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From Vincent Hennebert <vhenneb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Releasing XGC, Batik and FOP
Date Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:15:40 GMT
Hi Chris,

On 23/07/14 10:06, Chris Bowditch wrote:
> Hi Vincent,
> On 17/07/2014 12:59, Vincent Hennebert wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> (Moving to general@ as not only FOP is involved.)
>> I should be able to spare some cycles over the next few weeks to do
>> a release of XGC, Batik and FOP. The new versions would be:
>> • XGC 1.6
>> • Batik 1.8
>> • FOP 2.0
>> The minimum supported JRE for all projects would be 1.5.
> I thought in previous discussions the PMC approved the upgrade to Java 6? I'm
> not sure if anyone has committed any 1.6 specific changes between now and
> then, but if they have then a final release based on 1.5 won't be possible.

Yes, it’s agreed that 1.6 features can now be introduced to trunk. But
IIC that hasn’t happened yet. So if I am able to build the release with
a 1.5 JDK, I might as well do so. Otherwise we’ll just increase the
minimum requirement in the release announcement.

>> Here’s my view: Branches would be created from the trunks as of now
>> + whatever has been committed at the time they are created. That means
>> that no existing issue would be required to be solved first (and that
>> all of the open FOP issues currently rated as blocker and critical can
>> be downgraded to major).
>> If anybody thinks that some issues/features ought to be fixed/integrated
>> in one of the projects before the releases, please mention it now so
>> that we can discuss it. At any rate I won’t start anything before Wed
>> 30th July.
> Which version of pdfbox will users of font merging feature or pdf-plugin be
> expected to use? My understanding is that its a 2.0 snapshot currently, so we
> might need to wait until PDFbox release that version, before doing the release.

AFAIU FOP only depends on FontBox 1.8.5, so it can be released now. If
users want to use the PDF Images plug-in, then that’s another story.
They would have to use a snapshot version of FontBox instead, as well as
the plug-in for that matter.

But since that plug-in has never been released, and is not documented on
the website, I doubt that there are many people outside of the core
developer group who are using it.

FOP doesn’t depend on the plug-in to deliver its core functionality
anyway, so it can be released independently.

We could (should) talk about creating a release and a website for the
plug-in. If the code before the FontMerging change still is compatible
with FOP’s current trunk, then it would have only released dependencies
and we could deliver a version that would remain compatible with FOP
2.0. But I’m not sure I’ll have the time to do all the checks and the


>> Any comment, suggestion?
>> Thanks,
>> Vincent
> Thanks,
> Chris

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