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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook XSL and FOP 2.0

Hi Dean,

I think the problem with most open source software is that there is no specialized Quality Assurance team.
We, the public who uses the product are the QA team.

And we are skeptical of testing beta versions of the product because it might have bugs in it. And because of that, the final product actually has bugs in it.

I think that a relatively bug-free open source product needs to have three things:

1) Automated tests which are run every night and should detect regression problems.
2) Shorter release cycles.
3) Large user based.

Probably Apache FOP only has (3), at least in this particular case.


Radu Coravu
<oXygen/>  XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger

On 6/30/2015 8:54 AM, DeanNelson@aol.com wrote:
That says a lot! It seems like a simple fix to me. I wonder why they let
it out of the gate that way? That's a major bug.
I will probably wait as well since I have no interest in maintaining a
patch in our system and the time between FOP updates is usually quite a
long time.
Thanks for your input!
Dean Nelson
In a message dated 6/29/2015 10:44:18 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
radu_coravu@sync.ro writes:

    Hi Dean,

    If it's worth anything, I stumbled upon the same problem when
    DITA to PDF using Apache FOP 2.0 (the bug I posted was marked as a
    duplicate as yours):

     > https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FOP-2479

    After I made a patch to guard the NPE I successfully translated our
    user's manual's 1000+ pages to PDF.
    But that left me with a bitter test of the initial Apache FOP 2.0

    I will probably wait for 2.1 before I integrate it into our product
    (Oxygen XML Editor).


    Radu Coravu
    <oXygen/>  XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger

    On 6/30/2015 2:19 AM, DeanNelson@aol.com wrote:
     > Hello
     > I have tried to update our production documentation system to FOP 2.0
     > but in doing so I discovered a little problem that prevented the
    use of
     > FOP 2.0. I get an exception and cannot get around it without
     > with a fix. (See https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FOP-2461 )
     > I am interested in other people's experience in using FOP 2.0. In
     > experience, is it really ready for prime time? Are you using it
     > successfully?
     > I'm using the 1.78.1 stylesheets with Docbook 4.5.
     > Regards,
     > Dean Nelson


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