24 more hours for XML DevCon submissions

Jon Bosak Jon.Bosak at eng.sun.com
Sun Jul 18 20:21:30 BST 1999

The deadline for submissions to the XML Developers' Conference in
Montreal next month was Friday evening, July 16 (see the original
announcement below).  However, family affairs have kept me busy all
weekend and will continue to do so Monday, so since I won't be able to
start processing the proposals until Tuesday morning anyway, I'm
giving everyone until Monday night (July 19) to submit last-minute
entries.  See the announcement for instructions.



 Call for presentations: XML Developers' Conference 19-20 August

 The just-in-time proposal period for presentations at the GCA XML
 Developers' Conference in Montreal is now open.  Proposals will be
 accepted through 16 July 1999.  (IMPORTANT: read the section titled
 "Format for Submissions" before sending conference proposals.)

 If you are engaged in the development of any software that works with
 XML or with XML-related standards, in particular XSL, XLink, XPointer,
 DOM, RDF, SAX, CSS, or DSSSL, here is your chance to share your work
 with an audience that can understand and appreciate it.  Further
 details about the conference are given below.  Presenters get in free.

 Vendors of commercial tools can participate, but the presentations
 must be confined to the technical aspects of products currently in
 development.  Table space will be made available for the distribution
 of product announcements and commercial literature.

 There will also be room on the schedule for a couple of case studies
 or tendentious diatribes if their subjects and presenters seem
 interesting enough to warrant a place on the program.


 As in previous years, the emphasis is on work in progress, so we're
 not looking for formal papers but just a couple of long paragraphs
 (300-500 words) submitted during the two-week period that begins now
 and ends July 16.  (If you have a formal paper appropriate for a
 genuine peer review process, the right place to present it is the GCA
 Markup Technologies conference in December, which coincidentally has
 the same cutoff date for submissions this year as the XML Developers'
 Conference -- July 16.  See http://www.gca.org/conf/mt99/callpart.htm
 for more about Markup Technologies '99.)

 It's OK if some details of your project are still not firm, but you
 must be careful to indicate those areas of uncertainty in your
 submission along with their current status and your expectations for
 their status at the time of the conference.  Remember, this is a
 conference for software developers; just observe the same general
 rules that you would follow in annotating code in progress.  The
 important thing is that you give enough information for us to decide
 which presentations to include and to tell other attendees what to

 Proposals will be accepted only in plain text.  Proposals sent in
 HTML, XML, Word, PowerPoint, or other marked-up or proprietary codings
 will not even be acknowledged.  Proposals must be submitted directly
 by the person who will be presenting and not by a secretary, mentor,
 assistant, or marketing person.  All proposals should be sent to
 bosak at eng.sun.com and to no other address.  Proposals must be received
 on or before 16 July 1999.

 N.B.: Failure to follow these simple directions will be taken as
 evidence of a level of expertise too low for presenters at this


 Presentations are expected to include slides and/or demonstrations
 displayed using an ordinary XGA (1024 x 768) projector.  Be prepared
 in the event that your submission is accepted to come to the
 conference with something that can be displayed this way and
 distributed electronically afterward.  Any reasonably common format
 from ASCII on up through HTML to XML with a CSS or XSL stylesheet (or
 sideways to PowerPoint or PDF) is acceptable as long as it can be made
 available right after the conference in a form that can be downloaded
 from the conference web site.

 Note that the files containing the presentation are not due until it
 is actually delivered.  Presenters at this conference can (and often
 do) revise their presentations right up until the moment they come to
 the podium.  It is assumed that presenters will bring their own laptop
 computers; if additional equipment or connections are needed, make
 that clear in your submission.


 The XML Developers' Conference is the fourth in a series of small but
 very successful informal technical gatherings that began with one-day
 events in Montreal (August 1997) and Seattle (March 1998) and were
 extended to the present two-day format in Montreal last summer (August
 1998).  As usual, the XML Developers' Conference will be held in Le
 Centre Sheraton and will be preceded in the same location by the
 two-day GCA Metastructures conference (formerly the GCA HyTime
 conference).  The Metastructures conference is designed for experts in
 hypertext linking and related technologies (topic maps, knowledge
 management, etc.) and concentrates on HyTime and the XLink/XPointer
 side of the XML family.  The four days of combined conferences are
 preceded by a day of GCA tutorials.  The schedule is as follows:

       16 August  Tutorials
    17-18 August  Metastructures '99
    19-20 August  XML Developers' Conference

 See http://www.gca.org for updates to the conference schedule.

 Like previous conferences in this series, the XML Developers'
 "UnConference(tm)" resists the bigger-is-better trend of recent years
 and maintains the concept of a single-track event featuring the cream
 of XML geekdom.  Attendees can expect two days of informal but
 intensely interesting presentations on fairly deep subjects in a
 locale noted for its French-Canadian culture, great food, low prices,
 and vibrant summer street life.

 The GCA Metastructures and XML Developers' conferences are cosponsored
 by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
 Standards (OASIS) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  The OASIS
 cosponsorship is highlighted this year by the location of the OASIS
 Summer Workshop in the same hotel at the end of the previous week,
 August 11-13.  OASIS, which is rapidly achieving critical mass as a
 forum for the development of vendor-neutral applications of XML, has
 just changed its membership structure to allow participation by
 individuals.  The Summer Workshop in Montreal will be its first
 meeting under the new organization, and it promises to be a
 significant event for OASIS members.  See http://www.oasis-open.org/
 for more information about OASIS and http://xml.org/ for information
 on its recently announced XML.org initiative.

 In keeping with its emphasis on the latest developments, the schedule
 of speakers for the XML Developers' Conference will not be available
 until about three weeks before the conference itself.  Thus, a certain
 amount of faith is required when making travel arrangements.
 Participants in previous events in this series have found that faith
 well rewarded.

 Jon Bosak
 Chair, XML Developers' Conference

  Jon Bosak, Online Information Technology Architect, Sun Microsystems
      901 San Antonio Road, MPK17-101, Palo Alto, California 94303
 ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34::NCITS V1::OASIS:: Chair, W3C XML Coordination Group
	     It is earlier than we think. -- Vannevar Bush

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