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From Chris Bowditch <bowditch_ch...@hotmail.com>
Subject Re: PDFBox
Date Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:48:45 GMT
Hi Simon,

Yes I did argue against an upgrade to 1.6 for the reasons stated at that 
time, i.e. improved annotation support. However, nearly another year on, 
Java 8 has been out for a while and additional reasons to upgrade 
emerge, i.e. allow us to leverage PDFBox improvements. Therefore, I'm +1 
on going to 1.6.

However, I'm -1 on rushing to 7 or 8 for the reasons previously stated. 
FOP is a server process who user base will expect to run on a variety of 
different older operating systems including some mainframe systems, 
where upgrading Java requires the installation of many o/s patches. It 
can be very difficult to get approval to upgrade the o/s on such systems 
and therefore make it very difficult to move to newer versions of Java 
on such systems. So until they catch up a bit and there is a compelling 
reason to go to 7 or 8, I say moving to 1.6 for the imminent v2.0 
release is a good plan.

BTW, I think we should keep general@ in the loop as this decision has an 
impact on all the sub projects in XML Graphics umbrella



On 18/06/2014 14:20, Simon Steiner wrote:
> Hi,
> As part of the work on merging fonts in PDFs:
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FOP-2302
> I am using PDFBox 2.0 instead of 1.8 since that version has switched 
> from AWT to its own fontfile parser/renderer to give better support 
> for different fonts.
> This version requires Java 6 but FOP is currently supporting Java 5, 
> does Java 5 still need to be supported?
> Thanks

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