Stax Reference Implementation version 1.2 release
This may not be a big news, but since many newcomers to Stax-based XML processing start with the reference implementation, the release of the 1.2 version final is still important. There has been lots of fixes to the most immediate and severe problems, and now the reference implementation finally passes most of StaxTest unit tests.
There are still some things missing from the RI (such as coalescing mode, NamespaceContext for Event objects), but at least now it should be possible to try out simple example documents without hitting obvious problems with character entities and such. Also, handling of namespace URIs is more consistent now: null will now always be returned for prefixes that are not bound (and for the default namespace if no explicit binding is present).