Upcoming Journal Publishers XML Tutorial and Math Round Table (EPSIG)

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Subject: Upcoming Journal Publishers XML Tutorial and Math Round Table (EPSIG)

Attached is an announcement from EPSIG.  We are sponsoring a tutorial on the
application of XML in Journal Publishing.  The following day, journal
publishers who have requirements to publish math are invited to a round table
discussion to share requirements and provide input to vendors who are
developing tools to support SGML Math.  Input from this session will go back
to the ISO 12083 meeting this May in Spain.  If you have any questions,
please contact me (Dianne Kennedy).  Also please share this with any other
publishers/vendors who may have an interest.

		The New Alternative
		for Journal Publishing
		       on the Web

In the years since SGML was introduced as an ISO Standard, journal
publishers have attempted to use SGML as the foundation for publishing.
We have lived through two standards development efforts (AAP Electronic
Document Standard and ISO 12083) only to find that real use of SGML by
journal publishers is suceeding in only a limited fashion.  With
emerging requirements by both publishers and those who use journals, it
is clear that a ``standardized'' encoding which enables simultaneous
delivery of journal information in multiple formats as well as
facilitating the ability of users to quickly locate information in
journals is critical. This tutorial explains the model for journal
publishing, existing SGML journal publishing standards, and why
implementing them is so difficult. It explains existing electronic
publishing alternatives to SGML that just don't deliver what the
readership requires and introduces XML--a new W3C standard which
promises to provide solutions for both Web and traditional journal

HTML, the current Web language,  is just too simplistic to support
ongoing Web publication of journals. Its parent language, SGML, has
proven to be too complex.  XML provides a middle ground for journal
publishers  being sophisticated enough to support full- function
publishing on the Web without raising the technical and economic
barriers one faces in attempting to use SGML. We invite the journal
community to come to this tutorial to get a first-hand look at XML and
the promise it holds for journal publishers.

Tutorial Agenda
9:00-9:15	Introduction to the  Tutorial
9:15-10:00	XML; A New Language for Web Publishing
10:00-10:30	Traditional Journal Publishing Models
10:30-10:45 	Break
11:00-11:30 	Emerging Requirements for Journals
11:30-12:00 	Early Use of SGML; AAP Project
12:00-1:00	Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 	Current SGML Standard; ISO 12083
1:30 - 2:00 	Roadblocks to Using SGML
2:00- 2:30 	Alternatives that Don't Deliver (PDF and HTML)
3:15-3:30	Break
3:30-4:00 	The XML Alternative for Journals
4:00-5:00	An XML Version of ISO 12083 for Journal Publishing
To Register, Contact EPSIG at the address below.  Also look to the Web:
Tutorial:  $295 for EPSIG Members
	      $350 for Non-Members 
Round Table:  Free Admittance;  All Invited!  Please RSVP to EPSIG.

The Electronic Publishing Special Interest Group (EPSIG) is a
collaboration between Graphic Communication Association and the
Association of American Publishers (AAP). EPSIG is designed to serve as
your source for information about ISO 12083 as well as related
standards and industry implementation activities.  For more information
on EPSIG membership, EPSIG News Subscriptions, EPSIG publications and
other EPSIG events, call 703-519-8184, fax 703-548-2867 or email;

EPSIG Math Requirements Round Table
In conjunction with this tutorial, a roundtable of journal publishers
with specific math requirements will be held.  Rather than focusing on
the details of the ISO 12083 Math DTD fragment, the needs and concerns
of journal publishers will be considered.  Math definition has been
particularly troublesome for the ISO 12083 working group and for
publishers of journals that have an intensive math requirement. Vendor
support for math has been held up because of conflicting requirements.
This roundtable will provide a forum for journal publishers to state
requirements for SGML math.  A summary of this roundtable discussion
will be presented at the upcoming ISO 12083 meeting in Barcelona.

The Lecturer
Dianne Kennedy is an independent SGML consultant and founder of the
SGML Resource Center.  Ms. Kennedy has been an active participant in
many industry SGML standards activities.  Currently she serves as
chairperson for the DTD Working Group of SAE J2008 for the automotive
industry and is Deputy Conviener for ISO 12083 Standards work. She also
has played a vital role as a consultant to the ATA 2100 Specification
SGML working group and has served on a number of DoD CALS standards
committees as well.  Dianne Kennedy regularly presents ``SGML ToolTime
Seminars''.  Ms. Kennedy was in instructor for GCA SGML Tutorial Series
from  1984 to 1991.