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From Tetsuya Kitahata <tets...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Top level project
Date Fri, 04 Jul 2003 01:06:23 GMT

Gaining FOP and making poi/fop under the umbrella of formats.apache.org
would be a smart idea.

I know there are *A LOT* concerns about PDF, XML, Java, MS-****.
From a marketing point of view, I know there are many users who
can not choose the right way to deal with the MS-**/PDF formats.

Google is genius..


-- Tetsuya (tetsuya@apache.org)


On Thu, 03 Jul 2003 16:29:04 -0400
(Subject: Top level project)
"Andrew C. Oliver" <acoliver@apache.org> wrote:

> After talking with someone about something I've been thinking about a top
> level project....
> formats.apache.org for file formats.
> POI (and maybe TNEF) would be the first code base of course.  I want POI to
> keep a tight focus that¹s what has let it succeed.  However, there is a need
> for other formats.
> There's of course some overlap with FOP, but I don't see that as a problem.
> We're not XML-centric.  The idea would be to give us a platform for allowing
> other folks to contribute other formats.
> I can even see a general API emerging based on POI:
> 1. Archive -> abstract whether things are GZIPPED, ZIPPED or OLE2CDF'd
> 2. Workbook -> abstract whether things are Excel, Lotus, OpenOffice, etc
> 3. Document ...
> However, I'd rather see these things take place At Apache but Outside of
> POI.  Such that common APIs for similar file formats evolve.  XML interfaces
> can be created for FOP/others wherever it makes sense to do so...
> Thoughts?
> -Andy
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Tetsuya Kitahata --  Terra-International, Inc.
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