SGML: EP '96 Call for Participation

SGML: EP '96 Call for Participation

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This information is from Anne Brueggemenn-Klein (this is
a very long message):


Subject: Please post Call for Participation
From: Anne Brueggemann-Klein <>
Date: 	Tue, 23 Jul 1996 21:28:44 +0100
Organization: Institut fuer Informatik, Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Please find included the updated call for participation for EP96,
which includes registration information for the tutorials and
authors' names. Apologies if you receive this several times.
Please send further enquiries to

-- Anne Brueggemann-Klein (EP Program Chair)




                   September 22-26, 1996

Conference on electronic publishing and document manipulation

Principles of document processing

PODP96 and EP96 comprise a five-day technical gathering focused on
recent progress in electronic documents. PODP96, principles of document
processing, is a workshop devoted to examining the confluence of
document processing and computer science. EP96 continues the tradition
of a general conference devoted to electronic documents. Tutorials are
offered and may be attended by any participant.


Workshop on the principles of document processing
Monday, September 23

PODP96 will be the third in a series of international workshops
organized to promote the modeling of document processing systems using
theories and tools from computer science, mathematics, etc.  Areas of
document processing presented in the first workshop in Washington, DC
were document formatting, document conversion, document representation,
document recognition, document retrieval, and hypertext, among others.
The second workshop in Darmstadt, Germany concentrated on document
databases. For more information please contact Prof. Charles Nicholas


Electronic publishing and document manipulation
Tuesday, September 24 - Thursday, September 26

This conference will be the sixth in a series of international
conferences organized to promote the exchange of novel ideas in the
area of computer document manipulation.  The first two conferences in
the series, EP86 held in Nottingham, England, and EP88 in Nice, France,
concentrated mainly on the specific aspects of electronic document
production, from composition to printing.  EP90, which took place in
Washington, DC, adopted a broader definition of the term Computer
Assisted Publication, and accordingly, extended its range of topics to
include hypertext and hypermedia systems, document recognition and
analysis, and application of database techniques to document handling.
EP92, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, confirmed the trend for documents
to affect more and more areas in computer science. EP94, held in
Darmstadt, Germany, focused  explicitly on document representation,
transformation,   management and interpretation. EP94; EP96 follows
this trend.


Sunday 22:     pm  3:00-6:00   Pre-Conference Registration (at Dinah's
                               Garden Hotel)
Monday 23:     am  8:30-12:30  EP96 Tutorials 1 and 2/PODP96
               pm  2:00-6:00   EP96 Tutorials 1 and 3/PODP96
Tuesday 24:    am  9:00-10:00  Invited Talk
                   10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
                   10:30-12:00 Session A: Structured Documents I
               pm  12:00-2:00  Lunch Break
                   2:00-3:00   Session B: Multimedia and Typecases
                   3:00-3:30   Coffee Break
                   3:30-5:00   Session C: Presentation/Representation
                   6:00-8:00   Reception
Wednesday 25:  am  9:00-10:00  Invited Talk
                   10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
                   10:30-12:00 Session D: Structured Documents II
               pm  12:00-2:00  Lunch Break
                   2:00-3:00   Session E: Document Analysis/Compression
                   3:00-3:30   Coffee Break
                   3:30-6:00   Exhibitions
                   6:30-10:00  Banquet
Thursday 26    am  9:00-10:00  Invited Talk
                   10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
                   10:30-12:00 Session F: Interfaces


Tutorial 1: Information Modeling Approaches to Meet New Publishing
Demands (2 parts) -- Lorraine Stanford

The advent of new publishing paradigms impacts on how information is
created and captured in today's organizations.  The need to create
information once, and leverage the reuse of it many times grows as
stakeholders grapple with rising costs of repurposing and republishing

Historical approaches to information management and modeling impact on
an enterprise's ability to meet these new publishing demands.
Traditional requirements of paper publishing are changing to
incorporate electronic publishing methods including electronic books
and the World Wide Web. Without an ability to repurpose existing
information into new uses, these new demands cannot be satisfied
economically, efficiently or expediently.  As organizations move
towards structured information creation and management, choosing which
new approach to adopt becomes a critical decision.

