Lists and forums for getting help

If you have a general question about XSLT, XPath, XQuery or XSD coding, that is not specifically related to Saxon, we recommend asking on StackOverflow. There are suitable tags for categorizing your question, and there is a helpful community of users prepared to answer your questions.

You can also use StackOverflow to ask Saxon-specific questions (using the saxon tag); Saxonica keeps an eye on such questions and tries to ensure that they are accurately answered, but a question posted here should not be treated as a formal request for Saxonica assistance.

For many years the xsl-list at MulberryTech served the same purpose: these days it is probably more useful for deeper questions about the design principles of the various languages, which often lead to interesting discussion among the experts. The archives of the list can be searched at MarkMail.

Similarly, there are a number of help forums for XQuery: for details see the XQuery home page at The most active is talk at

If you have questions specific to Saxon you can usually get an answer by raising them on the Saxon help list at You will need to register.

The preferred place for Saxon-specific questions and bug reports is the bug database and forum on the Saxonica community site at This is also where you can search for details of known bugs. Saxonica monitors these forums and tries to manage issues through to closure (though again, without any contractual commitment or guarantees).