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Extreme Markup 2000

How Far Can We Push Markup Languages?

Test the limits at GCA's new technical conference: Extreme Markup 2000

ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA. June 27, 2000.

Strap on your helmet and push yourself to the edge. The Graphic Communications Association (GCA) today announced details of Extreme Markup Languages 2000, a new technical conference focused on the abstractions that underlie the family of markup languages, including white-hot XML and Topic Maps.

Extreme 2000 will be held from August 15-18, 2000 in Montréal, Canada, and will be preceded by two days of in-depth tutorials (August 13-14). Learn all the details and register on-line at, or call GCA at 703/519-8160 for a copy of the preliminary program.

"Extreme is not for the faint of heart," commented conference co-chair Tommie Usdin of Mulberry Technologies, Inc. "It's a highly technical conference that concentrates on the evolving abstractions that underlie modern information management solutions, how those abstractions enhance human productivity, how they are being applied today, and how they'll be leveraged tomorrow."

"We're looking at abstract and concrete information models, systems built on them, and the software that exploits them," according to co-chair Steve Newcomb of TechnoTeacher, Inc. "Of course we'll cover XML, but we'll also focus on SGML, XSL, Topic Maps, XLink, schemas, query languages, and other markup-related topics."

Extreme is an unabashedly hard-core conference for technically-oriented members of the information interchange community: a place where information management and markup professionals can gather to learn from each other, exchange ideas and form alliances, challenge their preconceptions, argue, and increase the range of their knowledge and skills. Extreme provides a unique forum where technical ideas can be communicated, explained, examined, and refined.

Conference papers have undergone extensive peer review - and revision based on that review - to ensure the highest technical quality. Eight slots on the program have been saved for late-breaking news: material that is developing and changing too rapidly for the results to be reported in time for peer review.

Extreme reaches the philosophical heights (markup and semantics, the limitations of the descriptive/procedural distinction, and what we lose by modeling data as an ordered hierarchy of content objects); plumbs the practical depths (using UML to define XML document types, XSL stylesheet generation, managing web relationships); and embraces the hottest topics (what is and should be the relationship between Topic Maps and RDF). Overviews for managers and introductions for beginners are absent by design.

"Some of the Extreme material is seriously geek-to-geek," admitted Usdin.

GCA is the leading global membership organization for advancing the processes of information interoperability and dissemination of knowledge. GCA's more than 300 member companies represent all segments of the information technology, publishing, and electronic commerce industries. For more information on GCA conferences and programs, visit us at or contact Vice President of Communications Pete Janhunen at 703/519-8190 or at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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