The DocBook XSL stylesheets that are the most solid
are written in XSL 1.0 (version 1.77.1 is the latest distribution), for which
Saxon 6 is most compatible. Saxon 9 is an XSL 2.0 processor that can fall
back to 1.0 behavior if you use those stylesheets, but you may run into
The XSL 1.0 stylesheets are available in two
versions: docbook-xsl-1.77.1 is for non-namespaced DocBook (DocBook version 4
and earlier), and docbook-xsl-ns-1.77.1 is for namespaced DocBook (version
5). I would recommend the latter for you.
There are also new XSL 2.0 stylesheets for DocBook,
and some people are starting to use them, but they are still under development
and I personally can't speak to their current status and any
The current Saxon extensions are indeed for version
6. They are included with the docbook-xsl distribution in the extensions
directory, so I'm not clear why anyone would need a separate
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Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 4:43 AM
Subject: [docbook-apps] Saxon 6 or 9 ?
And extensions - extensions/saxon65 or use docbook-xsl-saxon
Just putting together a new DocBook system using Saxon.
Using Docbook 5. (5.1 still looks to be beta)
Should I be using Saxon 6 or 9 ?
And if 6 I note that there are some extensions available. In that
case do I just need what's in extensions (ie extensions/saxon65.jar) or should
I use docbook-xsl-saxon-1.0 ? (is there anything else that
docbook-xsl-saxon gives me that I might need ?).
If Saxon 9 are there any extensions I need ?
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