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From Jeremias Maerki <jerem...@apache.org>
Subject [REPORT] Apache XML Graphics
Date Fri, 15 Feb 2008 08:44:08 GMT
Apache XML Graphics Board Report February 2008

General Comments

There are no project-level issues. The project continues to live off a 
relatively small set of active committers. The PMC chair is a little 
concerned about the number of active committers in the Batik area. The 
1.7 release was basically performed by a single committer. However, 
oversight is still guaranteed. User activity is steady and support is 
working.

The whole project has now dropped support for Java 1.3 and requires 
Java 1.4 after the release of Batik 1.7. We're looking towards other 
projects to find long-term, joint solutions for PDF generation, font 
and metadata handling (most notably PDFBox and Tika).

XML Graphics Commons

A redesign of the image loading code in FOP resulted in a new image 
loading framework in Commons. It is highly extensible and supports 
loading all sorts of images (bitmap, vector) and converting them to a 
format supported by the consumer. Besides that, smaller bugfixes 
happened, as well as a few improvements for the XMP metadata handling 
code.

Batik

Version 1.7 was released. An XML editor component with syntax 
highlighting was donated and integrated. But the release preparations 
(bugfixing, documentation etc.) dominated the whole last reporting 
period. Besides that the development front is relatively quiet 
especially since the release.

FOP

The most notable changes in the last three months were: improvements 
and bugfixes for tables, the integration of a new image loading 
framework, various small improvement with font handling. Besides that 
the usual bugfix or feature here and there. Things currently underway 
are improved page layout, GOCA support (Java2D paintings) for AFP 
output and a processing feedback mechanism. The next release (0.95) is 
targeted for the end of February or beginning of March. 


Jeremias Maerki


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