From: Michael Kay <mhk@mh...> - 2004-09-26 17:31:23
I was going to wait until Monday to tell the world that Saxon 8.1 was
available, but those who monitor the SourceForge site have already got wind
of it, and there appear to be no major show-stoppers, so here's the official
Saxon-B 8.1 (the open source product) and Saxon-SA 8.1 (the commercial
product) have been released simultaneously, on http://saxon.sf.net/ and
http://www.saxonica.com/ respectively. The documentation is included as part
of the download, and is also available on the Saxonica site - follow links
to Documentation, then "Changes in this Release".
The licensing for the commercial product is now more flexible: although the
headline price for the full product is unchanged, there are reduced prices
available if you want only XSLT, or only XQuery, and a greatly reduced price
for the schema-validator on its own.
The list of technical changes is rather long, and it's hard to point to any
unifying theme. The product has grown by 10%, so this must be seen as quite
a big increment. As well as new features, there's quite a bit of internal
change, in particular the execution model for the XSLT and XPath parts is
now unified, which gives a much cleaner model for XQuery, and paves the way
towards global optimizations becoming possible at the XSLT level.
There are internal changes designed in collaboration with Stylus Studio that
will improve the diagnostic and debugging facilities available for Saxon in
a future Stylus Studio release.
License keys (including 30-day evaluation licenses) issued for Saxon-SA 8.0
continue to work with 8.1.
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