Sorry I worded that incorrectly. The changes I'm making to fontbox will be 
applied to their project, though this is dependant on their committers. I have 
already had one patch applied, so hopefully it shouldn't be a problem with the 
other which I plan to put forward soon. As such, we will just be referencing an 
existing compiled version of their project.

Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 09:40:05 -0600
Subject: Re: Fontbox optional dependency

On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Robert Meyer <> wrote:

Hi All,

Quick question related to this fontbox optional dependency being added for OTF 
CFF. I am guessing that to allow this to work, FOP will require the fontbox jar 
to be compiled, but optional when run? If the user does not have fontbox when 
running, an error is shown if a reference is made to a CFF font. This is just 
to confirm that I don't need to make the OTF CFF code external to FOP as a 
separate jar plugin so that FOP can be compiled without it.

When you say "require the fontbox jar to be compiled", do you mean just 
reference an existing, released version of fontbox's JAR artifact? Or are you 
referring to a forked version with FOP mods?


Robert Meyer


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