Cover Pages Newsletter May 27, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           May 27, 2003

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OASIS TC Approves Version 1.1 Specifications for Security Assertion
Markup Language (SAML).
OASIS has announced the approval of Version 1.1 Committee
Specifications for the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). The
30-day public review period begins 2003-05-28. SAML is an XML-based
framework for exchanging security information. The V1.1 release
includes the SAML XML Assertion and Protocol Schemas, along with prose
documentation: "Assertions and Protocol", "Bindings and Profiles",
"Security and Privacy Considerations", "Conformance Program
Specification", and "Glossary".

IBM Announces General Availability of DB2 Information Integrator V8.1.
IBM's new DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 provides the foundation for
a strategic information integration framework that helps customers to
access, manipulate, and integrate diverse and distributed information
in real time. The federated data server supports graphical tools for
configuration of data source access and definition of integrated views
across diverse, distributed data; XML schema can be automatically
mapped into relational schema.

Microsoft and ACORD Use InfoPath for Linking Insurance Forms to XML
Web Services.
A joint announcement from Microsoft ACORD describes an effort to
create a forms service that will link standardized insurance forms to
XML Web services. Electronic forms filled out once will be linked to
other forms, databases, back-end systems, and applications via XML Web
Services. A related announcement highlights Microsoft's support of
UNeDocs through InfoPath using a smart client for on-line and off-line
processing of XML forms.

Systinet to Provide UDDI Solution for PSN Global Directory of Digital
Photography Services.
The Common Picture eXchange Environment interoperability
specifications released by I3A are moving forward with support from
Systinet, recently selected to provide the UDDI registry for PSN's
Directory Service. Using CPXe XML/WSDL specs, the Picture Services
Network helps photographic device and software vendors give customers
easy access to a range of digital photography services through a
UDDI-based online registry of photo service providers.

