Dr. Dave Searle

Personal Information

I am married to Julia, with two cats. My interests include: railways (researching and modelling); photography; music (listening and playing); family history; and reading.

In my spare time I have created some other web sites:

  • Searle (Isle of Wight) family history. Some information I have collected while researching my family's history.
  • The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR). An expanding site aiming to provide details of this historic railway to researchers and modellers.
  • 5 & 9 Models. Run by enthusiast Chris Cox, he aims to provide simple kits for models of very early railway prototypes (original mainly LB&SCR). It derives its name from the old Bingo call: “5 & 9, the Brighton Line”.

I am a member of Ruxley Church; Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club; the Brighton Circle

I play in a couple of music groups, including a barn dance band called Ouch!

Contact Details

I live in Epsom in Surrey in the UK.


I am currently working for Mekon Ltd., as a Senior Consultant. I specialise in:

  • XML, XSLT/XSL-FO development
  • DITA Open Toolkit development
  • Structured FrameMaker development
  • Frame Developer's Kit (FDK) and XML API development

Previous employers include:

  • Adobe Systems Europe Ltd. (Supporting developers of Adobe FrameMaker+SGML, SGML & API applications);
  • Program Products Ltd. (Technical support coordination);
  • InterEurope Technical Services Ltd. (SGML & Adobe FrameMaker+SGML consultant);
  • Datazone Ltd. (SGML, Adobe FrameMaker & Unix technical support);
  • British Gas plc. (Development of programs to calculate gas properties)


Temperature Compensation of Surface Acoustic Waves on Berlinite. Ph.D. thesis (Bedford College, London University, 1981).