The xerces maintainers have decided, with Xerces 3.0 still not ready and almost two years having passed since 2.7.0, to release 2.8.0. There was an RC1 a couple of weeks ago which I uploaded to experimental and which has now finally cleared NEW. In the mean time, upstream has already voted to freeze for 2.8.0, so that should be out very soon. I will be uploading xerces28 to unstable at that time. I would encourage all of you to test your packages with xerces28. I will probably request removal of xerces27 before lenny is released.
I have maintained the habit of packaging multiple versions of xerces in different source packages because the xerces people have a reputation for making changes that break other packages, and it has happened several times in the past that other packages (libxml-xerces-perl, xalan, perhaps others) require their own updates From upstream to work with newer versions of xerces. For the vast majority of packages, however, it should suffice to simply replace libxerces27-dev with libxerces28-dev in your build dependencies. I have run through my battery of tests with xerces28, and everything looks good. A few weeks after I upload xerces28, I will post bugs against all packages that still depend upon xerces27 asking that they be modified to use xerces28 instead. -- Jay Berkenbilt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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