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News FromGraphic Communications Association


Issued March 24, 1998

Press inquiries: Contact Don Thieme
+1 703-519-8190

(Alexandria, VA) — The Graphic Communications Association (GCA) states it will conduct its SGML/XML Japan '98 conference, September 30 - October 2, 1998 at the Nippon Convention Center, Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan. SGML/XML Japan '98 will include an Exposition in conjunction with the World PC Expo '98, operated by Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP).

"In the tradition of the growing US and European events, GCA will provide the educational forum to introduce the benefits of the XML and SGML technologies and applications to Japan," says Marion Elledge, vice president, Information Technologies, GCA. "Working in cooperation with the Nikkei BP will enhance the visibility for XML and SGML in this region of the world."

World PC Expo '98 is the largest Information Technologies exposition in Asia. Attendance in 1998 is expected to climb over the 500,000 mark with over 600 exhibitors on the show floor. A portion of the show floor in '98 will feature the SGML/XML Pavilion sponsored by GCA and OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards). Leading vendors of SGML and XML technologies from around the world are expected to participate.

"This is an excellent opportunity for members of OASIS to introduce products in a growing market and to showcase tools that focus on unique Asian structured information management issues," says Robin Tomlin, executive director, OASIS.

The GCA was formed in 1966 to help member companies apply the latest computer-related technologies to all forms of print and electronic publishing. GCA has grown to a world-wide membership organization and is recognized as the leading organization for education and resources on the topics of SGML, XML, and related standards as they apply to publishing and corporate information management. GCA annually holds events in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

OASIS is a nonprofit, international consortium of users and suppliers whose products and services support SGML and XML, today's most viable standards for document and data interchange, especially in the mainstream information technology market.

Nikkei BP is Japan's leading name in business, technical, service, and special interest computer consumer magazines. With a combined circulation of nearly 1,800,000 as certified by Japan, its 33 magazines, plural Web sites, numerous book titles, and media of affiliated companies cover topics ranging from computers and electronics to architecture and health care. Nikkei BP is a 100% subsidiary of Nikkei, publishers of Japan's #1 business daily newspaper, Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

For more information on SGML/XML Japan '98 watch the GCA Web site, www.gca.org, or call +1 703/ 519-8193 or e-mail: info@gca.org.

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