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From Jeremias Maerki <jerem...@apache.org>
Subject [REPORT] Apache XML Graphics - May 2009
Date Fri, 15 May 2009 16:22:01 GMT
General Comments

A serious conflict broke out between two major developers of FOP. The
focus of the conflict was code quality. One developer insists on more
effort to extract common behaviour and to add abstraction. He feels that
this will make the code easier to maintain, that these features are
currently lacking in FOP's code, and that this makes it hard for new
contributors to enter. The other developer feels that this will require
more time and effort than he can put into the code, and that the
requirements are too theoretical and not compatible with his way of
thinking about the implementation of new functionality. Examples of
discussions can be found in the archives of the fop-dev email list in
February and March. Initially the conflict was resolved by mediation of
another FOP developer. Unfortunately, the emotional damage was not
restored, and Jeremias Märki decided to step down as chairman of the XML
Graphics PMC and take a timeout from FOP. This is certainly a great loss
for the project.

Simon Pepping was elected by the PMC to be the successor. A resolution
for the change has been submitted to the board (see mail to board@).

XML Graphics Commons

No releases, no major changes, just a few improvements and fixes in
various components.

Batik

Same as last time: Not much going on. A little bugfixing and code
cleanup. Activity on the users mailing list seems stable. One
contributor is working through past issues in Bugzilla to make the
uncommitted patches in there more visible and to get another pair of
eyes on them.

FOP

The 1.0 beta release we discussed during the previous quarter hasn't
happened, yet.

Research for an improved approach at page breaking is making progress.

We've received a major patch from a contributor that adds Tagged PDF
support to Apache FOP. This has been processed and the code is available
in a development branch. After that support for PDF/A-1a has been added
based on this new functionality. The branch is largely ready to be
merged back but this hasn't happened, yet.

Besides that we've seen a steady stream of bugfixes and minor new
features, a small number of patches, too. The user mailing lists
activity seems steady. 


Jeremias Maerki


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