From: Peter Graves <peter@ar...> - 2003-05-19 19:07:39
The current plan is that Java 1.4 or later will be required for j
starting with version 0.20.0.
(The next release, 0.19.0, to be released in the next week or two, will
still support Java 1.3.)
I'm not really sure there's anything much to discuss about this, but I
do want to entertain any objections that folks might have.
There are a number of concrete advantages in going to 1.4, including a
built-in validating XML parser, which would mean that we would no
longer have to bundle the obsolete version of Aelfred we currently use,
which would make it possible to offer improved XML mode funtionality
(including optional validation against a DTD).
In addition, it would be possible to use APIs introduced in 1.4 without
I'm not sure there are any real disadvantages, now that MacOS X finally
has 1.4.1. (There might be some odd flavors of Unix that are limited to
1.3; I don't follow odd flavors of Unix very closely, so please let me
know if your favorite platform is going to be shut out.)
There were some performance issues on Windows with early releases of
1.4; Sun appears to have fixed these in 1.4.1_02.
In any case, if you have issues with the decision to require 1.4,
please bring them up now.
Thanks for your support.