As Michael says, using the browser does mean the transformation takes
place on the client-side, which is why some people choose not to go that
route.  My Nov 06 post is just plain wrong in what I said about saxon,
though (ah, I hate it when old posts come back to haunt me LOL!!). 
Saxon of course produces not just HTML but whatever output your XSL
style sheet tells it to, be it html, marc, pdf, rtf, etc etc etc.  And
with the right setup and coding, you could use saxon to produce HTML on
the fly as well, rather than static files of whatever type.  If you did
it that way, the on-the-fly transformation could occur on the server
side and then the HTML be pushed out to the client, removing any
reliance on the client machine's capabilities.  And saxon's free too!

Michele C.  

Michele R. Combs
Librarian for Manuscripts and Archives Processing
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-9758

>>> [log in to unmask] 7/27/2007 8:40 AM >>>
Doesn't the answer depend on where you want the "on-the-fly"
transformation to occur- on the desktop or on the server?  


From: Encoded Archival Description List on behalf of Michele
Sent: Fri 11/3/2006 9:44 AM
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: HTML output

Yes, Saxon's a great choice -- we use it -- though I wouldn't call it
"on the fly" transformations since it produces actual HTML files. 

For true "on-the-fly" transformations your best bet might be something
you already have: your web browser.  Internet Explorer and  Firefox
both perform XML to HTML transformations.  Be sure that your file has
the xsl style sheet called out properly at the top and just open it in
IE or Firefox.


Michele R. Combs
Manuscripts Processor
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-2697

>>> [log in to unmask] 11/3/2006 9:30 AM >>>
You could try Saxon: 
There is a free version. There is also a commercial version that
supports XML schemas.

> Hello,
> XMLSpy has this option to transform XML to HTML on the fly. 
> trial run of this software recently expired, and the cost of
> the software is prohibitively expensive, especially since the only
> I really use it for is this one task.  Does anyone know of any
> that transforms XML to HTML?  (Besides Archon: my request to install
> that seems to have fallen into the black hole that is our IT
> department.)  Or, ideally, is there a way that I can configure my
> stylesheet to transform XML to HTML?
> Just to clarify things if I'm not describing the situation
> want the end result to be a document that is solely html code.
> Thanks,
> Jordon
> Jordon Steele
> Archivist
> Biddle Law Library
> University of Pennsylvania Law School
> (215) 898-5011

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