Announcing SAXON

Michael Kay M.H.Kay at
Tue May 12 21:05:19 BST 1998

With SAX now stable, I feel ready to expose SAXON to the

SAXON is a Java package that provides a layer of services on
top of SAX. These services include:

* support for specific element handlers for each element
type, allowing your application to be more modular
* providing context information about each element, saving
your application from having to maintain this itself
* management of multiple output streams linked to particular
elements in the input document, useful when you are
splitting an XML document or loading the data into a
* an ActiveX interface to make it easy to do an HTML
rendition of an XML document from server-side VBScript code
on an ASP page

I have used SAXON to do a variety of XML->XML and XML->HTML
transformations. It includes a number of standard element
handlers that are convenient for doing common HTML
renditions as well as more advanced functions such as
auto-numbering and sorting.

More details, and downloadable software, on

Why "SAXON"? Well, because it's a layer on top of SAX. (And
originally it was closely linked to AElfred)...

Have fun.

Mike Kay, ICL
M.H.Kay at

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