Cover Pages Newsletter November 12, 2002

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                        November 12, 2002

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W3C XForms 1.0 Advances to Candidate Recommendation Status.
The W3C XForms Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation
version of the "XForms 1.0" specification. XForms 1.0 provides a new
platform-independent markup language for online interaction between a
person (through an XForms Processor) and another, usually remote,
agent. XForms is an XML application that separates the XForms model,
instance data, and user interface, providing a next generation design
for forms on the Web.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Version 1.0 an OASIS Open
The OASIS membership has voted to approve version 1.0 of the Security
Assertion Markup Language (SAML) as an OASIS standard. SAML is an XML-
based framework for Web services that allows the exchange of
authentication and authorization information among business partners.
It incorporates XML Signature, XML Encryption, and SOAP, enabling Web-
based security interoperability functions such as single sign-on
across multiple web sites.

Processing XML with Java: A Guide to SAX, DOM, JDOM, JAXP, and TrAX.
Addison-Wesley has published Elliotte Rusty Harold's substantial
volume "Processing XML with Java: A Guide to SAX, DOM, JDOM, JAXP, and
TrAX." The full text is also provided online by the author. Written
for Java programmers who want to integrate XML into their systems,
this practical, comprehensive guide and reference provides in-depth
discussions on the key XML APIs used to create and manipulate XML
files with Java.

OASIS Members Form Tax XML Technical Committee.
An OASIS 'Tax XML' TC is being formed to develop a common vocabulary
that will allow participants to unambiguously identify the tax related
information exchanged within a particular business context. The Tax
XML TC will first create a framework for ongoing development of a
robust Tax vocabulary, with XML artifacts and a repository for
managing these definitions. Gregory Carson (US Internal Revenue
Service) is the interim TC Chair.

W3C Publishes XML-Signature XPath Filter 2.0 as W3C Recommendation.
The "XML-Signature XPath Filter 2.0" specification from the IETF/W3C
XML Signature Working Group has been published as a W3C
Recommendation. It defines a new XML Signature transform to provide a
more efficient method for computing a portion of a document to be
signed. The "XML Signature" Recommendation defines a standard means
for specifying information content to be digitally signed and for
representing the resulting digital signatures in XML.

OpenI18N Announces Common XML Locale Specification.
An announcement from OpenI18N (the Free Standards Group Open
Internationalization Initiative) describes the release of an XML
specification for common XML locale data. The Common XML Locale
Repository project has designed a general XML format for the exchange
of culturally sensitive (locale) information for use in application
and system development. A Locale Data Markup Language specification
defines an XML vocabulary for locale data exchange.

W3C Publishes Guide to the Web Ontology Language (OWL)
The W3C Web Ontology Working Group has produced a Version 1.0 working
draft document "Web Ontology Language (OWL) Guide" documenting key
concepts and uses of the OWL language. Building on the foundations of
the "DAML+OIL" specification, the Web Ontology Language (OWL) is
intended to provide a data-semantics language that can be used to
describe the classes and relations between them that are inherent in
Web documents and applications.

Public Review for OASIS Extensible Access Control Markup Language
(XACML) Specification
The OASIS Extensible Access Control Markup Language Technical
Committee recently approved a version 1.0 Committee Specification for
the XACML specification and voted to move the document forward for
standardization. The motivation behind XACML is to express well-
established ideas in the field of access-control policy using an
extension language of XML. The XACML specification defines an XML
schema consistent with this goal.

IEEE Computer Special Issue on Web Services Computing
The IEEE Computer Society has issued a call for papers in connection
with a special issue of 'IEEE Computer' dedicated to Web Services
Computing. IEEE invites articles relating to integration architectures
for Web Services and/or application case studies that use Web Services
technology. The issue will be guest edited by co-chairs of the IEEE
Computer Society Task Force on Electronic Commerce (TFEC). Papers are
due January 15, 2003.

Selected Articles and Papers
Selections of abstracted and annotated articles/clippings at:

