Cover Pages Newsletter February 18, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                        February 18, 2003

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Sun Microsystems Releases Open Source XACML Implementation for Access
Control and Security.
Sun Microsystems Laboratories has published an open source implementation
for the Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) specification,
recently approved as an OASIS Open Standard.  XACML describes both an
access control policy language and a request/response language to
support secure web services. The Sun XACML project provides complete
support for all the mandatory features of XACML as well as a number of
optional features.

W3C Publishes Working Draft Specifications for Full-Text Search.
W3C has released two initial working drafts for Full-Text queries.
"XQuery and XPath Full-Text Requirements" and "XQuery and XPath Full-
Text Use Cases" have been produced as part of the W3C XML Activity.
'Full-Text Search' in this context involves an extension to the
XQuery/XPath language. It provides a way to query text which has been
marked up and then tokenized, i.e., broken into a sequence of words,
units of punctuation, and spaces.

Education XML Technical Committee Formed at OASIS.
OASIS has announced the formation of an Education XML Technical
Committee to support eLearning standards for the international PK12
community, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The primary
deliverables of the Education XML TC are the documentation of a
coordinated set of PK12 requirements, which will enable the
development of XML vocabularies, schema, and web services interfaces
for implementation of eLearning infrastructure.

IMS Global Learning Consortium Releases Learning Design and Digital
Repositories Specifications.
Version 1.0 specifications for "IMS Learning Design" and "IMS Digital
Repositories" have been published by the IMS Global Learning
Consortium. IMS uses XML-Schemas as the primary control documents for
the IMS XML bindings. IMS develops open specifications to facilitate
online distributed learning activities: locating educational content,
reporting learner performance, and exchanging student records between
administrative systems.

OASIS Members Form Technical Committee for Web Services Reliable
OASIS has announced a new Web Services Reliable Messaging TC, formed
with the goal of creating a generic and open model for ensuring
reliable message delivery for Web services. The TC's royalty-free
technical specification will address issues of message persistence,
message acknowledgement and resending, elimination of duplicate
messages, ordered delivery of messages, and delivery status awareness
for sender and receiver applications.

