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10 Years in Open Source

Sylvain Wallez indirectly reminded me that I, too, have my 10-year anniversary in the Open Source world this year. On October 24, 2000, my first post went to the fop-dev mailing list (Apache FOP developer list), 11 months after the

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DocBook is fun!

I’m currently writing a basic XSL training course which I’ll give the first time later this month. I decided to write the training materials using DocBook 5. Lots of XML examples, lots of SVG illustrations painted in Inkscape. I used

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IBM and Sun launch ODF Toolkit

With pleasure I learned today that IBM and Sun together launched http://odftoolkit.org/. It is at least partly seeded with code from Sun’s OpenOffice (namely the ODF Toolkit project). Initial components include ODFDOM (a low-level ODF API) and an ODF validator.

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OpenExpo in Berne was great!

Two days with buzzing activity. Interesting talks. Lots of FOSS projects presenting themselves. Free food, drinks and admission. On Wednesday evening Google sponsored a social event with food, drinks and lightning talks. LiSoG and /ch/open offered delicious cocktails under free

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PDF/A conference and ApacheCon EU at the same time in Amsterdam in 2008

I’ve just noticed an interesting coincidence: There will be will be a PDF/A conference next year in Amsterdam. The event will take place April 10th and 11th at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. This is at the same time as

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Apache FOP: Once believed dead, now live and kickin’

The first release (0.90alpha1) coming out of FOP’s redesign effort is exactly two years old today! Between 2003-07-18 and 2005-11-22 (for more than two years), there was no release of Apache FOP. Many believed the project was dead. No wonder:

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Minimal Java requirements for Apache XML Graphics

Last week, we’ve conducted a user poll to get hard data for a decision to drop support for Java 1.3 for the Apache XML Graphics project (Batik & FOP). The results are quite clear: we’re safe to drop support for

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SVG Print renewed

The W3C’s SVG working group has somewhat silently updated the SVG Print Working Draft last month. SVGP adds elements to embed multiple pages in a single SVG 1.2 file plus it adds color handling to match the additional requirements for

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PDF/A hell

It didn’t suffice that Adobe Acrobat 7 used and expected a PDF/A namespace from an old specification draft (http://www.aiim.org/pdfa/ns/id.html). Now, it turns out that the official ISO document (ISO 19005-1:2005) had to be corrected, too. The document uses “http://www.aiim.org/pdfa/ns/id” as

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MathML for Apache FOP

After a long time idling and switching caretakers more than once, JEuclid seems to have resurfaced from the half-dead. Max Berger and a few others are making the MathML implementation (written in Java and licensed under the Apache License v2.0)

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