SGML/XML 98 Paris (fwd from Betty Harvey)
peter at ursus.demon.co.uk
Tue May 26 00:15:11 BST 1998
[Forwarded from betty Harvey who has difficulties posting]
> I was going to write a synopsis of the SGML/XML Europe
>conference for those interested but Peter Murray-Rust has
>provided an excellent overview of the conference.
> There are a few points that I would like to add to
>2nd Day Plenary - Microsoft and Netscape
> It was amazing to me to see representatives of both Microsoft and
>Netscape sharing the stage and talking about the future of XML in their
>respective products. Jean Paoli (Microsoft) showed now XML will be the
>underlying data format for the next release of Microsoft Office (Word,
>Excel and Powerpoint). He didn't get deeply into the technical details but
>I personally didn't see where it will be possible for Word to save files
>in XML using arbitrary DTD's.
> Bernard Feinstein (Netscape) talked about the open systems
>development and that 'data should be free' (Peter talks about this concept
>in his synopsis). There are a few points from Bernard's talk that
>I think are worth mentioning.
> 1. Both Oracle and Sybase (as well as other software vendors
> he didn't mention) have committed to porting their software
> to LINUX. This is great news for those of us currently
> running LINUX.
> 2. Netscape 5.0 will use CSS2 for the style for XML. I have a
> concern if Netscape supports CSS2 and Microsoft supports
> XSL for style does that leave us again with incompatibility
> of data (style).
> 4. They have created a XML/Mozilla Advisory Board which
> Peter talks later about.
> 5. Netscape will support NFS.
>There was a whole morning session devoted to XML/EDI initiative.
>Unfortunately, I had a meeting during this session but talked with
>folks afterwards and it was very well attended.
>My favorite quote from the conference was from Cees van der Does,
>Philips Business Communications Systems: 'Linking theory with the real
>world is very messy'.
>If this conference showed one thing it was that we have finally
>bridged the gap between theory and the real world. Ocaccionally, we got
>'messy' along the way but I think it was worth it.
>Now more from Peter.
>Betty Harvey | Phone: 301-540-8251 FAX: 4268
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>harvey at eccnet.eccnet.com | Washington,DC SGML Users Grp
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Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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