XML News from Friday, July 7, 2006

Advanced Software Production Line has posted LibAxl 0.24, an open source (LGPL) XML parser for Linux written in ANSI C. It uses its own custom API rather than one of the standards. At first glance, it does not appear to have namespace support. I'm not sure who wrote this library which makes me nervous. It's easier to get these sort of libraries wrong than right. However, I don't find anything in the API I can definitively point to and say, "That's wrong." This is actually quite unusual, and a good sign.

Andrew Welch has released Kernow 1.4, a cross-platform, open source graphical front end for Saxon written in Java. According to Welch, "Everything you would normally have to type into the command line is available through the mouse, with some extra features thrown in. If you have Schema Aware Saxon it will run that too." New features in 1.5 include optional caching URI and entity resolvers, directory validation, schema aware XQueries, and a choice of default, lax or strict validation for schema aware transforms.