Source documents on the command line
When Saxon (either XSLT or XQuery) is invoked from the command line, the primary source will
normally be an XML document, and is supplied using the
-s option (for example,
-s:books.xml). Normally this will be XML 1.0: for XML 1.1, see XML 1.1.
If the primary source is JSON, use the
-json option (for example,
The command line argument is assumed to be a filename (interpreted relative to the current
directory) unless (a) it starts with
or (b) the
-u option is supplied. If either of these conditions is true, it is
interpreted as a URI, and is handled as described in Resolving URIs.
The current working directory is used as the base URI for resolving the location of the stylesheet or query unless otherwise
specified: this affects the interpretation of relative URIs contained within the stylesheet or
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.