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   SGML/XML 98 Paris (fwd from Betty Harvey)

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 22:52:14

[Forwarded from betty Harvey who has difficulties posting]
>Dear All:
>	I was going to write a synopsis of the SGML/XML Europe
>conference for those interested but Peter Murray-Rust has 
>provided an excellent overview of the conference.  
>	There are a few points that I would like to add to
>Peters comments:
>2nd Day Plenary - Microsoft and Netscape
>	It was amazing to me to see representatives of both Microsoft and
>Netscape sharing the stage and talking about the future of XML in their
>respective products.  Jean Paoli (Microsoft) showed now XML will be the
>underlying data format for the next release of Microsoft Office (Word,
>Excel and Powerpoint). He didn't get deeply into the technical details but
>I personally didn't see where it will be possible for Word to save files
>in XML using arbitrary DTD's. 
>	Bernard Feinstein (Netscape) talked about the open systems
>development and that 'data should be free' (Peter talks about this concept
>in his synopsis).  There are a few points from Bernard's talk that
>I think are worth mentioning.
>	1.  Both Oracle and Sybase (as well as other software vendors
>            he didn't mention) have committed to porting their software
>	    to LINUX.  This is great news for those of us currently
>            running LINUX.
>        2.  Netscape 5.0 will use CSS2 for the style for XML.  I have a 
>            concern if Netscape supports CSS2 and Microsoft supports
>            XSL for style does that leave us again with incompatibility
>            of data (style).  
>	3.  JavaScript will come into compliance with ECMAscript.
>	4.  They have created a XML/Mozilla Advisory Board which
>            Peter talks later about.
>	5.  Netscape will support NFS.
>There was a whole morning session devoted to XML/EDI initiative.
>Unfortunately, I had a meeting during this session but talked with
>folks afterwards and it was very well attended.
>My favorite quote from the conference was from Cees van der Does,
>Philips Business Communications Systems:  'Linking theory with the real 
>world is very messy'.  
>If this conference showed one thing it was that we have finally
>bridged the gap between theory and the real world.  Ocaccionally, we got 
>'messy' along the way but I think it was worth it.
>Now more from Peter.
>Betty Harvey                           | Phone: 301-540-8251 FAX: 4268
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>harvey@eccnet.eccnet.com               | Washington,DC SGML Users Grp
>URL:  http://www.eccnet.com            | http://www.eccnet.com/sgmlug/

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