Cover Pages Newsletter March 25, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                        March 25, 2003

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NIST HumanID Evaluation Framework Uses XML for Biometrics.
NIST has published results for vendor testing of facial recognition
technology. The NIST HumanID Evaluation Framework (HEF) is an effort
to design, implement, and deploy standards for documentation of the
biometric system evaluation process. It provides a suite of XML
vocabularies for the inputs to, and outputs of, recognition systems.
XML Schemas define formats for describing identification,
verification, and watchlist scenarios.

W3C Publishes Recommendations for the XML Pointer Language (XPointer).
Three specifications from the W3C XML Linking Working Group have been
released as W3C Recommendations, supporting a standardized method for
addressing into portions of XML documents. "XPointer Framework",
"XPointer element() Scheme", and "XPointer xmlns() Scheme" are
intended to address a core subset of the original XPointer
requirements, and to serve as all or a foundational part of a fragment
identifier syntax for the XML Media types.

W3C Releases Proposed Royalty-Free Patent Policy for Review.
W3C has issued "Patent Policy Working Group Royalty-Free Patent
Policy" as a W3C Proposed Policy and invites public comment through
30-April-2003. A final policy incorporating feedback is expected in
May 2003. The Royalty-Free Patent Policy governs the handling of
patents in the process of producing Web standards. The goal of this
policy is to assure that Recommendations produced under the policy can
be implemented on a Royalty-Free (RF) basis.

