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Re: [xsl] Are there any free, fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processors?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Are there any free, fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processors?
From: Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:08:35 -0800

On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM, Costello, Roger L. <costello@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I only know of one fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processor -- SAXON.

BaseX is free and as an XQuery 3.0 implementation it is also an XPath
3.0 implementation.

For the people, who want to use only the XPath 3.0 subset of XQuery
3.0, BaseX could add a confirmation message that a given XQuery is
also an XPath 3.0 instance.

> And it's not free.
> Are there any free, fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processors?
> I believe that it is important there be at least one free, fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processor.
> Here's why: The people I work with think along these lines:
>      XSLT and XPath are nice but not
>      essential. If I have to pay for an
>      XSLT/XPath processor, then I certainly
>      will not use XSLT or XPath. Why
>      should I? I can use Java and it's free.
> You may not agree with their logic and it may be faulty, but that's the way many people think.
> So, if there is no free, fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processor, I doubt that XSLT/XPath 3.0 will get any uptake by the people I work with.
> Comments?

If we find a billionnaire who would support the development of a free
XSLT 3.0 processor, then probably the XSLT vendors would be interested
to participate in such a project.

I am not sure this is realistic, because for many people
"billionnaire" is almost a synonym for "greedy".

> /Roger

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