[xsl] Upgrading Saxon XSLT 1.0 support addressing known limitations

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


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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