[jdom-interest] JSR-102

Jason Hunter jhunter at xquery.com
Tue Sep 14 14:16:54 PDT 2004

Hi everyone,

FYI, I plan on writing in to cancel JSR-102 with the following explanation:

"Withdrawn at the request of the submitter.  The project was completed 
under the open source development model and can be found at 

This will appear on the cancelled JSR list at 

It's a long story why we didn't pursue the JSR.  The short version is 
that after getting JSR-102 accepted I found out the JCP didn't support 
an open source development model or open source licensing model.  I 
worked for two years to change that as Apache's representative to the 
JCP.  We succeeded, but afterward I didn't have any desire to continue 
in the field of JCP politics!  I didn't want to cancel the JSR lest 
someone else want to take up the mantle, but that hasn't happened. 
People always seemed more interested in JDOM 1.0 than in JDOM the JSR.

The biggest benefit JSR-102 promised was inclusion in J2SE.  I've 
discovered that's a heck of a lot of work though.  During EC meetings I 
heard IBM complain about the amount of work foisted on them for getting 
an API into J2EE.  Nevermind a volunteer group getting something into 
J2SE!  We'd have an easier time becoming an "endorsed standard" like SAX 
where Java just blesses and includes an externally created API.

So that's my plan.  Here's a last chance for community input before I 
fire the cancellation request...


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