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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "ODFToolkitProposal" by Daisy Guo
Date Mon, 08 Aug 2011 02:43:35 GMT
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  = The ODF Toolkit =
+ == Abstract ==
+ The ODF Toolkit is a set of Java modules that allow programmatic creation, scanning and
manipulation of OpenDocument Format (ISO/IEC 26300 == ODF) documents. Unlike other approaches
which rely on runtime manipulation of heavy-weight editors via an automation interface, the
ODF Toolkit is lightweight and ideal for server use.
  
- == Abstract ==
- 
- The ODF Toolkit is a set of Java modules that allow programmatic
- creation, scanning and manipulation of OpenDocument Format (ISO/IEC
- 26300 == ODF) documents. Unlike other approaches which rely on runtime
- manipulation of heavy-weight editors via an automation interface, the
- ODF Toolkit is lightweight and ideal for server use.
- 
- The ODF Toolkit is currently hosted by the ODF Toolkit Union and is
+ The ODF Toolkit is currently hosted by the ODF Toolkit Union and is licensed under the Apache
2.0 license.
- licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.
  
  == Proposal ==
+ To move the following components from the ODF Toolkit Union to a single "ODF Toolkit" project
at Apache:
  
+  * Simple Java API for ODF: http://simple.odftoolkit.org/
- To move the following components from the ODF Toolkit Union to a
- single "ODF Toolkit" project at Apache:
  
-  *Simple Java API for ODF: http://simple.odftoolkit.org/
+  * ODFDOM: http://odftoolkit.org/projects/odfdom/pages/Home
  
-  *ODFDOM: http://odftoolkit.org/projects/odfdom/pages/Home
+  * ODF Conformance Tools: http://odftoolkit.org/projects/conformancetools/pages/Home
  
-  *ODF Conformance Tools: http://odftoolkit.org/projects/conformancetools/pages/Home
+ (We'd be open as well to a catchier name.  We've been calling it "The ODF Toolkit", prefaced
always with "The".  Or individually by component name.  But "The Apache ODF Toolkit" or "Apache
ODF Toolkit" are ponderous.)
  
+ In addition to migrating the code, we would migrate the website, tutorials, samples, Bugzilla
data, and (if feasible) the mailing list archives.  We would also seek to transfer the odftoolkit.org
domain name to Apache.
- (We'd be open as well to a catchier name.  We've been calling it "The
- ODF Toolkit", prefaced always with "The".  Or individually by
- component name.  But "The Apache ODF Toolkit" or "Apache ODF Toolkit"
- are ponderous.)
  
+ While under incubation we will merge these projects into a single SDK with three layers:
- In addition to migrating the code, we would migrate the website,
- tutorials, samples, Bugzilla data, and (if feasible) the mailing list
- archives.  We would also seek to transfer the odftoolkit.org domain
- name to Apache.
  
- While under incubation we will merge these projects into a single SDK
- with three layers:
- 
-  *Package layer, representing the ZIP + Manifest container file of an ODF document.  This
structure is shared by other document formats, such as EPUB
+  * Package layer, representing the ZIP + Manifest container file of an ODF document.  This
structure is shared by other document formats, such as EPUB
-  *DOM Layer, a schema-generated layer that maps 1:1 with the ODF schema.  This uses Apache
Velocity as the templating engine.
+  * DOM Layer, a schema-generated layer that maps 1:1 with the ODF schema.  This uses Apache
Velocity as the templating engine.
-  *Convenience layer: an intuitive, high level API for use by app developers who are not
familiar with ODF XML, but who have basic knowledge at the level of a word processor user.
+  * Convenience layer: an intuitive, high level API for use by app developers who are not
familiar with ODF XML, but who have basic knowledge at the level of a word processor user.
  
  == Background ==
+ The ODF Toolkit Union was jointly announced by Sun and IBM at the OpenOffice.org Conference
in Beijing, November 2008. The idea was to create a portfolio of tools aimed at accelerating
the growth of document-centric solutions. The Open Document Format specification is large
and complex. Most developers simply do not have the time and energy to master the 1,000-page
specification  By providing programming libraries, with high level APIs, the ODF Toolkit offers
an means to reduce the difficulty level, and encourage development of innovative document
solutions.
- The ODF Toolkit Union was jointly announced by Sun and IBM at the
- OpenOffice.org Conference in Beijing, November 2008. The idea was to
- create a portfolio of tools aimed at accelerating the growth of
- document-centric solutions. The Open Document Format specification is
- large and complex. Most developers simply do not have the time and
- energy to master the 1,000-page specification  By providing
- programming libraries, with high level APIs, the ODF Toolkit offers an
- means to reduce the difficulty level, and encourage development of
- innovative document solutions.
  
  == Rationale ==
+ During the recent OpenOffice incubation proposal discussions, the mention of possible moving
the ODF Toolkit to Apache was met with enthusiasm.
  