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

"XMPP vs SIMPLE: The Race For Messaging Standards." By Cathleen Moore.
In InfoWorld (May 27, 2003). As IM bounds ahead in the enterprise, a
behind-the-scenes battle is taking place between competing IETF
standards. Which standard takes home the prize may depend less on
technical merits than on brute force. At the head of the competition
are SIMPLE (Session Initiation Protocol for Instant Messaging and
Presence Leveraging Extensions) and the open-source, XML-based XMPP
(Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol).
"XML Transactions for Web Services, Part 3." By Faheem Khan. From
O'Reilly (May 27, 2003). Part 3 in a series
explaining XML-based transactions. The author discusses the Business
Activity (BA) transaction; the BA specification is included in the
same WS-Transaction document that includes the AT specification.
"Caching XML Web Services for Mobility." By Douglas Terry (Microsoft
Research, Silicon Valley Lab) and Venugopalan Ramasubramanian (Cornell
University). In ACM Queue Volume 1, Number 3 (May 2003), pages 71-78.
Disconnected operations will likely be a problem for wireless
environments for some time to come. Can local HTTP caching provide a
way around such outages? The availability of Web services is a
significant concern to consumers using mobile devices and working in
different kinds of wireless and wired networks.
"XMLSec 1.0 Helps Ensure Multi-Platform WS-Security." By Vance
McCarthy. In Integration Developer News (May 27, 2003). Developers
have one more assurance that they will be able to implement WS-
Security across multiple platforms. The XML Security Library, an Open
Source implementation of W3C's XML Digital Signature and XML
Encryption (the core components of WS-Security), has released its
major 1.0 release to developers. It includes support for multiple
crypto engines, as well as OpenSSL, GnuTLS and NSS.
"Q&A: Walter Hamscher, XBRL International." By Erin Joyce. From (May 23, 2003). Interview. You could say that
PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant Walter Hamscher began his work with
the XML standards consortium XBRL International more than a few years
ago while he was working on his PhD in computer science at MIT. He was
working with artificial intelligence and needed some data to feed the
programs, but was frustrated by the lack of quality in formatting of
the financial data available to him. Years later he would help write
the first version of XBRL, or Extensible Business Reporting Language.
"XML Data Management: Information Modeling with XML. Book Excerpt
Offers Guidelines for Achieving Good Grammar and Style." By Chris
Brandin (Chief technology officer, NeoCore). From IBM developerWorks,
XML zone. May 27, 2003. An excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book XML Data
Management: Native XML and XML-Enabled Database Systems, co-edited by
developerWorks editor Akmal Chaudhri. Increasingly, XML has become the
means to model components of information systems, and those components
automatically construct themselves around what has been expressed in
"Introducing XUL - The Net's Biggest Secret: Part 1." By Harry Fuecks.
From SitePoint (May 21, 2003). Part 1 of a 3-part series. In one of
the Internet's quieter corners,, a revolution has been
taking place. A new XML format, called XUL (Extensible User Interface
Language), pronounced Zool is on the way to re-shaping what we know
about both the Internet, and desktop applications.
"WSDL Tales From The Trenches, Part 1." By Johan Peeters. From
O'Reilly (May 27, 2003). The core message of this
article series: write WSDL up front, do not generate it as an
afterthought, as is often suggested by vendors. Part 1 considers what
sound software engineering practice and distributed computing
experience offer to web service design.
"All Consuming Web Services." By Erik Benson. From O'Reilly (May 27, 2003). By taking small steps, first
consuming information from multiple web services, and then exposing
newly processed information via your own web services, we can begin to
build complex applications in our spare time, with very few resources
required up front.
"Adobe Ships New Acrobat Versions." By David Becker. From CNET (May 27, 2003). Software maker Adobe Systems has now released
new versions of its Acrobat electronic-publishing software. Version 6
of Acrobat splits the software into several versions, targeting
different classes of publishing professionals and regular office
"XML Matters: Kicking Back with RELAX NG, Part 3. Compact Syntax and
XML Syntax." By David Mertz, Ph.D. (Facilitator, Gnosis Software,
Inc). From IBM developerWorks, XML zone. May 14, 2003. The RELAX NG
compact syntax provides a much less verbose, and easier to read,
format for describing the same semantic constraints as RELAX NG XML
syntax. This article installment looks at tools for working with and
transforming between the two syntax forms.
"Government to Set Up ebXML-RosettaNet Link." By Kim Joon-bae. In
Korea IT Times (May 20, 2003). Two next-generation international e-
commerce standards, 'ebXML' and 'RosettaNet,' will soon become
interoperable, allowing the nation to take a leading role in linking
the two mainstay standards on the global level.
"APIs, Protocols, And Rogue Plumbers. Who Should Unclog the Web Pipes
to Keep Information Flowing?" By Jon Udell. In InfoWorld (May 23,
2003). The inexorable logic of Web services sets aside APIs in favor
of protocols. XML messages flowing through the pipes enact those
protocols. Anyone with authorized access to that plumbing will be able
to monitor and inject messages quite easily, and everyone will know
that's true.
"XHTML is the Most Important XML Vocabulary." By Kendall Grant Clark.
From (May 21, 2003). Taking the long view of recent
technology, XHTML may be the most important XML vocabulary ever
"XHTML 2.0." W3C Working Draft 6-May-2003. Edited by Jonny Axelsson
(Opera Software), Beth Epperson (Netscape/AOL), Masayasu Ishikawa
(W3C), Shane McCarron (Applied Testing and Technology), Ann Navarro
(WebGeek, Inc), and Steven Pemberton (CWI - HTML Working Group Chair).
With an early implementation in RELAX NG. XHTML 2 is a general purpose
markup language designed for representing documents for a wide range
of purposes across the World Wide Web. To this end it does not attempt
to be all things to all people, supplying every possible markup idiom,
but to supply a generally useful set of elements. It provides the
possibility of extension using the span and div elements in
combination with stylesheets.
"The Interview: Steven Pemberton." By Russell Dyer. From (May 21, 2003). Interview. At the top of the HTML hierarchy
stands Steven Pemberton, chair of the HTML working group of the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has had both subtle and profound
influences over the Web, not only in HTML standards, but in concepts
that permeate the Web.
"Demystifying XML in Microsoft Office 2003." By Tim Hickernell, John
Brand, Mike Gotta, David Yockelson, Andy Warzecha, and Steve Kleynhans
(META Group). META Group News Analysis. May 15, 2003. We believe the
inclusion of the XML enhancements in Office 2003 is more about
Microsoft preparing Office for a future role as an XML-capable front
end to any back-office system (Microsoft and non-Microsoft) than about
adding immediate value.
"Web Services Internationalization Usage Scenarios." W3C Working Draft
16-May-2003. Edited by Kentaroh Noji (IBM), Martin J. Dürst (W3C),
Addison Phillips (webMethods), Takao Suzuki (Microsoft), and Tex Texin
(XenCraft).  Also available in non-normative XML format. Produced by
the Web Services Internationalization Task Force of the W3C
Internationalization Working Group, as part of the W3C
Internationalization Activity. "The goal of the Web Services
Internationalization Task Force is to ensure that Web Services have
robust support for global use, including all of the world's languages
and cultures... this document examines the different ways that
language, culture, and related issues interact with Web Services
architecture and technology.
"DB2 Information Integrator Goes Live." By IT Analysis Staff. In The
Register (May 21, 2003). IBM has "published the packaging and pricing
of DB2 Information Integrator. The basic concept is predicated upon a
federated database approach in which multiple heterogeneous databases
appear to the user as if they were a single database.
"IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1". IBM Software Announcement
Letter. May 20, 2003. 19 pages. Referenced from the IBM DB2
Information Integration website. "IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1
is a new product from IBM that provides the foundation for a strategic
information integration framework that helps customers to access,
manipulate, and integrate diverse and distributed information in real
time. This new product enables businesses to abstract a common data
model across data and content sources.
"Microsoft Supporting UNeDocs Through Microsoft Office InfoPath. Smart
Client For On-Line And Off-Line Processing of XML Forms." By Zdenek
Jiricek (Public Sector Manager, Microsoft Eastern Europe). May 15,
2003. PDF from the 13 slides. From a presentation given at the May
2003 UNeDocs Seminar on electronic trade documents, held during the
United Nations Forum on Trade Facilitation. Jiricek identifies current
problems for trading and explains how Miscosoft InfoPath offers
relevant solutions in the UNeDocs context.
"UN XML Project Gets Microsoft Support. Aims to Make Electronic
Exchange of Business Documents Between Companies Cheaper." By Joris
Evers. In InfoWorld (May 16, 2003). A United Nations project that uses
XML to give small and medium-size companies an alternative to paper
forms when doing business across borders has won support from
Microsoft. At a UN conference in Geneva Microsoft demonstrated how the
product of the XML project called UNeDocs would work in Microsoft's
InfoPath application.
"W3C Makes Patent Ban Final." By Paul Festa and Lisa M. Bowman. In
CNET (May 21, 2003). The Web's leading standards body on
Tuesday finalized a patent policy banning the use of most royalty-
bearing technology in its technical recommendations, an issue that
sparked a clash between open-source advocates and software makers.
"BEA Gains Ally in Battle With IBM." By Martin LaMonica. In CNET (May 21, 2003). Software maker BEA Systems on Wednesday got a
boost in its ongoing application server battle with IBM through a
bundling deal with Hewlett-Packard.
"W3C Announces Royalty-Free Patent Policy." By Edd Dumbill. From (May 21, 2003). In a significant step to protect the
freedom to implement Web standards the W3C has announced the
publication of its patent policy. After long debate, the royalty-free
policy has been implemented as a result of widespread consensus.