The use of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) for the Internet
specifically, or the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) for
electronic documents in general, provides mechanisms for reducing the
costs of publishing information in multiple ways.  The appropriate role
for the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) in the Document Development
Life Cycle is as a publishing medium and not as a content capturing
medium.  It is inflexible to lock one's information into a single
presentation medium, which is how the World Wide Web should be

This full day tutorial overviews how, when an organization's
information is structured using content-oriented markup languages
defined using Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), the
information can be repurposed in different domains as required.  From
these information structures, presentation-oriented paper deliverables
can be created to meet traditional publishing requirements. HTML, a
presentation-oriented electronic markup language, can also be one of
many outputs for the information, that being appropriate for global
access in public or private Webs.

The tutorial includes a detailed case history describing the
architecture of the technical manual production system of a supplier of
military equipment to a Canadian Department of National Defence (DND)
Project Office.  The Canadian DND CALS Office Engineering and Technical
Information Model is the structure of the main store for information
used in the production of technical manuals. The nature of the
structure of the information model is content-oriented, based on the
physical equipment breakdown structure (EBS).  The nature of the
structure of the technical manuals is presentation-oriented, based on a
book paradigm.

The tutorial also includes a live example of an SGML Application for
publishing in three outputs: one Web style and two paper styles, each
meeting a different purpose for the information.

Completing the tutorial, pointers to publicly-maintained SGML resource
catalogues are reviewed.

Lorraine Stanford is a Senior Consultant with Microstar Software Ltd.
Her main responsibility is the development and delivery of Microstar's
training programme, which includes general SGML courses, as well as
instruction in the use of Microstar's software tools and the company's
unique, practical approach to implementing the Document Development
Life Cycle. Ms. Stanford is also an active member of Microstar's
Professional Services Group, which enables her to bring hands-on
experience to the classroom. She joined Microstar in early 1994
following 14 years' experience providing Informatics consulting
services. Ms. Stanford holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education
degrees from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.

Tutorial 2: Colour document display and reproduction -- Roger Hersch,
       Victor Ostromoukov, and Tim Kohler.

Color is an integral part of today's electronic documents. However, the
problem of faithful color reproduction on a variety of display and
printing devices incorporates many aspects, such as device calibration,
color halftoning and gamut mapping. The goal of this tutorial is to
present the scientific basis of colorimetry, the colorimetric behavior
of scanners, displays and printers, categories of halftoning algorithms
specifically conceived for color displays as well as current color
management standards.

1. The basics of colorimetry
   From color matching experiments to the CIE-XYZ system
   Roger D. Hersch, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

2. The colorimetric behavior of scanners, displays and printers
   Roger D. Hersch, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

3. Halftoning for color displays
   (creation of color tables, dithering for display devices,
    halftoning in color space)
   V. Ostromoukhov, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

4. The color management standards (ColourSync, ICC)
   Tim Kohler, Canon Information Systems


The conversion of documents into electronic form has proved
more difficult than anticipated. Document image analysis
still accounts for only a small fraction of the rapidly-
expanding document imaging market. Nevertheless, the
optimism manifested over the last thirty years has not
dissipated. There is increased emphasis on large-scale,
automated comparative evaluation, using laboriously compiled
test databases. The cost of generating these databases has
stimulated new research on synthetic noise models. Driven
partly by document distribution on CD-ROM and via the World
Wide Web, there is more interest in the preservation of
layout and format attributes to increase searchability and legibility
(sometimes called "page reconstruction") rather than just
text/non-text separation. At the same time, the requirements
of downstream software, such as word processing, information
retrieval and computer-aided design applications, favor
turning the results of the analysis and recognition into
some standard computer format. The realization that accurate
document image analysis requires fairly specific pre-stored
information has resulted in the investigation of new data
structures for knowledge bases and for the representation of
the results of partial analysis. Progress is reported on
documents - primarily office forms - containing a mix of
handprinted, handwritten and printed material, and research
on stylus-based data entry is spurred by the popularity of
notepad computers. Other active topics include image, text-image,
and text compression; map and line-drawing conversion; half-tone
and color processing; and text-entry for digital libraries.

