Very helpful detailed explanation, Mike, thanks.  I will stay far far
away from Saxon 7 :)

My gratitude to Mark, Mike, and others who took the time to post
suggestions and thoughts on this; I have learned quite a lot from the
discussion.  Our IT guys have approved 6.5.5 for us so we'll go with
that and the problem becomes a non-issue.  

I am of course still puzzled by why behaves this way and will
continue to tinker with it on my own time.  If anyone has thoughts on
that feel free to send 'em on.


-----Original Message-----
From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Mike Ferrando
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 2:46 PM
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Subject: Re: EAD to HTML, Saxon, and meta tags

Looks like you fixed your problem already.

Ok, here goes:

Saxon 6.5.5 is a completely different build than previous Saxon
processors. The reason is
because Michael Kay and other big XSLT gurus got together and created
this version fixing all
previous errors, bugs, and compatibility issues (with java 2).

Saxon 6.5.5 is the processor of choice for XSLT 1.0. I use it.

Saxon 7 is a train wreck. Don't use Saxon 7. Don't use any version of
Saxon 7. Michael Kay has even
said to me that Saxon 7 is a loser build.

Saxon 6.5.5 has a dependency on Java jre installed on your pc. There is
no jvm dependency.

Bottom line: if you are using XSLT 1.0, stay with Saxon 6.5.5.

Have fun,