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

"OASIS Works to Establish Classification Standards for Web Security

"Open GIS Consortium Releases Web Map Service Cookbook."

"XML for Analysis Council Gains Momentum and Added Industry Support.
Public Interoperability Event Showcases Industry Adoption and Support
of XMLA."

"ebXML Applications Demonstrated Live at London Conference."

"Microsoft, ACORD Link Insurance Forms to XML Web Services, Helping
Agents Enter Data Once and Share Data Across Their Businesses.
Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 to Help Insurance Industry Cut
Processing Time and Costs, Reduce Errors."

"Microsoft and ACORD to Link Insurance Forms to XML Web Services."

"Yellow Dragon Announces the General Availability of Yellow Dragon
Messaging 1.0. Secure and Reliable Messaging for Web Services and

Selected references from the events calendar at:

Burton Catalyst Conference North America 2003.  July 9 - 11, 2003.
San Francisco, California, USA.

W3C Workshop on the Long Term Future of P3P and Enterprise Privacy
Languages.  June 18 - 20, 2003. Multimedia Campus Kiel, Kiel
(Schleswig-Holstein), Germany.

EEMA 2003. EEMA Sixteenth Annual Conference. "Management and
Compatibility of Web Services: The Impact on Your Business."  June 16
- 18, 2002.  Prague, Czech Republic.

SVG Open 2003. July 13 - 18, 2003.  Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.

WebDB 2003.  Sixth International Workshop on The Web and Databases.
June 12 - 13, 2003.  San Diego, California, USA.

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