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From Jacob Kjome <>
Subject Re: please update the next release of Ant 1.7 to Xerces 2.9.0
Date Wed, 20 Dec 2006 05:57:19 GMT

Since this missed the 1.7.0 release, here's a friendly reminder to 
put it on the agenda for the 1.7.1 release.  I'm a little curious why 
this didn't make it?  It fixed a lot of bugs and finally included a 
proper official release of xml-commons-external (xml-apis-1.3.04.jar) 
and included much improved (and shared) serializer code, in 
serializer.jar, maintained by the Xalan team, not to mention the new 
xml-commons-resolver release.  There's a lot to love, but not enough 
to get included in Ant-1.7.0, I guess.


At 11:13 AM 12/5/2006, you wrote:
 >Here's the official Xerces statement on JDK1.2 compatibility...
 ><quote name="Michael Glavassevich">
 >They're supposed to be compatible with JDK 1.2 however no one has tested
 >that so I can't say whether they actually are. The same is true for all of
 >the previous releases starting from Xerces 2.6.0. These were only built
 >and tested with JDK 1.3 and above (though we only distribute the jars
 >built with 1.3).
 >The fact that Xerces is built using IBM JDK1.3 means instant 
compatibility with
 >1.2 unless 1.3-specific APIs are used, no?  They don't use -target or -source
 >flags for their <xjavac> extension of <javac> in the build file, but that
 >shouldn't matter since, according to the Ant docs, -target defaults 
to 1.1 (for
 >JDKs 1.1 through 1.3) and -source is ignored previous to JDK1.4.
 >BTW, who is the Ant build manager?  I think there's enough information
 >to make a
 >final decision on including XercesImpl-2.9.0.jar and 
xml-apis-1.3.04.jar (and I
 >recommend including serializer.jar, which is the new shared 
serializer between
 >Xerces-2.9.0 and Xalan).
 >BTW, the deployment of Xerces-2.9.0 to the maven repository is being actively
 >worked on as we speak by Nathan Beyer.  Can't say for sure when it 
will be out
 >there, but it should be soon.
 >Quoting Stefan Bodewig <>:
 >> On Tue, 05 Dec 2006, James Abley <> wrote:
 >> > <javac source="1.2" target="1.2"
 >> >
 >> > That works for me, although I noticed something slightly surprising
 >> > when I compiled using a 1.4 and 1.5 JDK.
 >> >
 >> >     [javac] '-source'
 >> >     [javac] '1.3'
 >> Ant magically upgraded the -source switch to 1.3 since most JDKs don't
 >> support -source 1.2 at all.  And for those that do (1.4.2 does while
 >> 1.5.0 doesn't IIRC) it doesn't make any difference since anything
 >> below 1.4 is "the same" as far as -source is concerned.
 >> Stefan
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