A change log or "release notes" can be generated by Jira . For example, 
is the release notes for Apache PDFBox 1.7. Bug or issue titles (at least) tend
to be better, if it is known that the change log is generated by such a system.
Glenn wrote very good points. It will help the FOP community if everybody is
recording in BZ or Jira substantial changes, whether this is an existing
practice or not.
On Jul 13, 2012, at 6:08 PM, Vincent Hennebert wrote:
> We can decide to change that and use a bug tracking system instead, but
> in the same time we do that we will have to have in place a new
> mechanism to generate the changes  page. Also, we will most likely
> have to find a way to feed the BTS with the content of status.xml that
> is not there yet.
>  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/changes.html