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  • From: "Steven R. Newcomb" <srn@techno.com>
  • To: david@megginson.com
  • Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2000 06:50:37 -0600

> 8. It's getting harder and harder to find an XML conference that's not 
>    mostly marketing presentations.  That's the inevitable price of
>    success, but it was fun to be at a conference like the ones from
>    two years ago, full of hard-core developers.  Thanks, everyone
>    (especially to the co-chairs, Tim and Jon).

I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of heartfelt thank-you's to all
those responsible for XTech 2000.  It's inspiring to see what can be
accomplished when so many of the top people take the trouble to come
to one place and brief each other on what's up.

It is "harder and harder to find an XML conference that's not mostly
marketing presentations" because there never were very many, and they
are getting fewer as the community gets busier and busier, even while
the marketing-rich conferences are burgeoning rapidly in both numbers
and attendance.  Let's face it: the truly discerning audience for this
kind of technical conference is still not large, and the kind of
program that would excite the discerning audience would leave the
marketing-oriented audience completely cold.

This summer, the hard-core developer conference suitable for the
discerning audience will be "Extreme Markup Languages" (a new title
shamelessly designed to attract the attention of Generation XML),
which is a roll-up of "Markup Technologies" (which is splitting away
from the annual XML 'XX conference in North America), the
"Metastructures" conference hosted by Steve Newcomb and Carla Corkern,
and the "XML Developers' Conference" hosted by Jon Bosak, both of
which have been in the same August/Montreal timeslot for several years
now.  Jon expects to be present, by the way, but he has shed the
organizational/administrative burden of official chairmanship in favor
of a more "emeritus" kind of status.

The Chairs are Tommie Usdin, Michael Sperberg-McQueen, Debbie Lapeyre,
and myself.  All of us are passionately dedicated to organizing a
conference which will be exciting, intriguing, provocative, fun, and
useful for the XML developer community -- the same kinds of people who
read this list.  Not to mention the fact that Montreal is
exceptionally lovely and salubrious in August.  For more info:


Steven R. Newcomb, President, TechnoTeacher, Inc.
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