+ Apache is emerging as the leading open source community for document related projects. 
The ODF Toolkit would have a good deal of synergy with other Apache projects, including the
ODF Toolkit's dependency on Apache XML tools like Xerces, to possible multi-format applications
with POI libraries to pipelining ODF with SVG and PDF rendering with Batik, FOP or  PDFBox.
 Getting these various document processing libraries in one place, under a compatible permissive
license would be of great value and service to users-developers interested in combining these
tools for their specific project requirements.
- During the recent OpenOffice incubation proposal discussions, the
- mention of possible moving the ODF Toolkit to Apache was met with
- enthusiasm.
  
+ Last, but not least,  there is obvious synergy with Apache OpenOffice, as a prominent office
suite supporting the ODF format.
- Apache is emerging as the leading open source community for document
- related projects.  The ODF Toolkit would have a good deal of synergy
- with other Apache projects, including the ODF Toolkit's dependency on
- Apache XML tools like Xerces, to possible multi-format applications
- with POI libraries to pipelining ODF with SVG and PDF rendering with
- Batik, FOP or  PDFBox.  Getting these various document processing
- libraries in one place, under a compatible permissive license would be
- of great value and service to users-developers interested in combining
- these tools for their specific project requirements.
  
- Last, but not least,  there is obvious synergy with Apache OpenOffice,
- as a prominent office suite supporting the ODF format.
- 
- The ODF Toolkit is already licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0,
+ The ODF Toolkit is already licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0, enabling a smooth
transition.
- enabling a smooth transition.
  
  = Current Status =
  == Meritocracy ==
+ We understand the intention and value of meritocracy at Apache.  The initial committers
are familiar with open source development.  A diverse developer community is regarded as necessary
for a healthy, stable, long term ODF Toolkit project.
- We understand the intention and value of meritocracy at Apache.  The
- initial committers are familiar with open source development.  A
- diverse developer community is regarded as necessary for a healthy,
- stable, long term ODF Toolkit project.
  
  == Community ==
+ The ODF Toolkit is developed by a small set of core developers, though the community extends
to include a broad set of application developers who use the code and contribute bug reports,
patches and feature requests.
  
+ Although there are some open source projects that use these components directly, such Apache
Directory Studio and GNU Octave,  to support ODF import/export, it is more typical for these
kinds of libraries to be used by application developers in small, ad-hoc document automation
and data wrangling applications.
- The ODF Toolkit is developed by a small set of core developers, though
- the community extends to include a broad set of application developers
- who use the code and contribute bug reports, patches and feature
- requests.
- 
- Although there are some open source projects that use these components
- directly, such Apache Directory Studio and GNU Octave,  to support ODF
- import/export, it is more typical for these kinds of libraries to be
- used by application developers in small, ad-hoc document automation
- and data wrangling applications.
- 
  
  == Core Developers ==
+ The coders on the existing ODF Toolkit will comprise the initial committers on the Apache
project.  These committers have varying degrees of experience with Apache-style open source
development, ranging from none to being committers on other Apache projects..
- The coders on the existing ODF Toolkit will comprise the initial
- committers on the Apache project.  These committers have varying
- degrees of experience with Apache-style open source development,
- ranging from none to being committers on other Apache projects..
  
  == Alignment ==
+ Along with the technical synergies described earlier, Apache aligns well due to its license
and emphasis on meritocracy.
- Along with the technical synergies described earlier, Apache aligns
- well due to its license and emphasis on meritocracy.
  
  = Known Risks =
  == Orphaned products ==
+ The risk, as in most projects, is to grow the project and maintain diversity.  This is a
priority that is keenly desired by the community.
- 
- The risk, as in most projects, is to grow the project and maintain
- diversity.  This is a priority that is keenly desired by the
- community.
  
  == Inexperience with Open Source ==
+ The initial developers include experienced open source developers, including committers
from other Apache projects. Although the majority of proposed committers do not have Apache
experience, they do have open source experience.
- The initial developers include experienced open source developers,
- including committers from other Apache projects. Although the majority
- of proposed committers do not have Apache experience, they do have
- open source experience.
  
  == Homogeneous Developers ==
+ The ODF Toolkit Union was created by IBM and Sun (later Oracle) who provided the majority
of its engineering resources as well as its direction. Moving this project to Apache enables
a new start.  We intend to engage in strong recruitment efforts in order to further strengthen
and diversify the community.
- The ODF Toolkit Union was created by IBM and Sun (later Oracle) who
- provided the majority of its engineering resources as well as its
- direction. Moving this project to Apache enables a new start.  We
- intend to engage in strong recruitment efforts in order to further
- strengthen and diversify the community.
- 
  
  == Reliance on Salaried Developers ==
+ When we look at sponsored developers, with the ability to work on this project full time,
IBM currently has more committers.  We believe that this situation will change, as the project
grows in incubation.
- When we look at sponsored developers, with the ability to work on this
- project full time, IBM currently has more committers.  We believe that
- this situation will change, as the project grows in incubation.
  