"Using P3P to Negotiate Access Rights to User Profiles " By Wolfgang
Woerndl (Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany). A
Position Paper prepared for the W3C Workshop on the Future of P3P
(November 12-13, 2002).
"Why is P3P Not a PET?" By Ruchika Agrawal (Electronic Privacy
Information Center - EPIC). A Position Paper prepared for the W3C
Workshop on the Future of P3P (November 12-13, 2002).
"A Technical Analysis of Problems With P3P v1.0 and Possible
Solutions." By Giles Hogben (Joint Research Center of the European
Commission). A Position Paper prepared for the W3C Workshop on the
Future of P3P (November 12-13, 2002).
"Securely Available Credentials Protocol." Edited by Stephen Farrell
(Baltimore Technologies). IETF Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-ietf-
sacred-protocol-bss-04.txt'. November 2002. Appendix A: XML Schema.
"Take Advantage of Existing External XML Schemas with a Custom Import
Framework in ASP.NET." By Scott Short. In MSDN Magazine Volume 17,
Number 12 (December 2002).
"Sending Files, Attachments, and SOAP Messages Via Direct Internet
Message Encapsulation." By Jeannine Hall Gailey. In MSDN Magazine
Volume 17, Number 12 (December 2002).
"Place XML Message Design Ahead of Schema Planning to Improve Web
Service Interoperability." By Yasser Shohoud. In MSDN Magazine Volume
17, Number 12 (December 2002).
"Integrate Enterprise Applications with Web Services and J2EE. Combine
These Enterprise Technologies to Ease EAI." By Daniela Rudrof (IT
Specialist, IBM Security Operations) and Andre Tost (Solution
Architect, IBM WebSphere Business Development Group). From IBM
developerWorks, Web services. November 2002.
"Web Ontology Language (OWL) Abstract Syntax and Semantics." W3C
Working Draft 8-November-2002. Edited by Peter F. Patel-Schneider
(Bell Labs Research), Patrick Hayes (IHMC, University of West
Florida), Ian Horrocks (Department of Computer Science, University of
Manchester), Frank van Harmelen (Department of Artificial
Intelligence, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Produced by the W3C Web
Ontology Working Group.
"Ontology Building: A Survey of Editing Tools." By Michael Denny. From November 06, 2002.
"Standards for Electronic Instructional Materials." By Alan Kotok.
From November 06, 2002.
"Automatic Numbering, Part 1." By Bob DuCharme. From November
06, 2002.
"Corel Simplifies SoftQuad XMetaL Administration." By Mark Walter. In
The Seybold Report Volume 2, Number 15 (November 11, 2002).
"Vignette's Complex System Grows Larger in V7. Introduces 'low-end'
packaging but retains positions as premier supplier of Web-centric
content management." By Luke Cavanagh and Mark Walter. In The Seybold
Report Volume 2, Number 15 (November 11, 2002).
"XML Zooms Onto Government Tech Agenda." By Lia Steakley. In Wired
News (November 11, 2002).,1283,56287,00.html
"GIS Group Advances Info-Sharing Project. Open GIS Consortium, Census
Bureau Work on Prototypes for Sharing Geospatial Data." By Brian
Robinson. In Federal Computer Week (November 10, 2002).
"XML Data Islands and Persistence in ASP.NET." By Rahul Guha (Senior
Software Engineer, Intel e-Business Architecture Group). Intel
Technical Report. November 2002. 12 pages.
"SAML Approval Brings Secure Web Services a Step Closer." By Ray
Wagner, John Pescatore, and Terry Allan Hicks. From Gartner News
Analysis. Gartner FirstTake, #FT-18-7741. 7-November-2002.
"Interactive Dialog Among Governments, Business Sector and Civil
Society." By Patrick J. Gannon (President & CEO, OASIS). Presented at
the WSIS Pan-European Regional Conference Plenary Meeting, Bucharest,
Romania, November 7-9, 2002.
"Web Services Standardization Advances." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld
(November 08, 2002).
"Plan to Use XML Namespaces, Part 1. The Best Ways to Use XML
Namespaces to Your Advantage." By David Marston (Engineer, IBM
Research). From IBM developerWorks, XML Zone. November 2002.
"Make Your XML RDF-Friendly." By Bob DuCharme and John Cowan. From October 30, 2002.
"Community and Specifications." By Kendall Grant Clark. From
October 30, 2002.
"XML and Web Sites." By John E. Simpson. From October 30,
"Straight-Through Processing and Orchestration of Web Services. A
Paradigm to Achieve Internal and External STP." By Gunjan Samtani and
Doron Sherman. In Web Services Journal Volume 2 Issue 11 (November
2002), pages 10-14.
"Sun ONE Architecture: Why Care? All the Standards, Technologies, and
Products Needed to Support the Pioneering Web Services That Are Being
Built Today." By Karen Thure and Frank Lacombe (KnowledgeTree Systems
Inc). In Web Services Journal Volume 2 Issue 11 (November 2002), pages
Web Services Security, Part II. The Key is Unification." By Lakshmi
Hanspal (Quadrasis - Hitachi Computer Products). "In Web Services
Journal Volume 2 Issue 11 (November 2002), pages 18-21.
"Multimodal Browser Extension for MSIE."
"SchemaViewer 1.0 for W3C XML Schema Documents."
"IEEE MSE 2002 Track on Web Services and Multimedia."

Selected from the Press
Selected references for abstracted and annotated industry news at:

"World Wide Web Consortium Publishes XForms 1.0 as a W3C Candidate
Recommendation. W3C's Next-generation Forms Technology Ready for
"Novell to Provide Visual Application Development Tools Based on
Emerging XForms Standard."
"PureEdge Announces Support for XForms. Internet Commerce System to
Provide Secure 'Wrapper' for Auditable XForms Transactions."
"Worldwide Sports Data Language Is Launched."
"IETF Approves XMPP Working Group. Jabber-Based Open Instant Messaging
and Presence Technology on Internet Standards Track."
"Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Ratified as OASIS Open
Standard. Authentication and Authorization Standard Enables Single
Sign-On for Web Services."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

IEEE Conference on E-Commerce (CEC 2003). June 24-27, 2003. Newport
Beach, California, USA.
Web Services and Multimedia. Special Track, Fourth IEEE International
Symposium on Multimedia Software Engineering (MSE 2002).  December
11-13, 2002. Newport Beach Marriott, Newport Beach, California,
2002 XML Japan Conference and Developers Day.  November 28-30, 2002.
Aoyama TEPIA, Tokyo, Japan.
W3C Workshop on the Future of P3P.  November 12-13, 2002.  Dulles
Campus of America Online, Dulles, VA, USA.
LRC 2002.  eContent Localisation Conference and Industry Showcase.
Seventh Annual Localisation Conference.  November 12-13, 2002.
O'Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Ireland.

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