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November 15-19, 1998

Chicago, IL USA

Headquarter Hotel: Sheraton Chicago

A New Beginning: Integrating Information Technologies

XML ’98 is a new beginning for GCA’s annual comprehensive event focusing on applications, trends, and technologies that support Standard Generalized Markup Language (ISO 8879). Since SGML became an ISO standard in 1986, GCA’s major conference focused on the ISO standard itself. During these years, SGML came alive, matured, and evolved. And thanks, in part, to SGML, the Web was born.

Today’s Web languages, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and now eXtensible Markup Language (XML), both have their roots in SGML. And a host of related Web standards continue to emerge. It is clear that the Web has forever changed our definition of publishing, documents, and even commerce. Broadening the scope of GCA’s conference to encompass new languages and technologies is critical to the educational mission of GCA. So, this year GCA has updated the name of its major conference to reflect changes in the marketplace, the impact of the Web, and in particular to focus up on the streamlined dialect of SGML which is destined to enable the next generation of the Web applications.

If you are concerned about the creation, management and delivery of structured information, whether on paper, CD-ROM, intranets, or on the Web, XML ’98 offers you the opportunity to hear, see, and learn about the full range of standards and technologies available to your organization. There are sessions designed for newcomers who have no clue about the differences among SGML, HTML and XML. Other sessions focus on the technical underpinnings of SGML, XML and related structured information standards. And still other sessions focus on transitions which every organization must address in upcoming years.

Main Conference

XML ’98 will have sessions for managers, users, and technical experts. It will address concerns of the traditional publishing community and Web publishers alike. This year’s conference is co-hosted by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and is sponsored by GCA’s Independent Consultants Cooperative and X-ACT.

Markup Technologies Seminar

Following XML ’98, a special two-day seminar focusing on technical details of markup technologies will focus SGML, HyTime, DSSSL and related markup technologies. This seminar will provide delegates an opportunty to attend the presentation of juried academic papers which focus on markup technologies. A call for papers will follow shortly.


An exhibit floor, featuring over 100 vendor booths will complement the conference. The GCA bookstore will be open throughout the conference, offering the latest titles on XML, SGML, and related subjects.


A wide range of tutorials will be offered the two days preceding the conference. Tutorials will be an ideal way for attendees to get up to speed on topics of interest before the conference begins.

GCA Members-Only Event

GCA will host a members-only technical event in conjunction with the conference. This event will provide special technical content which is not available to general conference attendees as well as providing members with an opportunity to socialize.

Industry Meetings

Associated industry meetings will be conducted in conjunction with this years conference. Meetings include OASIS, X-ACT, the International SGML User’s Group, the Midwest SGML Forum, and ISO 12083. Other vendors and users groups are encouraged to plan meetings concurrent with XML ’98.

Tracks and Topics

Three potential tracks have been tentatively identified for XML ’98. Tracks are intended to address the following audiences and questions:


Core Technology



Call for Papers

All interested parties are invited to submit proposals for presentations at XML ’98. Papers addressing issues outlined in our tenative tracks will be of particular interest. However other related topics will be considered. Presentations will be in 45 minute blocks of time with 30-35 minutes allowed for presentation and 10-15 minutes allowed for questions. Additionally a written paper, tagged in XML must be submitted. Both electronic and paper conference proceedings will be produced for the conference.

Submissions must be submitted electronically in a clear text format which contains the following key fields:

Call for Tutorials

The conference will be preceded by 2 days of tutorials. Proposals may be made for half-day, full day, and 2 day tutorials. Submissions must be submitted electronically in a clear text format which contains the following key fields:

Submission Schedule

All Submissions must be made electronically in a clear text format which contains the recommended key fields ending with a colon (:).

Submission deadline is Friday July 3rd

(send to xml98@gca.org.)

Notification of selection will be made August 3, 1998

Full papers, marked up using designated XML tag set are due September 15, 1998.

Call for Peer Review

GCA annually invites members of the SGML/XML community to participate as peer reviewers for conference papers. Each reviewer will be responsible for reviewing 15 to 20 papers in their area of subject matter expertise. To participate as a peer reviewer, please forward the following electronically in a clear text format which contains the recommended key fields ending with a colon (:).

Applications for peer review

must be made to xml98@gca.org

by June 13, 1998.

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