  == Relationships with Other Apache Products ==
- Several potential areas for collaboration with other Apache projects
+ Several potential areas for collaboration with other Apache projects have been suggested,
including:
- have been suggested, including:
  
- [[http://poi.apache.org|Apache POI]] which is similar library, focused
+ [[http://poi.apache.org|Apache POI]] which is similar library, focused on Microsoft Office
format documents
- on Microsoft Office format documents
  
+ [[http://tika.apache.org/|Apache Tika]] is a generic toolkit for extracting text and metadata
from various file formats.
- [[http://tika.apache.org/|Apache Tika]] is a generic toolkit for
- extracting text and metadata from various file formats.
  
+ [[http://pdfbox.apache.org/|Apache PDFBox]] is a Java library for working with PDF documents.
If not direct code sharing over the Java / C++ divide, then at least sharing of PDF know-how
and perhaps things like test cases between these projects would be great.
- [[http://pdfbox.apache.org/|Apache PDFBox]] is a Java library for
- working with PDF documents. If not direct code sharing over the Java /
- C++ divide, then at least sharing of PDF know-how and perhaps things
- like test cases between these projects would be great.
  
  We are interested in further exploring these options.
  
  == A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==
+ Our primary interest is in the processes, systems, and framework Apache has put in place
around open source software development more than any fascination with the brand.
- 
- Our primary interest is in the processes, systems, and framework
- Apache has put in place around open source software development more
- than any fascination with the brand.
  
  == Documentation ==
- 
- There is documentation for the Simple Java API for ODF project,
+ There is documentation for the Simple Java API for ODF project, including a Cookbook, and
JavaDoc:
- including a Cookbook, and JavaDoc:
  
  http://simple.odftoolkit.org/cookbook/
  
  http://simple.odftoolkit.org/javadoc/index.html
  
+ For the ODFDOM, there is a good overview documenting the project here: http://odftoolkit.org/projects/odfdom/pages/ProjectOverview
- For the ODFDOM, there is a good overview documenting the project here:
- http://odftoolkit.org/projects/odfdom/pages/ProjectOverview
  
+ A 3rd party introductory tutorial here: http://www.langintro.com/odfdom_tutorials/
- A 3rd party introductory tutorial here:
- http://www.langintro.com/odfdom_tutorials/
  
  == Initial Source ==
- 
- Will come from the ODF Toolkit Union, the latest stable source, plus
+ Will come from the ODF Toolkit Union, the latest stable source, plus any work in-progress
- any work in-progress
  
  == External Dependencies ==
+ We do not believe that we have any external dependencies other than Apache Xerces, Xalan,
Velocity (a build-time dependency), Java 6 and the ODF schemas (also a build-time dependency)
- 
- We do not believe that we have any external dependencies other than
- Apache Xerces, Xalan, Velocity (a build-time dependency), Java 6 and
- the ODF schemas (also a build-time dependency)
  
  == Cryptography ==
+ We are currently working on adding support for digital signatures and encryption of documents.
The project will complete any needed export control paperwork related to these features.
  
- We are currently working on adding support for digital signatures and
- encryption of documents. The project will complete any needed export
- control paperwork related to these features.
-  
  == Required Resources ==
- 
  The following mailing lists:
  
   * `odf-dev@incubator.apache.org` - for developer discussions
@@ -199, +111 @@

   * `odf-private@incubator.apache.org` - for PPMC issues, but only where privacy is required
  
  === Other resources ===
- 
  A source code repository, preferable git
  
  An issue tracker
@@ -209, +120 @@

  A website
  
  == Initial Committers ==
- 
-  
- 
  ||'''Name''' ||'''Email''' ||'''Affiliation''' ||'''iCLA''' ||
- ||Rob Weir||robweir at apache dot org ||IBM || yes ||
+ ||Rob Weir ||robweir at apache dot org ||IBM ||yes ||
- ||Biao Han (Devin) || hanbiao at cn dot ibm dot com || IBM || ||
+ ||Biao Han (Devin) ||hanbiao at cn dot ibm dot com ||IBM ||yes||
- ||Svante Schubert ||svante dot schubert at gmail dot com ||Individual ||  ||
+ ||Svante Schubert ||svante dot schubert at gmail dot com ||Individual || ||
- ||Ying Chun Guo (Daisy) || guoyingc at cn dot ibm dot com || IBM || ||
+ ||Ying Chun Guo (Daisy) ||guoyingc at cn dot ibm dot com ||IBM ||yes||
- ||Don Harbison ||dpharbison at apache dot org || IBM ||yes ||
+ ||Don Harbison ||dpharbison at apache dot org ||IBM ||yes ||
- ||Andy Brown || andy at the-martin-byrd.net || Individual || yes ||
+ ||Andy Brown ||andy at the-martin-byrd.net ||Individual ||yes ||
- ||Dave Fisher || wave at apache dot org || Individual || yes ||
+ ||Dave Fisher ||wave at apache dot org ||Individual ||yes ||
- ||Juergen Schmidt || jsc at apache dot org || Individual || yes ||
+ ||Juergen Schmidt ||jsc at apache dot org ||Individual ||yes ||
  
  
  == Sponsors ==
- 
  === Champion ===
  Sam Ruby
  
@@ -233, +140 @@

   * Yegor Kozlov
  
  === Sponsoring Entity ===
- 
  The Apache Incubator
  

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