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From Dario Laera <la...@cs.unibo.it>
Subject Re: Layouts tree pruning for the prototype
Date Tue, 28 Oct 2008 16:16:02 GMT
Hey, I was not criticizing the FOP team! I'm not frustrated and I  
thought that you were not interested because I guessed that your  
customers were pushing FOP in another direction (what if quality and  
streaming are incompatible?), I realize that my goal is ambitious and  
require lots o work, while most of you are volunteers that devote its  
free time to FOP. I'm making some attempts, my knowledge is growing  
but still far from being enough so any kind of comment is more than  
Unfortunately, from the next january I will have much less time to  
work on FOP but I hope to continue contributing.


Il giorno 28/ott/08, alle ore 16:08, Jeremias Maerki ha scritto:

> Dario,
> we do care. The Bugzilla entry with the lowest ID that is still open  
> is
> https://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=1063 and actually
> targets exactly that topic. What Vincent and Simon are working on goes
> exactly into this direction (although implementing changing available
> IPD is the immediate front goal). I'm not sure what makes you think we
> are not interested in this. But you also need to see where we stand:
> Most funding for FOP comes from companies doing business-style  
> documents
> (not more an a couple of dozen pages per page-sequence). Those not
> backed by some company probably just have too little free time to  
> make a
> difference since this is such a huge task to get right. And then we're
> not a dozen active people anymore who can throw in huge amounts of  
> time.
> People come and go. FOP desperately needs people like you who are not
> afraid to dive in and help. Dario, please don't get frustrated about  
> the
> current state of FOP. Layout is a complex beast and implementating a
> highly complex specification like XSL-FO is not easy. Yes, there are
> different priorities. But that doesn't mean you cannot bring in yours
> and make a difference. The ASF is about collaboration. I very much  
> like
> to see you working together with Vincent and Simon towards a better
> layout engine (like you already did during recent time).  
> Unfortunately,
> I don't have enough time and energy to help out. I'm trying to keep up
> as best as I can and will offer constructive suggestions if I have  
> any.

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