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
Senior Software Engineer
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 08:36
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [POLL]: Dropping JDK 1.3 support for Xerces-J?
(including email@example.com 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?
XML Parser Development
IBM Toronto Lab