Ben Litchfield wrote:
I propose that classes in FOP's package be 'merged' into the PDFBox
library and FOP utilize PDFBox for PDF functionality.
I think we should do this for a variety of reasons;
-PDFBox & FOP benefit by gaining functionality
-PDFBox & FOP benefit by having a larger user base, which means code is
used more, tested more, contributed to more
-The entire community benefits by having higher quality PDF components
-There are several projects that currently take FOP output and perform
post processing with PDFBox, this could be optimized if FOP used PDFBox
as its core
-Future core PDF development efforts will no longer be duplicated
between these two projects
Thanks for coming forward with this proposal. It certainly looks like
both projects have a lot to gain from such a merge.
The one who really needs to comment on this proposal is Jeremias as he
had plans to take the PDF library out of FOP's code base and make it a
separate library in XML Graphics Commons project. It could be that when
we do this, we also merge with PDF Box Libraries.
I believe Jeremias is unwell at the moment, so he might not be able to
comment for a few days. Jeremias is also well versed in the ASF position
I wanted to gauge interest from FOP developers and start to think about
how we can make this work. What do you guys think?
In short its a good idea :)