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

"Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) Version 1.0."
Edited by Simon Godik (Overxeer) and Tim Moses (Entrust). Official
(normative) OASIS Open Standard, 1.0. 18-February-2003. Produced by
the OASIS Extensible Access Control Markup Language TC. 132 pages. XML
Schema Definitions in associated files. XACML is a general XML-based
access-control policy language.
"A Revolution in Business Process Management?" By Dan Farber. In ZDNet
Tech Update (February 17, 2003). Intalio may have cracked the code for
ridding BPM of its rough edges and steep costs.,14179,2911035,00.html
"Old School. 18th Century Theory is New Force in Computing." By
Michael Kanellos. In CNET (February 18, 2003). Google and
Autonomy both employ probabilistic Bayesian principles and heuristics
in data searches.
"CSS3 Module: Color." Edited by Tantek Celik (Microsoft Corporation)
and Chris Lilley (W3C). With contributions by Steven Pemberton (CWI)
and Brad Pettit (Microsoft Corporation). W3C Working Draft 14-
February-2003. URL:
The draft describes color units and properties uses to specify
foreground color and opacity, color profiles, and rendering intent;
changes reflect a goal of harmonizing CSS with SVG 1.0.
"Getting XML Into, and Out of, Quark XPress. Interactive Approach,
Clean User Interface Distinguish Easypress RoundTrip. [Content
Management.]" By George Alexander and Mark Walter. In The Seybold
Report Volume 2, Number 21 (February 17, 2003). ISSN: 1533-9211.
Critical review of Easypress Technologies' RoundTrip, which uses
Quark's hidden-text feature to store XML structure within XPress
"XML Standard Set for Secure Web Services." By Michael Hardy. In
Federal Computer Week (February 18, 2003). Extensible Access Control
Markup Language (XACML) approved as an OASIS open standard.
"Sun Hails XACML." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (February 18, 2003).
Sun Microsystems releases open source implementation for the OASIS
Open standard Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML).
"XMLCONF Configuration Protocol." Edited by Rob Enns (Juniper
Networks). With contributions by Andy Bierman (Cisco Systems), Ken
Crozier (Cisco Systems), Ted Goddard (Wind River), Eliot Lear (Cisco
Systems), David Perkins (Riverstone Networks), Phil Shafer (Juniper
Networks), Steve Waldbusser, and Margaret Wasserman (Wind River). IETF
Network Working Group, Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-enns-xmlconf-
spec-00'. February 12, 2003, expires August 13, 2003. 78 pages.
Defines standardized mechanisms in XML to manipulate, install, edit,
and delete the configuration of a network device.
"Web Services Reliability Specification Moves to OASIS. Oracle, Sun,
Others Back Effort." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (February 14, 2003).
"E-learning Hits Web Services Books. E-learning Standards Take Shape."
By [InfoWorld Staff]. In InfoWorld (February 15, 2003). e-learning
platforms and content evolve toward open standards.
"Business Process Integration with IBM CrossWorlds. Part 3:
Automatically Externalize Web Services with WebSphere Business
Connection." By Rob Cutlip (Software and Solutions Architect, IBM).
From IBM developerWorks, IBM developer solutions. January 2003.
WebSphere Business Connection offerings provide scalable, B2B gateway
function, and they exploit cutting-edge technologies, including WSIF,
"SOAP Extension Soup." By Roger Jennings. In XML & Web Services
Magazine (January 31, 2003). Discusses the current state of proposed
Web service extension 'standards, including WS-Reliability.
"Get Small with Wireless Messaging and Mobile Media. Two New J2ME APIs
Intend to Deliver on The Promise of Easier Software Development for
Small Mobile Devices." By Daniel F. Savarese. In JavaPro Magazine
(March 2003).
"Exposing Information Resources for E-Learning. Harvesting and
Searching IMS Metadata Using the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
and Z39.50." By Andy Powell (UKOLN, University of Bath) and Steven
Richardson (UMIST). In Ariadne Issue 34 (January 14, 2003).
"XML Database Indexes Unstructured Data." By Lisa Vaas. In eWEEK
(February 10, 2003).,3959,882573,00.asp
"Cost Would Mute the Effect of XML Standards for Emergency Workers."
By Rich Mogull (Gartner Research). Gartner FirstTake. 12-
February-2003. Reference: FT-19-4330. 2 pages. Comments on the OASIS
Emergency Management Technical Committee.
"Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM) Specifications and Description
Document." Edited by David Webber. Draft Version 1.0. Produced by the
OASIS Content Assembly Mechanism Technical Committee. 69 pages. The
source ZIP archive provides a draft XML DTD and XML Schema, as well as
a sample instance.
"XML at Five." By Edd Dumbill. From (February 12, 2003).
Reflections on XML after the first five years, from recognized
"Building Metadata Applications with RDF." By Bob DuCharme. From (February 12, 2003). Using the The Python RDFlib library.
"Simple XML Processing With elementtree." By Uche Ogbuji. From
(February 12, 2003). Elementtree is a pythonic way of processing XML.
"Is There a Consensus Web Services Stack?" By Kendall Grant Clark.
From (February 12, 2003). Debate on the 'web services stack'
and web services patents.
"XML-Based Programming Systems." By Gregory V. Wilson [WWW] (Baltimore
Technologies). In Dr. Dobb's Journal #346 Volume 28, Issue 3 (March
2003), pages 16-24. Special Issue on XML Development, edited by
Jonathan Erickson.
"XML Data Binding." By Eldon Metz and Allen Brookes. In Dr. Dobb's
Journal #346 Volume 28, Issue 3 (March 2003), pages 26-36.
"SVG and Smart Maps." By Keith Bugg (Knoxville Utilities Board
Geographic Information System - KGIS). In Dr. Dobb's Journal #346
Volume 28, Issue 3 (March 2003), pages 38-41. SVG can be used to
create 'smart maps' that, unlike static JPEG images, can be
dynamically updated, animated, and even searched.
"J2ME and Embedded Systems." By William Wright (BBN Technologies). In
Dr. Dobb's Journal #346 Volume 28, Issue 3 (March 2003), pages 54-58.
Use J2ME with aJile Systems' aJ-100 processor to build a network
security device.
"WS-I Sets Basic Profile for Interoperable Web Services." By Vance
McCarthy and Rob Cheng. In Integration Developer News (February 10,
"IRS Regroups On Business Filing." By Diane Frank. In Federal Computer
Week (February 12, 2003). Mary Ellen Corridore reports on processing
tax-specific XML forms at the Web-Enabling Government Conference.

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

"Sun Microsystems Laboratories Contributes XACML Security Standard
Implementation to Open Source Project. Language for Access Control
Policies Simplifies Web Services and Improves Enterprise Security."
"Roundtrip 1.0 Ships for Mac and Windows. Now XML Can Be Beautiful --
Single Source XML Publishing is Practical for the First Time in
"XACML Access Control Markup Language Ratified as OASIS Open Standard.
Universal Language for Authorization Policy Enables Secure Web
"Corel XMetaL 4 Now Available. The Corel XMetaL 4 Platform Extends the
Reach of XML Authoring to the Web and Delivers on the Promise of
Content Reuse."
"Intalio Ships Intalio|n3 2.0. New End-user Interactivity Combines
with Productivity, Performance, Standards Enhancements to Reinforce
Dominance of Company's BPMS."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

PODS 2003 Conference.  22nd ACM SIGACT-SIGMOD-SIGART Symposium on
Principles of Database Systems. June 9 - 12, 2003.  Town and Country
Hotel, San Diego, California, USA.

Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2003).  May
20 - 24, 2003. Budapest, Hungary.

XML Europe 2003 Conference & Exposition. "Powering the Information
Society."  May 5 - 8, 2003.  Hilton London Metropole, London, UK.

RSA Conference 2003.  April 13 - 17, 2003.  Moscone Center, San
Francisco, California, USA.

Cisco Learning Institute / OpenVES Spring 2003 Open eLearning
Conference.  March 16 - 19, 2003. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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