it's ok if you make other people aware of your project but the way you
did that in your last post disturbs me. We know that you disagree with
FOP's approach, but I would have preferred a more constructive form of
making Mark aware of Defoe. Maybe I'm overreacting...
On 17.01.2005 06:01:27 Peter B. West wrote:
> Project Defoe <http://defoe.sourceforge.net/>, formerly Fop alt-design,
> is focussed on a Java 2D renderer, robust and complete. By complete I
> mean, in particular, able to correctly handle last-page, keeps, table
> auto-layout and large files. Don't make the mistake of thinking that,
> because FOP has been around for a long time, it is only the place to be
> for open source XSL-FO development. Rather, ask why, if it has been
> around for such a long time, these problems haven't been solved. Don't
> make the mistake of thinking that all software problems are solved by
> simply applying more resources.
> Having said that, let me add that the project seems to have found its
> shepherd, in the form of Finn Bock. Many of the long-standing
> innovations of alt-design in the property handling have at last been
> introduced by Finn, who has the happy knack of being able to completely
> rewrite large chunks of FOP by applying a wide-ranging but complete set
> of changes. He may well solve FOP's remaining critical problems in the
> same way.
> The point is, that FOP needs a major design overhaul. I'm doing that at
> Defoe, and Finn is doing it, piecemeal, at FOP. His focus though is not
> on Java 2D, and getting a "complete and robust" implementation of the 2D
> renderer will depend on Finn's new design. If you want to know more
> about where FOP is headed, ask Finn.
> Defoe is Java 5.0 based. If that doesn't work for you, don't bother
> with Defoe. Otherwise, if you are interested in avenues for your XSL-FO
> development efforts, I am happy to talk to you.