version 5.0, whose JDK supercedes (I assume) the JDK 1.4.2 (the most recent version before it). How will this change things?

If I'm not a Java programmer, but I run Java routines (either to test things in Xalan or for a multitude of other purposes), would it be a good idea for me to ungrade from 1.4.2 to 5.0?

How will this change the issues relating to Xalan in Java?


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