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   Re: Call for speakers (XML DevCon 2000, June 25-28)

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 20:09:09 +0000

At 12:46 PM 2/18/00 +0000, Henry S. Thompson wrote:
>Um, who are you, and why should we support what looks like at first
>glance like a purely money-making exercise on your part?


>Your registration form doesn't even include the cost before requiring
>details.  Your press release page is empty.  I may be getting
>suspicious in my old age, but this looks like a scam to me.

[I deliberately don't comment on Henry's views]

There is a further confusion - which I suspect may be unintentional but
fooled me - in that there is/was a regular conference for XML developers
run by GCA, etc. [I attended the one in Montreal in 1998] I seem to have
seen it called xmldevcon somewhere. I had assumed that XML DevCon 2000 was
the 2000 version, but having looked at the WWW page it doesn't look like
it. Clarification, anyone?

This is a difficult area for XML-DEV in that we have welcomed "mainstream"
XML meetings, especially when they are related to developers' activities.
Many of these have been GCA, WWW or OASIS-related. However there are likely
to be lots more XML activities now. It is important that we don't get stuck
in a single community "lest one good custom should corrupt the world".
XML-DEV should not been seen to be "only for GCA and OASIS". Do we
encourage (say) Xtech2000 to post calls here, while (possibly) persuading
some others that XML-DEV is not the most appropriate place? Occasionally in
the past people used to e-mail me and ask whether X (conference, jobs,
product, etc.) was suitable for posting on XML-DEV. Are there guidelines
that we could develop?


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