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From Simon Pepping <spepp...@leverkruid.eu>
Subject Re: Minimum J2SE requirements for XML Graphics
Date Mon, 09 Oct 2006 14:11:18 GMT
I am in favour of setting the minimum J2SE to 1.4 after the 0.93
release.

Simon

On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 11:58:27AM +0200, Jeremias Maerki wrote:
> Last week on the Cocoon GetTogether we discussed J2SE requirements for
> FOP. I brought it up because the end-of-life phase for J2SE 1.3.1 ends
> soon, probably this month. See:
> http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/download.html
> 
> There was an argument on Cocoon-dev which gave me a new view on the
> topic:
> http://www.nabble.com/-Vote--Java-5-as-minimum-JDK-requirement-tf2072590.html#a5718669
> http://www.nabble.com/-poll--Java-5-as-minimum-requirement-for-Cocoon-2.2-tf2083663.html
> 
> In short, the argument was made that a company who is still on J2SE
> 1.3.1 would probably not upgrade their system and still stay on 1.3.1 so
> they also don't need any new XML Graphics releases on 1.3.1. Applying
> this and the fact that Sun will drop normal support for J2SE 1.3.1 by
> the end of October (if J2SE 6.0 is delivered on time), we can probably
> safely up our minimum requirements to 1.4.2, making our lives a little
> easier for releases after the EOL of J2SE 1.3.1.
> 
> I send this here because for Batik and Commons the same question can be
> raised. Thomas indicated himself that it becomes increasingly difficult
> to keep everything compatible with J2SE 1.3. And my impression is the
> same.
> 
> My proposal would be to do this: Poll the FOP and Batik user communities
> again for the necessity to still support new releases on J2SE 1.3
> specifically asking why people are still on 1.3 but having the need to
> upgrade their FOP and/or Batik installation. I'd then propose to release
> Commons 1.1 and FOP 0.93 still with support for J2SE 1.3 but setting the
> minimum J2SE to 1.4 after that. Batik could already do this for the next
> release as this will still take a while to finish I think.
> 
> Thoughts?
> 
> Jeremias Maerki
> 
> 
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Simon Pepping
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