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From Pierre Delisle <pierre.deli...@sun.com>
Subject VOTE: JSR052 (JSP Standard Tag Library) RI
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2001 16:58:58 GMT

As many of you know, I am a committer on the jakarta-taglibs 
project and also happen to be a co-lead of the JSR052 Expert
Group (EG) (http://www.jcp.org/jsr/detail/52.jsp) that is 
currently working on specifying a standard tag library for the 
JSP specification.

The JSR052 EG has agreed to use the Open Source model for the 
development and distribution of the Reference Implementation
(RI) of the JSR052 specification (aka JSPTL).

There is no specification ready yet for JSR052.  However, rather than
having to wait until a specification is ready for public consumption
(Public Review is planned for November 2001), the 052 EG has agreed to
go with an Early Access (EA) program.  The goal of this EA program is
to keep the community informed of the EG's progress as well as to give
the community a chance to experiment with the standard tag library
early in the specification process so that valuable feedback can
quickly be channelled back to the Expert Group.

The JSR052 EG sees this as a great opportunity and would like to ask
the privilege to host its work within the jakarta-taglibs 

Until the 052 spec is made public, the plan is to host the early
access work within a taglib named "jsptl-ea". Once the spec 
is officially released for public review, the development
work would then migrate to a taglib called "jsptl".

A first code drop for the Early Access program is now ready
for integration within jakarta-taglibs. This first code drop 
includes the following functionality:
    - iterator tags
    - conditional tags
    - expression language support
    - two implementations of an expression language
         - SPEL (Simplest Possible Expression Language)
         - JPath
    - tag library validators

Shawn Bayern of the 052 EG is a committer to jakarta-taglibs
and is the JSPTL RI lead. Shawn, myself, as well as other members
of the EG will be monitoring the taglibs-user and taglibs-dev aliases 
to provide support as well as to gather feedback on this Early Acces 

Thanks for your consideration,

    -- Pierre

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