[jdom-interest] Re: Announce: JDOMPlus a flexible XML framework for Java

Andy Heninger heninger at us.ibm.com
Fri Dec 15 16:44:22 PST 2000

Jason Hunter wrote

> The name "JDOM", however, is protected.  As everyone can see from
> reading the LICENSE.txt file and the license text attached to the head
> of every source file, the JDOM code is licensed under an Apache-style
> license and license terms 3 and 4 protect the original project name and
> allow its use only with written permission from JDOM Project
> management.  James has not sought after or received permission to use
> the name JDOM, and thus we have asked James to select another name for
> his project that complies with the license and does not include "JDOM",
> and also to choose web site names that do not include JDOM either.

I'm sorry, but this sounds a bit like the pot calling the kettle
black.  I really think that if the name of this new JDOM-like thing
is going to contain the string "DOM" at all, that it should include
"JDOM", as it is clearly derived from and based on JDOM and has
nothing at all in common with the standard DOM.  JDOMPlus or
JDOM++ or some such strike me as being wholly appropriate.

As a quick intro, since I haven't posted here before, I work on
xerces-c at IBM, and am a member of the W3C DOM working group.
I am neither for or against JDOM or JDOMPlus, but would like to
see names chosen that avoid unnecessary confusion.

Andy Heninger
IBM XML Technology Group, Cupertino, CA
heninger at us.ibm.com

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