Re: [xsl] XSLT code for XML to JSON conversion?

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT code for XML to JSON conversion?
From: "Liam R. E. Quin liam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:08:34 -0000
On Thu, 2019-12-12 at 21:32 +0000, Richard Fozzard
richard.fozzard@xxxxxxxx wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> We're looking to do conversion of relatively complex XML (i.e. 
> namespaces, attributes, repeating elements, xlinks) into JSON from
> the 
> Unix command line to build a web page. We've  used the XML to JSON 
> feature in the Oxygen Developer tool, and it works well, but that's
> a 
> GUI, not a command line tool.

It's probably using XSLT under the hood, with a stylesheet that's
usable e.g. with Saxon. You do pay the penalty of Java runtime startup,

Note also that XSLT 3 includes a standard function to produce JSON; see

So you could just use xml-to-json() in XSLT. You may need Saxon EE for
that, i'm not sure offhand.

Of course, you could also just send XML to the Web client; what you are
doing by using a complex transformation into JSON is moving the
complexity from one developer to another. You could also generate HTML
on the server, whic might make it easier to meet 508/WCAG requirements


Liam Quin,
Available for XML/Document/Information Architecture/XSLT/
XSL/XQuery/Web/Text Processing/A11Y training, work & consulting.
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