[jdom-interest] JDOM JSR

James Strachan james_strachan at yahoo.co.uk
Thu May 17 02:39:16 PDT 2001

From: "Brett McLaughlin" <brett at newInstance.com>
> > From: jdom-interest-admin at jdom.org
> > [mailto:jdom-interest-admin at jdom.org]On Behalf Of Dennis Sosnoski
> > This seems inappropriate to use as a product promotion.
> >
> > I would hope that the intent behind the JSR is that of defining a
> > structure for
> > working with XML documents in Java, and that once the expert
> > group is formed they'll
> > take a more active role than simply annointing JDOM as that
> > structure - in other
> > words, they'll look at the technologies available and select the
> > best features for
> > the standard.
> It's a JSR for _JDOM_. That means that JDOM already has been "anointed"
> you put it) as a good structure for XML in Java. It's being used by most
> the development groups at Sun, already, and so this is an effort to
> formalize and standardize JDOM. Our purpose is not to define an API; we
> one that the experts and Sun are happy with. It's to provide a
> and packaging of that API as a Sun-approved and supported standard.
> So maybe you misunderstood what JSRs are ;-)

Thanks for the clarification Brett. I must admit I'd got the wrong end of
the stick too WRT the JSR.

So, paraphrasing the above (and I hope I've understood you correctly), the
JDOM JSR is an attempt to use Sun's community process to further develop the
JDOM project.  It is not an attempt to define a "standard API" for the Java
platform for working with XML - its more an alternate way of running the
existing JDOM project, the expert group being composed of existing JDOM
developers and such like.

If this is the case, then the fact that JDOM is a JSR is neither here or
there for an end user - it just means the JDOM project uses a different
mechanism by which decisions are made. Whether this was Apache style voting
based collaboration or Suns JSP process doesn't affect an end user much,
both have their strengths and weaknesses. So I now concur with Dennis that
the JSR nature of JDOM is not relevant as a product promotion.


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