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

"VXML and VoIP Boost Customer Satisfaction. Quickly ID Your Callers
Via These Two Technologies." By Veronika Megler (Certified Consulting
IT Architect, Emerging and Competitive Markets, IBM). From IBM
developerWorks, Wireless. March 2003. The author demonstrates how to
combine VXML and VoIP with the information inherent in a telephone
call to identify both the caller and the number being called.
"Squeezing SOAP. GZIP Enabling Apache Axis." By Brian D. Goodman (IT
Architect, IBM Intranet Technology, IBM). From IBM developerWorks, Web
services. March 2003. Some of the current SOAP implementations don't
take advantage of GZIP, which can provide a performance boost for Web
service solutions.
"W3C Boosts XML Document Referencing. Specific Information Citable."
By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (March 25, 2003). W3C has issued its XML
Pointer Language (XPointer) Recommendation, providing a lightweight,
extensible model for identifying parts of XML documents.
"Composite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP): Structure and
Vocabularies." Edited by Graham Klyne (Nine by Nine), Franklin
Reynolds (Nokia Research Center) Chris Woodrow (Information
Architects), Hidetaka Ohto (W3C/Panasonic), Johan Hjelm (Ericsson),
Mark H. Butler (Hewlett-Packard), and Luu Tran (Sun Microsystems).
Produced by the W3C CC/PP Working Group as part of the W3C Device
Independence Activity. W3C [Last Call] Working Draft 25-March-2003.
This document describes CC/PP (Composite Capabilities/Preference
Profiles) structure and vocabularies. A CC/PP profile is a description
of device capabilities and user preferences that can be used to guide
the adaptation of content presented to that device.
"Microsoft Office Word 2003 Beta 2 Preview. Part 1 of 2." By Siew Moi
Khor (Microsoft Corporation). In Microsoft MSDN Library. March 2003.
The article provides high-level preview of the latest features of Word
2003 Beta 2: Extensible Markup Language (XML) support; Smart Document
solutions; Research library.
"Product Review: Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2." By Gregg Keizer. In
ZDNet (March 24, 2003). Most Office enhancements benefit large-scale
setups; corporate intranets will get a lot out of the suite's new XML
"Sun Attacks Microsoft XML Strategy Shift." By David Worthington. From
BetaNews (March 24, 2003). Sun Microsystems fired its first salvo at
Microsoft's upcoming Office 2003 by calling into question the aim of
Redmond's overall XML strategy.
"Proposed Infoset Addendum to SOAP Messages with Attachments." By Adam
Bosworth (BEA), Don Box (Microsoft), Martin Gudgin (Microsoft), Mark
Jones (AT&T), Franz-Josef Fritz (SAP), Amy Lewis (Tibco), Jean-Jacques
Moreau (Canon), Mark Nottingham (BEA), David Orchard (BEA), Hervé
Ruellan (Canon Jeffrey Schlimmer (Microsoft), Volker Wiechers (SAP).
Copyright BEA Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. 24-March-2003.
Version 0.6 Draft. 22 pages. The specification defines a small number
of XML and SOAP conventions that clarify an earlier proposal and
collectively allow opaque data and web references to be used in an
Infoset-based messaging model.
"Achieving Application Coordination With Business Transaction
Management Software." Choreology White Paper. 7 pages. The main
purpose of an application coordination product is to ease, cheapen and
standardize the elimination of inconsistencies in information held in
different systems; we have identified four key patterns or models
where application coordination is applicable.
"W3C Spec Labels XML Parts." By Paul Festa. In CNET (March
25, 2003). The World Wide Web Consortium has issued XPointer in three
"RSS 0.91, 0.92 and 2.0 Really Simple Syndication." By Ben Hammersley.
Chapter 4 in Content Syndication with RSS: Sharing Headlines and
Information Using XML. March 2003. 19 pages. RSS (RDF Site Summary,
Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based
format that allows web developers to describe and syndicate web site
"Leverage XSLT to Build Applications. Moving Beyond Format
Transformations to Multi-Tiered Solutions." By Chen Shu, Nianjun Zhou,
and Dikran S Meliksetian (IBM). From IBM developerWorks, XML zone.
March 25, 2003. The article describes a methodology for building an
XML-based, end-to-end, multi-tiered solution by leveraging XSLT
"XML Gathers Momentum. New Standard Makes The Language Useful, Helps
Simplify Access-Control Policies." By Michael Hardy. In Federal
Computer Week (March 24, 2003). "Extensible Markup Language has become
a pervasive force in applications in which computers share data or
"Physics Institute Turns To Web Services." By Tony Kontzer. In
InformationWeek (March 24, 2003). The American Institute of Physics
turns to eMeta's software to take a new approach to delivering its
"Agencies Work E-Gov Health Standards." By Sara Michael. In Federal
Computer Week (March 24, 2003). Several US agencies are coordinating
the use of the first set of uniform standards for the electronic
exchange of health information to be used across the federal
"CERT, Feds Consider New Reporting Process." By Dennis Fisher. In
eWEEK (March 24, 2003). Government officials and private organizations
alike are reviewing their vulnerability disclosure processes after
several incidents over the past 10 days exposed major shortcomings in
the way new bugs are handled.,3959,967586,00.asp
"Environment, Behavior, and Scripting. Developers are Better When
'Multilingual'." By Jon Udell. In InfoWorld (March 21, 2003). We cling
to the notion that developers need to master only one programming
language, but this notion has never been true.
"KyTek Beefs Up XML Support. New Version of XMLxt Makes it Easier to
Mate XPress and XML. [Print Workflow.]" By George Alexander. In The
Seybold Report Volume 2, Number 23 (March 24, 2003). ISSN: 1533-9211.
KyTek has just released version 4.0 of its XMLxt, an XTension for
composing Quark documents from XML files.
"A Personal Version of XML, Courtesy of Netomat." By Erin Joyce. In (March 24, 2003). As the adoption of Extensible
Markup Language (XML) spreads to corporate networks, helping computers
speak to each other more efficiently over the Web, what about XML for
"The First Taste of Liberty. Sign On Once, Log In Everywhere." By
Frank Sommers. In Java World (March 21, 2003). This article explores
how Liberty helps federate a user's identities from different service
providers and uses that federated network identity to authenticate a
user to many Web-accessible services.
"Web Services Reliable Messaging Protocol." By Peter Abrahams. In IT- (March 24, 2003). Discussion of the Web Services
Reliability specification and Web Services Reliable Messaging Protocol
specification: the two specifications address the same issue of how to
ensure delivery of messages from one web service to another.
"Taming Web Services. Emerging Technologies May Bring Order to XML-
Based Integration." By John Moore. In Federal Computer Week (March 21,
2003). In recent months, Web services have begun to sprout in the
federal sector.
"What's in a Topic Map?" By Michael Classen. From
(March 24, 2003). This installment tries to explain topic maps with
examples taken from our daily lives. Topics maps revolve around three
basic concepts: Topics, Associations, and Occurrences.
"Towards Modular Access to Electronic Handbooks." By Caterina
Caracciolo (Language & Inference Technology Group, University of
Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). In Journal of Digital
Information Volume 3, Issue 4 (February 19, 2003). The paper reports
an ongoing project Logic and Language Links (LoLaLi) aimed at
providing an exemplary architecture for an electronic dissemination
environment for scientific handbooks.
"W3C Patent Policy Draft." By Tim Bray. In ongoing (March 19, 2003).
The latest W3C draft, published today, is a landmark. You can't
possibly imagine the number of hours of hard thinking and nasty
wrangling that have gone into producing it.
"Using WSDL in a UDDI Registry, Version 2.0." Edited by Anne Thomas
Manes and Tony Rogers. Technical Note produced for the OASIS UDDI
Specifications TC. The TN defines a new approach to using WSDL in a
UDDI Registry.
"Mozilla Tightens Up." By Jim Rapoza. In eWEEK (March 20, 2003).
Version 1.3 of the browser adds many useful new features, including
some effective anti-spam features in the mail client.,3959,956371,00.asp
"Standards: Optional Features or Law?" By Dimitris Dimitriadis. From (March 19, 2003). The author ponders how software implementers
can best be induced to create software that conforms to web standards;
it seems that even involvement with a standard's creation isn't enough
to motivate some software companies to implement it.
"The Road to XHTML 2.0: MIME Types." By Mark Pilgrim. From
(March 19, 2003). Pilgrim explores the role of MIME types in migrating
to the latest version of HTML.
"An XML Hero Reconsiders?" By Kendall Grant Clark. From (March
19, 2003). Clark takes a look at Tim Bray's essay on XML programming
and the reaction the essay received from the XML-DEV community.
"Java Business Integration (JBI)." JSR [Java Specification Request]
#208. Specification Lead: Mark Hapner (Sun Microsystems, Inc). This
JSR extends J2EE with business integration SPIs (Service Provider
Interfaces). JBI extends J2EE with business integration SPIs; these
SPIs enable the creation of a Java business integration environment
for specifications such as WSCI, BPEL4WS and the W3C Choreography
Working Group.
"Update: Sun Plugs Developer Pack, Specs. Delayed Software Aimed at
Web Services Developers." By James Niccolai. In InfoWorld (March 18,
2003). The Sun ONE Studio integrated development environment with its
portlet builder and other tools aims to provide all the Sun software a
developer would need to build Web services.
"JCP Watch: Business Processes, More XML Support and Enhanced Java
Platform Support on Small Devices." By Apu Shah. From
(March 12, 2003). New specifications providing Java with business
process integration and workflow APIs have been proposed along with a
proposal for the next generation of the Java API's for XML Processing.
"Tip: Use Internal References in XML Vocabularies. Minimize Repetition
and Resulting Errors with ID Types and In-Line XPath Queries." By Uche
Ogbuji (Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc). From IBM
developerWorks, XML zone. March 2003. In some cases, you can avoid
repeating identical data fields by using internal references from one
field to another.
"Tip: SAX Filters for Flexible Processing. Create a Chain of XML
Processes." By Uche Ogbuji (Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc).
From IBM developerWorks, XML zone. March 2003. SAX filters allow you
to construct complex XML processing behaviors from simple, independent
"W3C Seeks Royalty-Free Standards. Final Review Of Draft Begins." By
Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (March 19, 2003). Looking to formalize its
royalty-free standards position in May, the World Wide Web Consortium
on Wednesday began the final review period for its patent policy.
"W3C Unveils Its Patent [Policy] Plans." By Lisa M. Bowman. In CNET (March 19, 2003). The World Wide Web Consortium has released
what it hopes will be the final draft of its patent policy as it tries
to create a mostly royalty-free environment for Web standards
"Sun Aims to Simplify Java." By Martin LaMonica. In CNET
(March 19, 2003). Sun Microsystems, hoping to build support for its
Java software, on Wednesday announced new tools and a plan to simplify
software development.

