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From "Franklin, Matthew B." <>
Subject RE: Licence headers in template files
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2012 13:37:20 GMT
I am sure you know this (especially since you first pointed me at this page), but the release
FAQ [1] makes it sound like you need the header, if you assume your templates are source:

       Which Files Must Contain An ASF License Text?
       Every source file must contain the appropriate ASF License text.

I am no lawyer, so I will defer to someone who has more experience than me to help you determine
whether your snippets count as source.

Just a thought that might solve your problem in a different way:   if you define some convention
in Wookie to denote text to be stripped during processing, you might find it useful for reasons
other than just the license.  This could be especially true if you expect users of the system
to be defining their own templates.  You could strip comments, examples, licenses, etc all
at once.

[1] :

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ross Gardler []
>Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 4:59 AM
>Subject: Licence headers in template files
>A license header question...
>In the Wookie podling we have a templating system for building
>widgets. Basically a user defined a few properties, adds a few
>snippets of HTML, CSS and Javascript and then runs an Ant script. This
>spits out fully packaged widgets.
>In order to do this there are a number of file fragments (HTML,
>Javascript and CSS) which are copied into multiple places in the final
>widget, often multiple times in the same file. If these snippets have
>a licence header in them this results in multiple Apache licences in
>the output, spread throughout the file. We could do some
>pre-processing and strip out those headers, but we would rather not
>add this overhead.
>There is no significant IP in these templates. they are mostly
>boilerplates that are intended to be replaced by the end user, but in
>some cases they will remain. You can see some of them at [1] (see the
>content_* files)
>To save you looking here is an example of one of them...
><script type="text/javascript"
><script type="text/javascript"
><script type="text/javascript" src="scripts/controller.js"></script>
>Would it be acceptable for these files to *not* have licence headers in them?
>Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
>Programme Leader (Open Development)
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