Xerces-J is planning to have its first release  in over two years next week. So that Xerces-J 2.10.0 can pick-up the JAXP 1.4 APIs from XML Commons I propose that we release xml-commons-external-1.4.01 on Tuesday, December 15th and while we're at it also release xml-commons-external-1.2.06 and xml-commons-external-1.3.05 which have been in the queue for quite some time.
I've uploaded release candidates to people.apache.org  for review. The change summary is available in status.xml here  in SVN.
To start, here's my +1.
XML Parser Development
IBM Toronto Lab