should FOP require JDK1.2.x?

Michael Champion michael_champion at
Sun Sep 19 23:10:59 BST 1999

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To: James Tauber <jtauber at>
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Sent: Sunday, September 19, 1999 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: should FOP require JDK1.2.x?

> Not all platforms have stable 1.2 support yet, in fact the only two
> platforms that seem to be ok are Windows and Solaris, with Sun's JVM.
> What features do you need out of 1.2 that are compelling enough to require
> the move?  For both Swing and the collection classes, there are unbundled
> versions available for 1.1.
> On the other hand, if FOP is just targetting bleeding-edge users, it would
> make sense if you really need the 1.2 features.

I suspect that FOP is targeting users for the forseeable FUTURE; if there is
tangible in 1.2 that would make the spec cleaner and more powerful, I'd say
use it, even at the cost of some short-run inconvenience.

Today's bleeding edge is next year's plain old ordinary stuff, and the year
after that's
"legacy code".

Mike Champion

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