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First/last call for WWW9 XML Dev Day

Date:       Fri, 4 Feb 2000 12:42:00 -0800 (PST)
From:       Jon Bosak <>
Subject:    First/last call for WWW9 XML Dev Day 2000.05.19

This is the first, last, and only call-from-the-chair for XML Developers' Day presentations at the Ninth International World Wide Web conference Friday 19 May 2000 in Amsterdam. The deadline for submissions is 15 February. See for further information about the conference itself.

Since 1997, the XML track at WWW Dev Day has been a central event for developers of web-related XML software. If you have new web-related tools or especially interesting applications that use any of the XML family of core standards -- such as XLink, XPointer, XSL, XML Schemas, or the DOM -- here is your chance to share your latest accomplishments with other advanced workers.

Proposals of 1-3 paragraphs clearly describing the presentation should be sent in plain text directly to the chair of the Dev Day XML track, Jon Bosak:

Remember, submissions must be mailed no later than Tuesday 15 February to be considered.

Tips for Presenters

Prospective presenters wishing to increase their chances of being chosen for the program are well advised to read this long paragraph that at first glance appears to consist entirely of tedious instructions that no hard-charging industry mover and/or shaker would bother to waste his precious time reading but upon further investigation proves to contain information about several tests that will be used to sort the good stuff from the corporate crud that always comes in by the bushel in response to calls for XML papers. Submissions that stand a chance of being considered will have the following properties. First, they will be in plain text as clearly specified above and not in some hideous machine-generated HTML dialect or proprietary word processing format. People who honestly do not know what their software is putting out will no doubt be forgiven their ignorance at the end of days but are not the kind we want to hear from in this track. Second, successful proposals will include a short title suitable for a conference program and an abstract of the proposed presentation rather than a request for my opinion about what might constitute a good topic. Third, they will be sent in by the presenters themselves and not by the presenters' secretaries, managers, or marketing people. And fourth, they will describe genuinely new and interesting developments or approaches -- preferably featuring running code -- rather than attempting to use the world's premier WWW technical forum as a stage for some tiresome commercial product pitch.

Down here where only the truly dedicated will read it is another solicitation. XML is becoming Establishment Technology; it's time for some controversy. I would like to have one good inflammatory presentation on the schedule. If you have an ax to grind and can do so in an interesting and entertaining manner, send a proposal.

See you in Amsterdam!


(P.S. One correspondent from another list has pointed out the humor of my statement that "it's time for some controversy." I meant controversy in industry conferences related to XML, not in mailing lists like xml-dev. Industry conferences tend in general to avoid contentious points of view, which makes life easy for the organizers and vendors but is arguably bad for the state of the industry. The Town Hall sessions at XTech (2000.02.27-03.02; see should start to change this, and I meant to indicate a desire to move in the direction of a more frank exchange of views at WWW9 as well.)

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The XML Cover Pages archive.

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