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From "Schmidlin, Franck" <Franck.Schmid...@northgate-is.com>
Subject RE: Dropping JDK 1.2 support for Xerces-J (and possibly JDK 1.3? 1.4? in the future)
Date Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:35:20 GMT
 > a new infusion of activity and interest.

you betcha, most of us would be up in arms!

I personally am stuck on 1.4.2 for the foreseeable future.

So +1 to drop 1.2/3 support, but let's not get too drastic please.

Franck Schmidlin
Corporate Integration Consultant 
Northgate Public Services

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-----Original Message-----
From: nbeyer@gmail.com [mailto:nbeyer@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Nathan
Sent: 11 November 2008 02:25
To: j-users@xerces.apache.org
Cc: j-dev@xerces.apache.org; general@xml.apache.org
Subject: Re: Dropping JDK 1.2 support for Xerces-J (and possibly JDK
1.3? 1.4? in the future)


I'd suggest just jumping to Java 5 library, source and target
compilation. I think this would give the project a new infusion of
activity and interest.


On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 9:51 PM, Michael Glavassevich
<mrglavas@ca.ibm.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> (including general@xml.apache.org on the cc list to hopefully reach a 
> wider
> audience)
> I would like to propose that we officially drop support for JDK 1.2 in

> the next release of Xerces-J. Though the documentation [1] states that

> Xerces supports JDK 1.2 it has been years since we have built or 
> tested binaries with this level. All of the recent releases were built

> and tested with JDK 1.3. It was brought to my attention that the code 
> [2] since at least 2006 has had a dependency on APIs introduced in JDK

> 1.3. So we inadvertently moved on awhile ago. It seems this has not 
> been a practical issue for most users since we've received no posts on

> these lists about it and received no other bug reports. It's not clear

> that there would be much benefit in restoring JDK 1.2 compatibility at

> this point. It's been out of service for years and looking around 
> Apache it seems most projects run on JDK 1.4 or higher with some of
the stragglers [3][4] below that moving up soon.
> If you have serious concerns regarding Xerces abandoning JDK 1.2 
> support please send an email to the j-dev@xerces.apache.org mailing 
> list, specifying why you can't use a higher level of JDK and what 
> parser features you are using.
> While on the subject I wonder what the community would think of us 
> eventually dropping support for JDK 1.3 and possibly 1.4. There were 
> features introduced in JDK 1.4 and 5 which Xerces could benefit from
> NIO, java.lang.CharSequence, exception chaining, 
> java.lang.StringBuilder, java.util.concurrent.*, etc...). That's not 
> something I'm proposing today (or thinking of proposing for awhile) 
> but would like to hear feedback from users (please send to 
> j-dev@xerces.apache.org) who may still need new versions of Xerces 
> which run on JDK 1.3 and 1.4. It would also be nice hear from folks 
> who've long since moved on to Java 5 and beyond and would like to see
Xerces take advantage of JDK 1.4 and 5 features.
> Thanks.
> [1] http://xerces.apache.org/xerces2-j/faq-general.html#faq-11
> [2] http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/XERCESJ-1297
> [3] http://marc.info/?l=ant-dev&m=122596549809889&w=2
> [4] http://marc.info/?l=fop-user&m=119244442600564&w=2
> Michael Glavassevich
> XML Parser Development
> IBM Toronto Lab
> E-mail: mrglavas@ca.ibm.com
> E-mail: mrglavas@apache.org

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