Subject: Re: [xsl] Are there any free, fully-compliant XSLT/XPath 3.0 processors?|
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:56:55 +0000
Hello Roger,Indeed this is true, and not just for non-techies. My business is essentially built on providing a zero-cost technology that people can use successfully to build some pretty significant systems, and then when they can see they are getting value from it, providing extra things they can buy to stretch its capability a little further (*). It's much easier to justify spending a couple of thousand at that point in the cycle than at the point where you are deciding what programming language to use, and the net effect is that 90% of the user base are getting a free lunch because the free stuff meets their requirements adequately.
Yes I see your situation ... when non techies are confronted by choosing between XYZ technology and one has a cost and another apparently has no cost ... they classically drift towards the zero cost solution. I sometimes wonder how much 'impl' detail to give to people making cost decisions ... e.g. there is always a cost associated with adopting any software.
Michael Kay Saxonica