EP96 The Conference Organization

Program committee chair: Anne Bru"ggemann-Klein (Technische Universita"t
Mu"nchen, Germany)

Conference chair:  Allen L. Brown, Jr. (Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto,

Program committee:

Jacques Andre'         INRIA/IRISA, Rennes, France
Charles Bigelow        Stanford University, USA
David F. Brailsford    University of Nottingham, UK
Allen L. Brown, Jr.    Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto, USA
Heather Brown          University of Kent, Canterbuty, UK
Anne Bru"ggemann-Klein Technische Universita"t Munchen, Germany
Giovanni Coray         Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Anton Eliens           Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
An Feng                Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto, USA
Hans-Peter  Frei       UBILAB, Union Bank of Switzerland, Zurich
Richard Furuta         Texas A&M University, USA
Roger D. Hersch        Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Christoph Hu"ser       GMD-IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Rolf Ingold            University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Brian Kernighan        AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, USA
Peter King             University of Manitoba, Canada
Dario Lucarella        CRA-ENEL, Milan, Italy
Pierre MacKay          University Washington, USA
Robert A. Morris       University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Makoto Murata          Fuji Xerox Information Systems, Kawasaki, Japan
Marc Nanard            CRIM, Montpellier, France
Vincent Quint          INRIA/IMAG, Grenoble, France
Richard Rubinstein     Sun Microsystems, USA
Christine Vanoirbeek   Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Hans van Vliet         Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wang Xuan              Peking University, Beijing, China


Tuesday 24:    am  9:00-10:00  Invited Talk: Hal R. Varian (Professor
				 and Dean of the School of Information
				 Management and Systems at the
				 University of California at Berkeley)
		   10:30-12:00 Session A: Structured Documents I
			       Web Applications and SGML
			       Repositories and the
				 Object Paradigm by PATRICIA FRANCOIS,
				    CHRISTOPHE ESPERT Typographic
			       Sheets and Structured Documents
	       pm  2:00-3:00   Session B: Multimedia and Typecases
			       Modelling Multimedia Documents
				 by PETER R. KING The Traditional
			       Arabic Typecase Extended
				 to the Unicode Set of Glyphs by YANNIS
		   3:30-5:00   Session C: Presentation and
			       A New Presentation Language for
				 Structured Documents by ETHAN V.
				 MUNSON Pagination Reconsidered by ANNE
			       Towards Structured, Block-Based PDF
Wednesday 25:  am  9:00-10:00  Invited Talk: Peter Hibbard (Principal
				 Scientist, Adobe Systems, Inc.)
		   10:30-12:00 Session D: Structured Documents II
			       XTABLE---A Tabular Editor and Formatter
			       Filtering Structured Documents in the
				 SYNDOC Environment by E. KUIKKA AND
				 A.  SALMINEN Automatic Generation of
				 SGML Content Models by HELENA AHONEN
	       pm  2:00-3:00   Session E: Document Analysis and
			       Document Analysis of PDF Files: Methods,
				 Results and Implications by WILLIAM
				 A Pattern-Based Lossy Compression
				 for Document Images by QIN ZHANG AND
		   3:30-6:00   Exhibitions
Thursday 26    am  9:00-10:00  Invited Talk: Bryan L. Bell (Strategic
				 Technologist, Frank ussell Company)
		   10:30-12:00 Session F: Interfaces
			       Using Documents as Interfaces to
				 Information Systems by VIJAY KUMAR,
			       Retrieval from Facet Spaces
				 by ROBERT B. ALLEN The Stick-e
			       Document: A Framework
				 for Creating Context-Aware
				 Applications by P. J. BROWN

General Information

Proceedings of the EP96 conference will be published by Wiley as a
special issue of the journal EP-ODD and will be available in preprint
form at the conference and in final form subsequently.  The PODP96
workshop proceedings will be given to each participant at the beginning
of the workshop.

