New SAXON Release (3.03)

From: Michael Kay (
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:10:01 +0100 
Subject: ANN: New SAXON Release (3.03)

A new version of SAXON (3.03) is available for download at

SAXON is a java class library that sits on top of a SAX-compliant XML parser, providing additional services to aid document manipulation and transformation. In general it is designed to help you write applications that need to process a specific document type, rather than for general-purpose XML tools.

The distribution includes as a sample application DTDGenerator, a tool that takes an XML document as input and produces as output a DTD to which it conforms.

Principal changes in this version:

(The previous unannounced version 3.01 worked with Free-DOM 3 and was on the web for fully three hours before Don Park announced the replacement of Free-DOM by DOM-SDK. Is this a record for software obsolescence?)

There are two classes included in SAXON which are free-standing and which can probably add value to any SAX application:

Terms of use have not changed: essentially free to use but not to include in a commercial product. Source is included. If you find SAXON useful, please let me know, it tells me my time was not wasted!

Thanks to the correspondents, whose names I have forgotten, who suggested the improvements in this version.

Michael Kay
ICL Electronic Business Services

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