At work here, we jumped from 1.4.2 to 6 a .couple of years ago. We use Java 6 for all new products. We have older product versions that are still supported that run on 1.4.2 which we update for bug fixes. We are constantly encouraging our users to upgrade products to current versions which do require Java 6.


So you can jump to Java 6 from my POV


Gary Gregory

Senior Software Engineer

Seagull Software





From: Michael Glavassevich []
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 08:36
Subject: [POLL]: Dropping JDK 1.3 support for Xerces-J?


Hi all,

(including on the cc list to hopefully reach a wider audience)

We're talking again on the Xerces j-dev mailing list about dropping support for JDK 1.3. The reason being that current builds of the XPath 2.0 processor (Eclipse PsychoPath) used by the XML Schema 1.1 implementation require JDK 1.4. While we do have a one-off PsychoPath jar that was built with JDK 1.3 some time ago, in order to pick up recent bug fixes in this library we need to refresh it with the JDK 1.4 version. This would only impact the XML Schema 1.1 enabled release for now but at some point in the future when XML Schema 1.1 becomes stable (both spec and impl) this would get merged into the main line.

Given the age of JDK 1.3 and that it's generally out of service my intuition is that this upgrade would probably be okay but wanted to check with users on their needs. Is there anyone out there still using Xerces-J with JDK 1.3? If you are, how long into the future will you continue to do so, and would you be willing to migrate to JDK 1.4 (or higher) to be able to use XML Schema 1.1?


Michael Glavassevich
XML Parser Development
IBM Toronto Lab