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[ANN] Saxon-CE 1.0 (XSLT 2.0 on the browser)

After a long gestation period, we are pleased to announce that Saxon 
Client Edition is now a product.

This means that finally, XSLT 2.0 is available on the browser. For 
practical purposes, that means every browser.

I feel this is a pretty significant event; it's doing what XSLT was 
intended to do all those years ago, of serving XML content and leaving 
all the presentation and interaction logic to happen client side. In 
fact it goes a lot further than the original concept, because it allows 
XSLT to be used not only for generation of (HTML + Javascript), but it 
also cuts out the need to write Javascript since all the user 
interaction can now be handled in XSLT as well.

It's not open source, but there's a free license for small 
organizations, and it's our hope that the pricing is sufficiently 
attractive to give good value to everyone. Licensing is on a 
per-web-domain basis.

If you've been following progress through the alpha and beta releases, 
the changes in the final product are mainly about creating interfaces to 
allow much closer integration with the browser environment (via 
Javascript APIs), as well as a lot of detailed engineering work on 
logging, diagnostics, debugging features and the like, and of course 
performance. We've had excellent feedback during the beta release and 
most of the suggestions that came back from users have been 
incorporated. As well as the demos we have created ourselves, the web 
site links to some fascinating applications built by users.

Special congratulations to Phil Fearon who joined Saxonica with the task 
of turning Saxon-CE from a prototype to a product and has completed that 
task admirably.

Product information can be found at http://www.saxonica.com/ce/download.xml

I've written a blog entry with more thoughts on the significance of this 
development at http://dev.saxonica.com/blog/mike/2012/06/index.html

Michael Kay

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