Cover Pages Newsletter July 29, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           July 29, 2003

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 Featured News Stories
 Selected Articles and Papers
 Selected from the Press
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Featured News Stories

Recently featured news stories from the Cover Pages news at: [Full abstract] [Brief summary] [RSS]

Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) for Transaction
A draft set of Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF)
specifications outlines an open, multi-level framework for standard
coordination of long-running business processes across multiple,
incompatible transaction processing models and architectures. The WS-
CAF proposal consists of three main specifications: Web Service
Context (WS-CTX), Web Service Coordination Framework (WS-CF), and Web
Service Transaction Management (WS-TXM).

New Scalable Vector Graphics 1.2 Working Draft Positions SVG as an
Application Platform.
W3C's updated "Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.2" Working Draft moves
SVG beyond an XML format for graphics, positioning it as an
application platform. New features include Rendering Custom Components
(RCC); Live Templates alternative; dSVG reference (a UI toolkit);
filter region extensions; SVGTimer interface; better network data
fetching; Document Simple Model (scripting without DOM); tooltips; an
experimental RelaxNG schema.

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

"Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) TC Submission: Web
Services Manageability." By Heather Kreger (IBM), Igor Sedukhin
(Computer Associates), and Mark Potts (Talking Blocks). July 24, 2003.
10 pages. Posted to the OASIS WSDM TC list by Ellen Stokes (IBM). The
Web Services Manageability specification design does not imply the
implementation of the manageability or the manager; it captures
manageability with XML and WSDL and is consistent with existing
standards based Web Service infrastructures.
"Introducing BPEL4WS 1.0. Building on WS-Transaction and WS-
Coordination." By Dr. Jim Webber and Dr. Mark Little (Arjuna
Technologies Limited). In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 8
(August 2003), pages 28-33. With source code and 3 figures. The value
of BPEL4WS is that if a business is the sum of its processes, the
orchestration and refinement of those processes is critical to an
enterprise's continued viability in the marketplace. This article
introduces the key features of BPEL4WS and shows how it builds on the
features offered by WS-Coordination and WS-Transaction.
"Double Standards." By Sean Rhody (WSJ Editor-in-Chief). In Web
Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 8 (August 2003), page 3. In June I
attended the JavaOne conference... and was reminded, once again, that
the lack of a single standards body is a serious roadblock to
implementation of Web services.
"Microsoft Brings Secure Web Services Closer." By John McIntosh. In (July 28, 2003). As the noise of secure communications
and identify management continues unabated and vendors clamour at the
door, Microsoft's recent announcement of Web Services Enhancements 2.0
might have been missed. WSE is potentially of deep significance for
the Web Services market and the security market.
"Using the WS-I Test Tools." By Yasser Shohoud (Microsoft). July 24,
2003. 18 minutes. Tutorial prepared as an MSDN TV Episode; the
presentations is played using the Microsoft Windows Media Player. The
Web Services Interoperability organization (WS-I) has published a
draft version of the Basic Profile Test Tools, including a Monitor
Tool and Analyzer Tool. Yasser Shohoud shows how to use these tools to
test your Web service for WS-I Basic Profile conformance.
"Understanding XML Digital Signature." By Rich Salz. In Microsoft MSDN
Library (July 30, 2003). This article looks at the XML Digital
Signature specification, explaining its processing model and some of
its capabilities. It also provides a low-level understanding of how
the WS-Security specification implements its message security feature.
"Sun's Proposed New Web Services Standards." By Charles Babcock. In
InformationWeek (July 39, 2003). A proposed set of specifications
called Web Services-Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) is
designed to take the guesswork and ambiguities out of how to
coordinate services from scattered systems into one composite
"XHTML-Print." Edited by Jim Bigelow (Hewlett-Packard). W3C Last Call
Working Draft, 29-July-2003. Produced by members of the W3C HTML
Working Group as part of the W3C HTML Activity. The Last Call review
period ends on 7-September-2003.  XHTML-Print is a member of the
family of XHTML Languages defined by the W3C Recommendation
Modularization of XHTML. It is designed to be appropriate for printing
from mobile devices to low-cost printers that might not have a full-
page buffer and that generally print from top-to-bottom and left-to-
right with the paper in a portrait orientation.
"Microsoft Plays Hiring Hardball." By Darryl K. Taft. In eWEEK Volume
20, Number 30 (July 28, 2003), pages 1, 16. Microsoft Corp. has been
paying top dollar for top talent in an effort to dominate the new
playing fields of XML and Web services; during the past 18 months the
company has gobbled up some of the best-known XML, Web services and
application development brains around.,3959,1204327,00.asp
"Sun, Oracle, Others Propose Transaction Specification Middleware
Vendors Publish Web Services Composite Applications Framework." By
James Niccolai and Peter Sayer. In InfoWorld (July 28, 2003). Sun
Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp., Fujitsu Software Corp., Iona
Technologies PLC and Arjuna Technologies Ltd. published the Web
Services Composite Applications Framework (WS-CAF), designed to solve
problems that arise when groups of Web services are used in
combination to complete a transaction or share information.
"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). W3C
Working Draft 28-July-2003. The 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; it is anticipated that different applications will use
different vocabularies.
"IBM To Update Portal With Document Management and Collaboration
Technology. New WebSphere Software to Ship Next Month." By Elizabeth
Montalbano. In CRN (July 28, 2003). IBM has unveiled an upcoming
version of its WebSphere portal that the company says has new
capabilities for document management and collaboration.
"Sun Proposes New Web Services Specifications." By Martin LaMonica. In
CNET (July 27, 2003). Sun Microsystems and a handful of
partners have announced they are seeking the approval of Web services
specifications for coordinating electronic transactions. WS-CAF, which
comprises three individual specifications, proposes a mechanism for
coordinating transactions across many machines in multistep business
"The Future of XML Documents and Relational Databases. As New Species
of XML Documents Are Emerging, Vendors Are Unveiling Increased RDBMS
Support for XML." By Jon Udell. In InfoWorld (July 25, 2003). Having
absorbed objects, the RDBMS vendors are now working hard to absorb XML
documents. XML clinches the argument for moving documents into
databases. As business documents morph from existing formats to XML,
it becomes possible to correlate the two flavors of data.
"Interwoven Unwraps Version 6. New Versions of Platform and Server
Offer Content Control for Business Users." By Cathleen Moore. In
InfoWorld (July 25, 2003). Content management vendor Interwoven has
launched new versions of its platform and content server with a new
customization framework dubbed 'ContentServices UI Toolkit'.
"Standards Stupidities and Tech's Future." By Charles Cooper. In CNet (July 25, 2003). The technology business may employ more
brainy people on a per capita basis than any industry in the world,
but when it comes to agreeing on technical standards, the behavior of
some of these very bright people more resembles the plot in 'Dumb and
"Eve Maler of Sun Microsystems Discusses the Future of Web Services
Security." By Janice J. Heiss. From (July 24, 2003).
Janice Heiss speaks to Sun Microsystems' Eve Maler, vice-chair of the
WS-I Basic Security Profile Working Group and currently coordinating
editor of the SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) Technical
Committee, seeking an update on the development of Web services
"Why Choose RSS 1.0?" By Tony Hammond. In News (July 23,
2003). RSS, a set of lightweight XML syndication technologies
primarily used for relaying news headlines, has been adapted to a wide
range of uses from sending out web site descriptions to disseminating
blogs. This article looks at a new application area for RSS:
syndicating tables of contents for serials publications.
"Extending RSS." By Danny Ayers. In News (July 23, 2003). The
boom of weblogs has boosted interest a family of applications known as
aggregators or newsreaders; currently the two major formats for these
data feeds are RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0. This article shows how the RDF
foundation of RSS 1.0 helps when you want to extend RSS 1.0 for uses
outside of strict news item syndication, and how existing RDF
vocabularies can be incorporated into RSS 1.0.
"HP Buys Swedish VoiceXML Company. HP to Expand OpenCall Unit With
Purchase of PipeBeach." By Gillian Law. In InfoWorld (July 23, 2003).
Hewlett-Packard plans to expand its OpenCall business unit with the
purchase of Swedish VoiceXML company PipeBeach. HP will integrate the
acquired interactive voice portal products into its OpenCall media
Selected from the Press
Selected references for abstracted and annotated industry news at:

"NetContinuum and SPI Dynamics Integrate Attack Prevention And
Application Vulnerability Assessment Technologies. First Integration
Between Independent Solutions Demonstrates Real-World Benefits of
Emerging AVDL Standard for Application Security Interoperability."

"MPEG Approves Another MPEG-21 Technology."

"Global eXchange Services Announces the First Generation of Supply
Chain Analytics and Visibility Services. Value-added Solutions Extend
the Capabilities of the GXS Transaction Delivery Network."

"Nortel Networks Announces New Security Products and Security Partner
Program. Enhanced Portfolio Offers Customers More Choices in Network

"Arjuna Enables Reliable Web Services-Based Business Applications with
Arjuna XTS.  Technology to Address the Reliable Coordination Issues
Preventing the Early Adoption of Serious E-Business Solutions Through
Web Services."

"Industry Leaders Drive Convergence, Publish Web Services
Specifications to Coordinate Business Applications. Arjuna
Technologies, Fujitsu Software, IONA, Oracle and Sun Microsystems Open
Development with Imminent Standardization of Specification Framework."

"Orbeon Ships Version 2.0 of Its Open XML Framework (OXF).
Productivity, Flexibility, Reuse, and Web Services Are Not Buzzwords

"Sabre Travel Network Launches Web Services Capabilities for Agents.
New Offering Provides Standard, Industry-Accepted, Easy-to-Use
Technology to Access Sabre Global Distribution System Products and

Selected references from the events calendar at:

Web Services Edge West 2003.  September 30 - October 2, 2003.  Santa
Clara, California, USA.

W3C Workshop on Binary Interchange of XML Information Item Sets.
September 24 - 26, 2003. Santa Clara, California, USA.

Seybold San Francisco 2003.  September 8 - 12, 2003.  Moscone Center
West, San Francisco, California, USA.

XML Database Symposium (XSym 2003).  September 8, 2003.  The Humboldt-
Universitaet zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

HyperText '03.  The Fourteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and
Hypermedia.  August 26 - 30, 2003.  Jubilee Campus, University of
Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

ECDL 2003. Seventh European Conference on Research and Advanced
Technology for Digital Libraries. August 17 - 22, 2003. Britannia
Hotel, Trondheim, Norway.

XML Web Services One Boston. "Solutions for Practical XML Web Services
Development."  August 12 - 15, 2003. World Trade Center, Boston, MA,

Extreme Markup Languages 2003. August 4 - 8, 2003.  Hilton Hotel,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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