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

"Phaos Releases Toolkit to Meet Liberty Alliance 1.1 Specifications,
Increases Liberty Alliance Involvement as Sponsor Member. Phaos
Technology Enables Java Developers to Adhere to Updated Sign-on
Authentication and Authorization Specifications."

"Commerce's NIST Reports Significant Advances Made in Facial
Recognition Technology."

"VeriSign Expands Lawful Intercept Service to Wireless Packet Data.
VeriSign Demonstrates Benefits of NetDiscovery Service for Carriers
with GPRS, CDMA 1x Packet Data Networks at CTIA Wireless 2003."

"World Wide Web Consortium Issues Draft of Patent Policy. Final Public
and Member Reviews of Royalty-Free Draft to Start Today."

"Veridocs Announces Availability of XMLdocs Version 1 with New
'Template Designer' Feature. Hosted System Provides Affordable, Easy-
to-Use XML Document Authoring and Management. New Template
Capabilities Add Even More Flexibility, Customization Options."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

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

DAMA International Symposium & Wilshire Meta-Data Conference.  The 7th
Annual Wilshire Meta-Data Conference and the 15th Annual DAMA
International Symposium.  April 27 - May 1, 2003. Renaissance Orlando
Resort at Seaworld, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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

VoiceXML Users Group Spring Meeting 2003. March 31 - April 03, 2003.
Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California, USA.

IUC 23.  Twenty-third International Unicode Conference.  "Unicode,
Internationalization and the Web: The Global Connection."  March
24 - 28, 2003.  Marriott Prague Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic.

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