Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 04:43:30 +1100 From: Rick Jelliffe <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com, James Tauber <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com Cc: "Martin J. Duerst" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Gavin Nicol <email@example.com> Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT of Website "Chinese XML Now!"
"Chinese XML Now!" is a project at Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, to help developers of Chinese XML software. The project Web site is:
The English-language version of this Web site is now available for use. Chinese versions should be on-stream next week, in UTF-8, Big5 and GB2312.
The Website will feature:
"The Chinese XML FAQ" about specific Chinese questions on XML;
a test page of targeted XML test files: these are all available in UTF-8, Big5 and GB2312, and all these can be available as text/plain, text/xml and application/xml (these files are mainly English text: these files can be useful for Western XML as well); more text files will be added over the next few weeks;
a special series of logos called "The Chinese Numberplate" which Western software developers can add to their Web pages to advertise the encodings supported by their product: these can be linked back to standard Chinese documentation at our site;
a summary list of XML software which looks like it supports Chinese, with useful developers comments;
a list of links.
Anyone who is doing Chinese XML is welcome to participate. At this early stage in the game, the intent of the site is primarily to provide useful material for Western developers: we want to make it easy for the first generation of XML tools to support Chinese. But as more XML activity grows on this side of the Pacific, we anticipate the site will become primarily targetted to Chinese-language people. Part of this may also involve creating or porting useful utilities.
Academia Sinica is the leading Chinese research institution. It has many projects which will require Chinese XML in the near future. "Chinese XML Now!" is a project to help develop XML infrastructure we can use and share.