Using Sun for XML Parsing and XSL Processing?

Subject: Using Sun for XML Parsing and XSL Processing?
From: Brian Young <Brian.Young@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 18:32:45 -0400

The work I am doing requires both an XML parser and an XSL processor.  I originally went with XP/XT, but switched to Xerces/Xalan based on the issue of future support of XP/XT.  Another project in my organization only needs XML parsing, and has opted for the Sun parser (the JAXP reference implementation, I believe).  There is a desire (understandable) across the organization to be consistent in the parsers and such that we decide to use.

However, if I'm not mistaken, Sun does not provide an XSL processor at this point (due in Fall 2000, right?).  This is not an issue for the other project, but is a potential sticking point for mine.  If I am correct about the lack of a Sun XSL processor then is it adviseable to use the JAXP reference implementation with Xalan or maybe Oracle or Saxon?  Am I off-base for wanting to keep the parser and processor from the same vendor?  And, to make my head spin even more, where does the just released Sun XSLT compiler fit in?  I've yet to research it, but it doesn't seem to be what I'm looking for (and a little bit too early to consider using in production mode, anyway).

Any insight is appreciated.  This list has been invaluable, especially for these "soft" questions.  I just want to know my options before embarking down a path.

   Brian Young


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