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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Saxon 6 or 9 ? And extensions - extensions/saxon65 or use docbook-xsl-saxon

Hi Richard,
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 compatibility issues.
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 extensions.
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 docbook-xsl-saxon-1.0 distribution?
Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises
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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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