Batik and FOP devs, things have been quiet but I finally know the reason. The board hasn't approved the creation of the XML Graphics project due to the following concern: They didn't recognize any names on the PMC list. It seems they want at least one Apache member or an otherwise very visible and active Apache committer on the PMC. Obviously, none of the proposed PMC members fit that pattern. That's why I've asked around for such candidates.
The obvious choice would have been Vincent Hardy who has to decline, unfortunately. So I asked Bertrand Delacrétaz and Keiron Liddle, both Apache members, if they would be willing to join the XML Graphics PMC to keep an eye on things and to address the board's concerns. Bertrand is primarily a Cocoon developer but FOP people know him as the FOP committer who brought his JFOR (FO to RTF converter) project into FOP. Unfortunately, he's pretty much inactive code-wise but I know he's still monitoring the FOP mailing list. Since Cocoon is a big FOP customer, Bertrand would be a good binding entity between the two projects. I've met him at lots.ch earlier this year and all I can say is that he's a very nice guy. He said, he would be glad to help. Keiron replied to me today. He said he would definitely be glad to help. Many Batik and FOP people will know Keiron well from his active coding days. He knows both projects very well so he can surely be helpful with any high-level problems that may come up. We probably can't count on him doing any coding work, although if that changes we will surely be very happy. He told me he's sick at the moment, so I only have a short statement from him. So we will probably hear some more of him. Keiron, I hope you get well quickly! Does anyone of the Batik and FOP committers have an objection against inviting Bertrand and Keiron into the XML Graphics PMC? If one of the two would like to take the chair position I'd gladly restart a vote on that part. We will not be able to resend the project request in time for this month's board meeting so I'm targeting the next one. Until then, I'd like to have everything sorted out again, so we can finally go forward with this. Jeremias Maerki