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Opinions about Versioning? Participate in the Symposium!

XML vocabularies change. XML documents change. XML applications 
change. These changes are often complex, they should usually be 
managed and tracked, and in most XML environment versioning is 
handled poorly at best. Do you have opinions on how we could handle 
versioning well? On what we as a community are doing wrong? An 
example of XML versioning handled well?

The Balisage pre-conference "International Symposium on Versioning 
XML Vocabularies and Systems" (http://www.balisage.net/Versioning/) 
has included time in the program for a "Speakers Corner". During this 
time all symposium attendees are invited to give short presentations.

Attendees are encouraged to prepare their 5-minute presentations in 
advance, to organize their presentations to make good use of limited 
time, and to prepare visuals in HTML to accompany their presentations 
if desired.

Applications to present at "Speaker's Corner" will be collected at 
the symposium, and should consist of:

     * the name of the speaker
     * the title of the presentation
     * a short (25 word maximum) summary of the topic of the presentation

If there are more proposals than can be accommodated, proposals from 
people who have already spoken will be discarded, and random 
selections from the remaining proposals will be made.

As at the "Speaker's Corner" in London's Hyde Park, after which this 
"Speakers Corner" is modeled, there will be virtually no restrictions 
on allowed content. However, the Versioning Symposium's organizers 
will terminate presentations that are not related to versioning, that 
are disrespectful of others or their points of view, or that are 
still incomplete after five minutes have elapsed.

It is the organizer's hope that this open microphone time will lead 
to a lively and productive discussion about both the problems users 
encounter in working with versioning in an XML environment and ways 
in which these problems can be, or have been, managed.

The description of the Versioning Symposium can be found at:
and the detailed program is at:

Information about Balisage: The Markup Conference is at:
    Schedule at a Glance: http://www.balisage.net/At-A-Glance.html
    Detailed program: http://www.balisage.net/Program.html

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2008          mailto:info@balisage.net
August 12-15, 2008                             http://www.balisage.net
Versioning Symposium: August 11, 2008                 Montreal, Canada

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