should FOP require JDK1.2.x?

James Tauber jtauber at
Mon Sep 20 05:07:49 BST 1999

Thank you to everyone so far who has contributed suggestions both on the
list and directly to me. I hope people don't mind this discussion being on
the list. I figure it is of some relevance to a number of XML developers
(where *it* is the whole question of 1.2 vs 1.1, *not* the specific question
of what Fop should do :-)

> We could make a more concrete determination if James outlined the features
> he's looking to use in 1.2.

None in particular.

I have a couple of ideas though:

1. The collections framework. Although I could use that with 1.1 as a couple
of people have pointed out. My only concerns with that are:

    (a) for convenience for those that don't already have collections with
1.1 it would be better for me to include it with Fop
    (b) I might not be allowed to include it with Fop (I haven't checked the
    (c) if I do bundle it, I would have to include a distribution of Fop
without it for those people that already have it

2. Other libraries that require 1.2. For example, some of the stuff that I'd
like to do might be nice to try out with MDSAX2 but that requires 1.2

3. Java 2D / Printing. I'd like Fop to be able to print and display on
screen directly without PDF as well as with and Java 2D / Printing would be
the obvious way to do this. The modular nature of Fop would enable me to
perhaps distribute a separate 1.2 application to do this and leave the core
as 1.1

Incidently, from 0.10.0 I've been compiling with a 1.2.2 compiler but only
using 1.1 libraries. Does anyone know if this will still cause problems for
people using 1.1. (ie should I go back to using a 1.1 compiler).


James Tauber / jtauber at /
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