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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject [vote] Accepting donated POI serializers/generators
Date Wed, 09 Jan 2002 19:50:55 GMT

POI is a java library to read/write the M$ Office format.

You can read more at the current home of the effort:

I believe that being able to read/write (say generate/serialize in
Cocoon-ese) excel and word formats will be a *major* advantage of
Cocoon, expecially for my future goal of a full KMS system.

Using Word and Excel as editors for an native XML system will be, IMO,
*extremely* cool and would allow shops and offices to start moving their
legacy docs into the system without requiring commercial solutions.

POI has been proposed to donation to If
approuved will become a general java library since there is nothing
XML-related about it.

At the same time, the POI project contains some cocoon-specific code
that they would like to donate to us.

In order to accept the donation, we must vote.

Note: the donation will take place even if POI is not accepted under
Jakarta. In that case, Cocoon will ship POI as an external library (no
license problems since the entire thing is based on the apache license).

They already separated the cocoon-specific code into a package in order
to simplify the donation. They also would like to continue its
development since they believe that Cocoon will be one of the best
'users' of their library.

So, please, place your vote on the question below:

Would you like the cocoon-specific POI code to be hosted in the Cocoon
CVS and shipped with the next distribution (along with the POI library
in the /lib directory)?


Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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