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From Chris Bowditch <bowditch_ch...@hotmail.com>
Subject Re: Volunteering to work on FOP development
Date Tue, 15 Sep 2009 08:06:21 GMT
Jonathan Levinson wrote:
> Hi,

Hi Jonathon,

> My management has asked me to volunteer to help fix FOP bugs and add FOP 
> enhancements.  I’m not yet familiar with FOP internals though I’ve read 
> your design documents.

Good news indeed. FOP is short on development resources. I take it you 
have read the FOP Coding Guidelines [1] and got SVN client and Java IDE 

> I work for InterSystems: www.intersystems.com 
> <http://www.intersystems.com> <http://www.intersystems.com> .  I’m 
> responsible for the InterSystems reporting engine: ZEN Reports.  ZEN 
> Reports generates XSLT to transform XML to XSL-FO and uses RenderX XEP, 
> FOP, and Antenna House for rendering engines.  
> I have to start somewhere and a question I have is this: what would be a 
> good “starter bug” or enhancement for me to work on?  Can anyone give me 
> any pointers on how to get started?

The trick for a newbie is to avoid the layout engine. Still there are 
plenty of bugs in the Renderers/Painters, FO Tree or Properties 
component. I had a quick flick through bugzilla and found [2] which may 
be an FOTree related issue and [3] which looks like a Properties bug

[1] http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/dev/conventions.html
[2] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=47835
[3] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=47709



> Thanks!
> Best Regards,
> Jonathan S. Levinson
> Senior Software Developer
> Object Group
> InterSystems
> 617-621-0600

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