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XML Finland '99

XML Finland '99

Call for Papers, Proposals & Exhibits

XML Finland '99
September 23-24, 1999
Helsinki Fair Centre

SGML Users Group Finland invites users and developers of XML/SGML and XML/SGML-related systems to give a presentation at its fourth annual seminar, XML Finland '99, renamed to reflect the growing interest in XML. Vendors and developers are also invited to present their tools and application demos in the exhibition area.

XML Finland '99 serves as a meeting point for all interested people from experienced professionals to new users of XML or SGML. Presentations may focus on new media, structured document management, electronic publishing, World Wide Web applications, electronic commerce, industrial applications, business issues, or advanced or introductory XML/SGML/HTML/WWW issues.

Last year's seminar in Jyväskylä gathered a crowd of 200 attendees making the event a very successful one, thus continuing the tradition set by earlier seminars in Espoo and Vaasa. Ten leading Finnish and international companies took part in the exhibition. We anticipate that the popularity of the event will keep on growing.

Seminar Venue

The seminar will be organized in the Congress Facilities of the Helsinki Fair Centre. Accommodation will be available at the colocated Holiday Inn hotel.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • electronic publishing & publishing on the World Wide Web
  • World Wide Web applications & electronic commerce
  • practices, techniques, standards, software, applications & case studies
  • production, conversion, management & distribution of structured documents
  • product data management

Presentations will be categorized according to the topic.

Tutorials & Invited Speakers

Proposals for tutorials should be sent to Mr Jörgen Westerling ( This includes tutorial requests by the public as well as suggestions by interested speakers.

Tutorial topics and names of invited speakers will be released well in advance of the seminar.

Paper Submission

If you are interested in giving a presentation at the XML Finland '99, please submit an abstract (approximately 300 words) together with the following information:

  • title of paper
  • name(s) of author(s)
  • contact information including fax number and email address
  • author's short biography
  • time required for the presentation
  • any other requirements concerning the presentation

Submissions should be sent electronically to (preferably in unformatted text format).

The full length of the final paper should be approximately 6-8 pages. Accepted papers will be published in the seminar proceedings.

Seminar Languages

Languages of the seminar are Finnish and English, with the anticipation that Finnish participants give their presentations in Finnish. Papers can be in Finnish, or in English if so chosen.

Important Dates

  • June 11, 1999: abstract submission
  • June 24, 1999: notification of acceptance
  • August 20, 1999: final papers due
  • September 23-24, 1999: seminar

Contact Persons

Vendors and developers interested in participating in the exhibition organized during the seminar should contact Mr Petri Kukkonen.

Send other inquiries to, or contact Mr Jörgen Westerling ( or Mr Oskari Heinonen (Oskari.Heinonen@cs.Helsinki.FI).

What is XML?

The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a simplified dialect of SGML. It combines the simplicity of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and the flexibility of SGML, and is intended to make the distribution of structured documents easier on the World Wide Web.

What is SGML?

The Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) is an international standard (ISO 8879) for describing the content of documents. SGML data is vendor, platform and media independent, and can be used and reused in a wide variety of applications. As a descriptive coding language, SGML separates the logical structure of the document from its presentation.

What is SGML Users Group Finland?

The SGML Users Group Finland is a non-profit association the purpose of which is to provide knowledge about SGML and related standards. It also serves as the Finnish Chapter of the International SGML Users' Group (ISUG). For more information, see and

Kutsu - Call for Papers, Proposals & Exhibits

XML Finland '99
23.-24. syyskuuta 1999
Helsingin Messukeskus

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