Possible to serialize stylesheetInternal?

Added by Richard Tweeddale over 2 years ago

I'm writing an XSLT service using SaxonJS, where one stylesheet may be used many times, across many different requests.

Looking at the documentation, it looks it would be most efficient to re-use the stylesheetInternal, that is returned as part of the result of SaxonJS.transform.

I was wondering if it is possible to serialize this stylesheetInternal so I can store it in a cache for later re-use? Or is it necessary to keep it in memory only?

I've tried both SaxonJS.serialize and JSON.stringify but neither of those work. SaxonJS.serialize just returns <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> and JSON.stringify complains about circular references.

Here's my code:

import fs from 'fs';
import { execSync } from 'child_process';
import SaxonJS from 'saxon-js';

const defaultXMLPath = 'input.html'
const defaultStylesheetPath = 'stylesheet2.xslt'
const defaultSEFPath = 'stylesheet.sef.json'

execSync(`xslt3 -t -xsl:${defaultStylesheetPath} -export:${defaultSEFPath} -nogo`)
let xmlInput = await SaxonJS.getResource({file: defaultXMLPath})

let transformResult = SaxonJS.transform({stylesheetFileName: defaultSEFPath, sourceText: xmlInput, destination: "raw"})
let xsltOutput =
let primedSef = transformResult.stylesheetInternal
console.log(`xsltOutput: ${xsltOutput}`)

// Check that primedSef works
let transformResult2 = SaxonJS.transform({stylesheetInternal: primedSef, sourceText: xmlInput, destination: "raw"})
let xsltOutput2 =
let primedSef2 = transformResult2.stylesheetInternal
console.log(`xsltOutput2: ${xsltOutput2}`)

// Serialize primedSef?
let serializedSef = SaxonJS.serialize(primedSef)
console.log(`serializedSef: ${serializedSef}`)

And the output:

Saxon-JS 2.1 from Saxonica 
Node.js version v14.16.1
Compiling stylesheet /xslt-service/stylesheet2.xslt
Stylesheet compilation time: 0.075s
Stylesheet exported to SEF file /xslt-service/stylesheet.sef.json
serializedSef: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Replies (2)

RE: Possible to serialize stylesheetInternal? - Added by Richard Tweeddale over 2 years ago

The flatted package ( seems to work, and gives the right result for the very very basic example I'm using. Hopefully I can trust it for more complicated XSLT and XML files.

RE: Possible to serialize stylesheetInternal? - Added by Michael Kay over 2 years ago

Thanks for that information: I was going to say no! The internal form of the stylesheet is a data structure that makes very heavy use of Javascript anonymous functions and closures, so I am pleasantly surprised that flatted can handle it.


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