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From Glenn Adams <gl...@skynav.com>
Subject Re: Switching to Java 1.5
Date Wed, 20 Oct 2010 19:34:11 GMT
Any particular reason to stop at 1.5? Why not proceed to 1.6?

G.

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:53 AM, Vincent Hennebert <vhennebert@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
>
> The topic has already been mentioned several times in the past, at least
> in the FOP area. The latest discussion we had was in August 2009:
> http://markmail.org/message/y7iwptehnzujcuxm
> It was decided then to release FOP 1.0 with Java 1.4 support, and do
> a user community poll shortly afterwards.
>
> More than a year has passed now and I’d like to re-visit that topic,
> with two modifications:
> • make the decision at the project level. Homogenizing things a bit
>  wouldn’t hurt IMO. Specifically, Commons and FOP Trunk would switch to
>  1.5 now, Batik would switch after the 1.8 release (which is about to
>  happen IIUC).
> • I’m not sure that a poll still is necessary. It’s been almost 2 years
>  now that Java 1.4 has reached end of life. We are in the same
>  situation as when we dropped support for Java 1.3.
>
> Moreover, I think sticking to 1.4 is a growing impediment to the
> development of the project. Simon ran into trouble when releasing 1.0:
> http://markmail.org/message/ivlwk2dcmuk25woy
> Proper internationalization can only be achieved starting from 1.5:
> http://markmail.org/message/6n2w5tefarqp76iv
> We recently upgraded Checkstyle to version 5.1 in FOP and that requires
> Java 1.5.
>
> Using retroweaving tools is doable but adds complexity to the build and
> is a hassle that I don’t think we can live with due to our limited
> resources.
>
> I think it’s time to move on. If anybody really feels that a user poll
> still is necessary, please speak up now. Otherwise, just wait a few days
> that I launch an official vote on this.
>
> Thanks,
> Vincent
>
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