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Last modified: July 15, 1998
XML/SGML at Documation '98 West. March 9-12, 1998

This document lists several Tutorials, Workshops, and General Sessions offered at Documation '98 West (December 10-12, 1998) which cover SGML and XML. See the full conference program for Documation '98 West on the CAPV server:

  • Tutorial 7: Introduction to XML - Michael Hahn, SGML University

  • Tutorial 8: Introduction to XSL (The Extensible Style Language) - Brian Travis, SGML University

  • Tutorial 9: Document Design and Architecture Workshop - Elaine Brennan, Information Architects, Inc.

  • Tutorial 10: SGML Management Strategies and Business Issues - Kent Taylor, SGML Open/ISOGEN International

  • Tutorial 11: A Tour of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Standards - Tim Bray, Textuality, The Gilbane Report

  • Workshop 3: XML--Beyond Documents - Brian Travis, SGML University (Moderator); Jean Paoli, Microsoft Corp.; Charles Allen, Web Methods; Norbert Mikula, Datachannel
    This session will discuss XML as a way to structure data as opposed to documents. It will focus on XML as a protocol for enterprise computing and will show how XML is a vehicle for business transactions and real-time electronic delivery. Other potential applications of XML such as WIDL (the Web Interface Definition Language) will be discussed. A major new media company's application will be demonstrated.

  • Workshop 7: XML--Is It Right For Me? - Robin Tomlin, SGML Open (Moderator); Lani Hajagos, Adobe Systems
    This session will have industry experts discuss the benefits and shortcomings of XML and ideal applications. The workshop will help attendees identify whether SGML offers a solution for their application.

  • General Session 2: Document System Implementor Session - Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair (Moderator); Jan Johnston-Tyler, Cisco; Bill Smith, Sun Microsystems; Jim Penna, LSI Logic
    This session continues our tradition of ensuring a balanced dialog between users and suppliers of document systems. Hear the most knowledgeable and experienced users of document software discuss what was easy to implement, what was hard, what was successful, and what was not. Topics will include internal selling of document management, vendor negotiation, product interoperability, cultural challenges, and organizational issues. Key issues include: common user requirements across applications, how these requirements were met and whether user expectations and strategies had to be modified after "real-world" experience, and how intranet technology is being used.

  • Workshop 9: Metadata for Networked Information - Mary Laplante, CAP Ventures (Moderator); Tim Bray, The Gilbane Report, Textuality
    As the volume of information that's available on the Web continues to grow exponentially, so too does our need for standard ways of describing that information so that it can be accessed, exchanged and processed by either humans or computers. This session focuses on the use of metadata for such purposes. We'll talk at the practical rather than theoretical level about metadata and the kinds of information processing tasks that it makes possible. We'll also explore the key issues associated with defining standard metadata schemes, examine the considerations that software vendors must take into account when building tools and systems that make use of metadata for resource description. We'll also bring you up to date on current initiatives within the W3C and elsewhere to develop standards for the expression of metadata.

  • Workshop 11: Intelligent Content Management on the Web - Brian Travis, SGML University (Moderator); Alan Karben, Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
    The Web provides an infrastructure for getting personalized information out to your customers. There are tools and technologies that exist to help achieve that goal. This session will discuss the role of standards and techniques in content management on the Web. HTML, Dynamic HTML, XML, and Microdocument Architectures are highlighted. How do these technologies increase access to information, contribute to the development of content rich Web sites and make delivery of information over the Web more efficient?

  • Workshop 16: SGML and Document Management - Robin Tomlin, SGML Open (Moderator); Robert Rust, BellSouth Telecommunications
    In the early years of its life as an international standard, SGML was primarily used for paper publication and traditional publishing needs. With ten years of implementation experience behind us, users are now finding that SGML can help in reaching new levels of sophistication not only with their technical publications, but also with other types of applications that drive their business enterprises, such as document management and electronic review processes. In this session, we look at how several companies are expanding the scope of their SGML systems to reach new places and functions in their organizations. In case-study style presentations, users will discuss the value of SGML beyond tech pubs and show us how they leveraged the value of structured information throughout their organizations.

  • Workshop 18: Document Technology and Issues for Global Documents - Simon Nicholson, Chrystal Software; Hans Fenstermacher, ArchiText
    While many organizations have had to publish or manage documents in multiple languages for years, most are not utilizing all the technology and expertise that is now available to do this more effectively. At the same time, many companies are just beginning to even contemplate providing documents in multiple languages. Language translation and localization issues involve a lot of subtle issues, including everything from character sets to complex hyphenation rules, to document management and synchronization. This session will look some of these issues, what can be done today, and what your expectations should be.

  • General Session 3: Document Software--New Technology and Issues - Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair (Moderator); Tim Bray, The Gilbane Report; Bruce Silver, Bruce Silver Associates; Ronni Marshak, Workgroup Computing Report; Priscilla Emery, AIIM International
    This session will concentrate on hot areas of development and controversial issues in the document software market. A panel of outspoken industry analysts will tackle the tough questions. We may not get to all the answers, but you will come out of this session with a collection of critical issues you need to consider--some of which you will not get from vendors or the trade press. The actual content will be determined as we get closer to the conference date to make sure we cover the most timely topics, like: What is the future of authoring? Is there any life left in the market for document viewers other than Web browsers? What linguistic technologies are being effectively used in document systems? Do you get what you pay for when you buy a "high-end" document management system? Which viewer formats (HTML, PDF, Java-based, etc.) are appropriate for which applications? Which are a bad choice? Which standards or proposed standards (XML, SGML, RDF, XSL, SMIL, DOM, CDF, DMA, ODMA, Dynamic HTML, etc.) should you pay attention to now, or in the next 12 months? What kind of document computing architectures will win and which standards and technologies (ActiveX, Java, etc.) will be included? Is there a difference between content management, document management, digital asset management, etc.?

  • Workshop 21: Intranet Publishing and Document Management - David Weinberger, Evident Marketing (Moderator); Daniel Chang, Hynet; Sebastien Holst, Inso Corporation; Randy Clark, Enigma
    Serious intranet publishing applications can't exist in a vacuum. There must be processes and many different document management capabilities in place to ensure not only the efficiencies of content collection and reuse, but the accuracy of document content, effective presentation, and the overall quality of the published material. This session will focus on these and other issues organizations face in building high quality sophisticated intranet publishing systems that will stand the test of time and the challenges of the complex publishing requirements.

  • Workshop 27: Tools That Support XML - A Roadmap - Robin Tomlin, SGML Open (Moderator); Lani Hajagos, Adobe Systems; Mike Maziarka, Xyvision; Amy Krane, Texcel; Eric Skinner, Omnimark Technologies; ArborText and Inso speakers to be announced
    XML has burst onto the scene with announced support from a wide range of technology suppliers, including everyone from traditional SGML vendors to Microsoft and Netscape to brand new companies who are making XML a key part of their solution. It won't be long before all companies will either be working with or planning to work with XML, or will have a well thought out reason why they aren't. A key part of any decision revolves around what tools are commercially available, and which of these tools are applicable to authoring, management, and delivery of document content and data. This session will provide an overview of what tools are available today and what kinds of applications they are appropriate for.

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