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Conditions of Use


The contents of the downloaded file ( are subject to the Mozilla Public License Version 1.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing rights and limitations under the License.

The Original Code of Saxon comprises all those components which are not explicitly attributed to other parties.

The Initial Developer of the Original Code was Michael Kay of International Computers Limited. Individual modules identified as being created by other individuals include separate IPR notices. Other contributors are acknowledged individually in comments attached to the relevant code modules. All Rights Reserved.

Since February 2001 I (Michael Kay) have been an employee of Software AG, and I continue to develop Saxon with the support and sponsorship of that company. Technically, therefore, the "Initial Developer" no longer exists (the form of words was deliberately chosen to reflect the joint involvement of myself and ICL), so I now work as a "Contributor". International Computers Limited has since been absorbed into Fujitsu Limited, and trades as Fujitsu Services.

If you produce a product that includes or requires Saxon, please refer to it as "The Saxon XSLT Processor from Michael Kay", and include the URL of the home page, which is at

There is no guarantee of technical support, though I am usually able to answer enquiries within a few days. Please subscribe to the mailing list available at and raise any enquiries there. Also check the Saxon project pages on sourceforge for details of known errors; all bugs are listed there as soon as I have sufficient evidence to describe the nature of the problem.


Earlier versions of the Saxon distribution included a modified version of the Ælfred XML parser from Microstar. Since Saxon now uses JDK 1.4, which includes an XML parser, there is no longer any need to supply an XML parser with Saxon.


Earlier versions of the Saxon distribution included a copy of the JAXP 1.1 library (Java API for XML). Since this is now supplied as part of JDK 1.4, it is no longer distributed with Saxon.

Michael H. Kay
12 November 2002