Location: The conference will be held principally on the campus of the
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Palo Alto, California. Palo
Alto is south of the San Francisco International Airport and can be
reached in approximately thirty minutes by automobile or any of several
shuttle bus services available at the airport.

Accommodation:  Rooms have been reserved at an attractive rate for
conference attendees at Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. The rooms
range in price from $100-$120 per night of stay. That rate will be
provided to conference attendees beginning the night of September 21
and extending through the night of September 28. Dinah's is
approximately three kilometers from the conference site. While it is a
pleasant forty-minute walk from the Dinah's to PARC, a shuttle bus
service will be provided for the convenience of the conference
attendees. To reserve accommodations at Dinah's, attendees should

    Mr. Bill Lyons
    Director of Sales
    Dinah's Garden Hotel
    4261 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    +1 415 493-2844 (tel)
    +1 415 856-8904(fax)
    +1 415 856-4713 (fax)

Sponsors: The conference is sponsored by the Xerox Corporation,
Adobe Systems, Inc., the School of Information Management and
Systems of the University of California at Berkeley, and INRIA.

Insurance:  The organizers cannot be held liable to conference
participants for injury, damage or loss of their personal property.  It
is suggested that participants make their own insurance arrangements.

English:  English is the official language of the conference, tutorials
and workshop.

Secretarial support including fax and phone will be available during
the whole conference period.

Registration:  Please make your (binding) conference reservation  by
sending the completed registration form with payment to the conference
secretariat.  Confirmation will be given after receipt of the
registration form.  For a limited number of students conference
attendance at a reduced fee is possible.  Please send a copy of your
student card.  Fees for the conferences, workshops and tutorials
include proceedings, the reception, coffee breaks, lunches, and the
banquet dinner.

Payment:  Payment should be made in United States dollars payable to
the Xerox Corporation by check.  Credit cards (Visa and Mastercharge)
are accepted.

Cancellation:  Fees will be returned in full for any written
cancellation postmarked before September 1, 1996.  No refunds will be
made after this date.

Registration forms should be sent to:  

                        EP96 Conference Secretariat
                        Mrs. P.A. Gretz
                        Xerox Corporation
                        3400 Hillview Avenue PAHV-127
                        Palo Alto, California 94304
                        fax: +1 415 813-7394

EP96  Registration Form

NAME: (please write last name first) ______________________________

AFFILIATION: ______________________________________________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________

STREET ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________

TOWN/POSTAL CODE: ________________________  COUNTRY: ______________

TELEPHONE: __________________________  FAX: _______________________


Conference fees (excluding hotel room):

                before September 1      After September 1

                _______ $350            _______ $425

(student price) _______ $200            _______ $225

Tutorial fees (excluding hotel room):

               before September 1       After September 1

Tutoral 1:     _______ $400             _______ $500

   (student)   _______ $100             _______ $130

Tutoral 2:     _______ $200             _______ $250

   (student)   _______ $50              _______ $65

Tutoral 3:     _______ $200             _______ $250

   (student)   _______ $50              _______ $65

Attendees spouses and companions are welcome to attend the banquet

               _______ $30

Total amount due:

               _______ $


I am paying by: _____check _____VISA _____Mastercharge

credit card number_____________________________ exp. date_____________

Total amount due: ____________________________________________________

Date: ________________________________________________________________

Signature: ___________________________________________________________

*An attendee who wishes to pay by credit card may return a completed
and signed copy of the above registration form to the secretariat via
fax or post.  Registration forms should be sent to:

                        EP96 Conference Secretariat
                        Mrs. P.A. Gretz
                        Xerox Corporation
                        3400 Hillview Avenue PAHV-127
                        Palo Alto, California 94304
                        Tel +1 415 813-7003
                        fax +1 415 813-7308

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