Source Documents on the Command Line

When Saxon (either XSLT or XQuery) is invoked from the command line, the source document will normally be an XML 1.0 document. See also XML 1.1.

If a custom parser is specified using the -x option on the command line, then the source document can be in any format accepted by this custom parser. The parser must behave as a SAX2 parser, delivering a stream of events that define a virtual XML document. For example, the TagSoup parser can be used to feed an HTML document as input to Saxon.

Non-standard input formats can also be handled by specifying a user-written URIResolver (Java) or XmlResolver (C#). If the -u option is used on the command line, or if the source file name begins with http: or https: or file: or classpath:, then the source file name is resolved as follows: