Cover Pages Newsletter September 02, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           September 02, 2003

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

W3C Device Independence Working Group Publishes Specs for a
Universally Accessible Web.
The W3C Device Independence Working Group (DIWG) has released three
specifications on D-I authoring, adaptation, and presentation of Web
content. "Device Independence Principles" articulates a vision of the
WG's core principles and goals. A revised draft on "Authoring
Challenges" discusses authoring for multiple devices having different
capabilities. The new "Glossary of Terms for Device Independence"
defines terms used in other DIWG documents. Releases Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) Version
The BPMI Notation Working Group has announced the release of a public
draft for the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN Version 1.0).
The objective of BPMN is to support process management by both
technical users and business users by providing a notation that is
intuitive to business users yet able to represent complex process
semantics. BPMN allows different XML-based process languages (BPEL4WS,
BPML) to be visualized using common elements.

W3C Opens Public Discussion Forum on US Patent 5,838,906 and Eolas v.
W3C has published a report by Steven R. Bratt (W3C Chief Operating
Officer) on the matter of US Patent 5,838,906 and the Eolas v.
Microsoft lawsuit. The patent is described as applicable to Java
applets, browser plug-ins, ActiveX components, Macromedia Flash,
Windows Media Player, and related "embedded program objects." A new
W3C 'public-web-plugins' list provides a public discussion forum for
those concerned with recent court decisions on the patent.

W3C CSS Working Group Publishes Three Cascading Style Sheets Working
The W3C CSS Working Group has released new working drafts for the
Cascading Style Sheets language which is playing an increasingly
important role in styling many kinds of XML documents. The
"Presentation Levels" draft specifies how integer values attached
document elements can be used to support slideshows and outlines;
"CSS3 Module: Syntax" describes CSS parsing rules and linking; "CSS
Print Profile" defines CSS-based layout for mobile devices.

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

"Opera, Mozilla Release New Browser Betas." By John Borland. In CNET (August 28, 2003). The Mozilla project and Opera Software,
two of the last remaining serious Web browser rivals to Microsoft's
Internet Explorer, each released new browser versions this week,
promising faster and more stable surfing.
"Macromedia Tools Move Beyond Animation. New Forms Environment Turns
Flash from Animation Engine to Business Building Block." By Charles
Babcock. In InformationWeek (August 27, 2003). The change to a forms
environment is one of many changes to Flash MX and other elements of
the Macromedia Web-site product line introduced this week. Dreamweaver
MX 2004 now supports Cascading Style Sheets and includes MX Elements
for HTML.
"Typeless Schemas and Services." By Rich Salz. In O'Reilly (September 02, 2003). Top web service thinkers
are moving to a more document-centric approach. The author looks at
what Noah Mendelsohn, Tim Ewald, and Don Box have been saying about
W3C XML Schema and web services.
"What Interoperability Isn't." By Will Provost. In O'Reilly (September 02, 2003). Will Provost examines
apparent interoperability problems in web services. He finds that many
issues are not fundamentally about interoperability over message
content: some are more traditional enterprise integration problems,
some are merely conventional.
"Documentum Debuts AIS. Documentum Improves Authoring-Tool
Integration. [Content Management.]" By Mark Walter. In The Seybold
Report: Analyzing Publishing Technologies Volume 3, Number 10 (August
29, 2003). Documentum's Authoring Integration Services is a group of
APIs that make it easy to tie XPress, InDesign and dozens of other
tools into the Documentum repository. In effect, AIS confers first-
class status on desktop authoring programs.
"Army Opens Up to Interoperability." By Dawn S. Onley. In Government
Computer News (September 01, 2003). Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle
recently became a three-star general and is now the Army's CIO,
managing command, control, communications and computers programs In
this article he discusses his goals of bolstering bandwidth and
improving the networks that connect Army systems, and explains what
the Army doing to promote interoperability.
"A Compact Syntax for W3C XML Schema." By Erik Wilde. From
(August 27, 2003). The author introduces a compact alternative syntax
for W3C XML Schema, presenting a Java implementation for converting
the compact syntax to the XML syntax and vice versa. XML Schema
Compact Syntax (XSCS) reuses well known syntactic constructs from
"A Report From Extreme Markup Languages 2003." By James Mason. From (August 27, 2003). Jim Mason, one of the co-chairs of the
Extreme Markup Languages conference, reports on this recent annual
gathering of deeply involved XML enthuasiasts and innovators.
"XML Exposes Rich Network Data. Network, Systems Management Vendors
Tackle Web Services Limitations." By Scott Tyler Shafer. In InfoWorld
(September 01, 2003). Networking and systems management vendors are
now paving the way for companies to discover and manage Web Services
at run time. Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM are among
the vendors looking to speed the adoption of Web services
architectures by building additional capabilities into existing
systems management platforms.
"New Office Locks Down Documents." By David Becker. In CNET
(September 02, 2003). As digital media publishers scramble to devise a
foolproof method of copy protection, Microsoft is ready to push
digital rights management into a whole new arena -- your desktop.
Office 2003 for the first time will include tools for restricting
access to documents created with the software.
"Location Object Authorization Policies." By Hannes Tschofenig
(Siemens AG), Jorge R. Cuellar (Siemens AG), John B. Morris, Jr
(Director, Internet Standards, Technology & Policy Project, Center for
Democracy and Technology), Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University,
Department of Computer Science), and James M. Polk (Cisco Systems).
IETF GEOPRIV Working Group, Internet Draft. Reference: 'draft-
tschofenig-geopriv-authz-00.txt'. August 2003, expires: February 2004.
18 pages. This document describes a set of policy rules to satisfy key
elements of the "Core Privacy Protections for Geopriv Location Object"
draft. The draft uses XML Configuration Access Protocol (XCAP).
"A Presence-based GEOPRIV Location Object Format." By Jon Peterson
(NeuStar, Inc). IETF GEOPRIV Working Group, Internet Draft. Reference:
'draft-peterson-geopriv-pidf-lo-01'. September 2, 2003, expires March
2, 2004. 16 pages. This document describes an object format for
carrying geographical information on the Internet. This location
object extends the Presence Information Data Format (PIDF), which was
designed for communicating privacy-sensitive presence information and
which has similar properties.
"RPID: Rich Presence Information Data Format." Edited by Henning
Schulzrinne (Department of Computer Science, Columbia University).
With Vijay Gurbani (Lucent), Paul Kyzivat (Cisco Systems), and
Jonathan Rosenberg (dynamicsoft). Internet Engineering Task Force,
Internet Draft. Reference: 'draft-ietf-simple-rpid-00.txt'. July 31,
2003, expires: January 2004. 20 pages. The Rich Presence Information
Data Format (RPID) adds elements to the Presence Information Data
Format (PIDF) that provide additional information about the presentity
and its contacts. This document provides additional status information
for presentities and defines a RPID format to convey this information.
"MIT to Uncork Futuristic Bar Code." By Alorie Gilbert. In CNET (August 29, 2003). A group of academics and business
executives is planning to introduce a next-generation bar code system,
which could someday replace barcodes with a microchip. The EPC Network
will make its debut in Chicago on September 15, 2003 at the EPC
"PML Server Developments." By Mark Harrison, Humberto Moran, James
Brusey, and Duncan McFarlane. White Paper. Auto-ID Centre, Institute
for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK. June 1, 2003. 20
pages. This paper extends our previous white paper on our PML
[Physical Markup Language] Server prototype work. We begin with a
brief review of the Auto-ID infrastructure, then consider the
different types of essential data which could be stored about a tagged
physical object or which relate to it.
"The End of Systems Integrators?" By Erika Morphy. In
News (August 29, 2003). As with the applications themselves,
verticalization has become the latest thing in integration technology.
Siebel continues to expand development of its integration tool, UAN,
as does SAP with its respective integration product package, Xapps.
"BPEL and Business Transaction Management: Choreology Submission to
OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee." By Tony Fletcher, Peter Furniss,
Alastair Green, and Robert Haugen (Choreology Ltd). Copyright (c)
Choreology Ltd, 2003, subject to OASIS IPR Policy. Working paper
presented to the OASIS Web Services Business Process Execution
Language Technical Committee. This document addresses issues of
business transaction management in form of proposals on how to handle
transactions in BPEL. The Choreology submission gives the background
and context for the BTM issues and proposes syntax constructs as
solutions for items 54 to 59 in the TC's issues list.

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

"Plumtree Ships Products to Fully Support WSRP and Proposed JSR 168
Portlet Standards. Plumtree's Standards Implementation Consumes
Portlets from BEA, Citrix, IBM, and Oracle."

"Uniform Code Council's U Connect Conference to Connect People,
Process and Technology. Expanded Conference May 25-27, 2004 to Feature
over 90 Sessions."

"Webswell Connect 1.1 Beta Provides Open Source ebXML Integration

"First Opera for Bidirectional Languages. Opera 7.20 for Windows Fine-
Tunes Speed and Performance."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

UCC U Connect Conference 2004.  May 25 - 27, 2004. Hilton Anaheim
Resort, Anaheim, California, USA.

WWW2004. The Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference. May
17-22, 2004.  New York Sheraton, New York, NY, USA.

ACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2003. November 20 - 22, 2003.
INRIA Rhône-Alpes Research Unit, Grenoble, France.

ER 2003. 22nd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling.
October 13 - 16, 2003.  DoubleTree North Shore Hotel, [Skokie]
Chicago, Illinois, USA.

FTP Enterprise Architecture Summit 2003.  October 12 - 14, 2003.
Westin Mission Hills Resort, Palm Springs, California, USA.

SpeechTEK 2003.  September 29 - October 2, 2003.  New York Marriott
Marquis, New York, NY, USA.

DC-2003. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Annual Conference.
"Supporting Communities of Discourse and Practice:  Metadata Research
and Applications."   September 29, 2003 - October 2, 2003.  Seattle,
Washington, USA.

Washington Area SGML/XML Users Group XML Authoring/Editing Forum.
September 29, 2003. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, USA.

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

ICWS-Europe 2003. The International Conference on Web Services -
Europe 2003.  "Web Services Architectures, Infrastructures and
Applications."  September 23 - 24, 2003. Erfurt, Germany.

EDOC 2003. Seventh IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object
Computing Conference.  September 16 - 19, 2003.  Brisbane, Australia.

Inaugural EPC Executive Symposium.  September 15 - 17, 2003.
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA.

W3C Event on P3P and Enterprise Privacy Languages.  September 09,
2003.  IBM Center, Sydney, Australia.

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.

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