Saxon is using some non-ASCII characters in its messages. It seems, sadly, that there are still systems around that can't cope with this, and that display them incorrectly. It seems to happen in particular if you use a raw MSDOS-style console. I haven't yet decided whether to encourage people to move to a more capable environment, or whether to resign myself to living within the constraints of 7 bit characters.
Michael Kay

From: [] On Behalf Of Benson Cheng
Sent: 16 March 2004 01:06
Subject: [saxon] XQuery error message shows garbage characters

Hi All,
I just start using the Saxon 7.9 for processing the XQuery, when I use the command line to run some queries, the syntax error messages shows some garbage characters, can anyone help me to resolve this problem?  Here are some examples characters, I am running on Windows XP with JDK 1.4.2_03.
D:\work\xquery>java net.sf.saxon.Query -T Benson.xquery fromFileName=Input.xml
  XQuery syntax error on line 6 in ½...t() { return <test> <╗:
    expected ½}╗, found ½">"╗
Failed to compile query: Query Parsing failed
Query processing failed