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W3C Symposium: Distributed Authoring, Present and Future

From: Jim Whitehead <ejw@ics.uci.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 15:04:41 -0700
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To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Enclosed is a copy of the call for participation for an upcoming W3C
Symposium on Distributed Authoring.

A couple of comments:
- This is a different meeting from the November Technical Working meeting.
The symposium is on December 4-5, the technical working meeting is on
November 14-15.
- The symposium is not a venue for the further development of
specifications, or other technical output.  This is reserved for the
technical working meetings.
- The symposium is designed to inform the W3C membership, and the general
web community, about the capabilities, issues, and potential involved with
distributed authoring.

I see there being two tracks of meetings:
Track 1: Technical Working Meetings:

San Mateo --> Cambridge --> Palo Alto --> ?

Track 2: Informational Meetings;

Sunnyvale Symposium --> WWW Conference(?) --> (?)

The intent of track 1 is to develop technical solutions.  The intent of
track 2 (informational) is to make sure people understand and are excited
about the output of track 1 (technical), when it is completed.

I am currently in need of a volunteer from the Document Management
community to give a presentation on the document management of a web site,
and the implications of distributed authoring on document management (and
vice-versa).  If you're interested in giving such a talk, please contact me
via email: ejw@ics.uci.edu.

Also, if you have an idea for another talk which fits the format of this
symposium, please contact me -- there may be space for one additional talk.

- Jim


World Wide Web Consortium

"Distributed Authoring: Present, and Future"

December 4-5, 1996

Sunnyvale Hilton Inn, Sunnyvale, CA



The past two years have witnessed the development of a new class of
distributed authoring tools which allow remote editing followed by a network
save. Unlike existing tools which save their work to the local filesystem
and ignore how web content is made accessible, distributed authoring systems
directly employ the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to put web content on
a server. This allows web content to be edited hundreds or thousands of
miles away from the server which distributes it, and gives users the ease of
pushbutton publishing.

Distributed authoring tools have many applications. Internet Service
Providers currently sell web page hosting services where a customer, using
an easy-to-use WYSIWYG tool on their personal computer, edits their home
page which is stored far away on the provider's host system. Within a
corporate intranet, employees are starting to use intranet-enabled word
processing and spreadsheet tools to save their work directly to a
departmental web server.

This symposium is an information-rich opportunity to be educated by key
technology developers about this exciting new class of web application.
Institutions with intranets will discover how distributed authoring tools
can help manage their web sites, and will become plugged-in to the dramatic
impact of the emerging intranet-enabled applications. Internet Service
Providers can learn about existing distributed authoring tools, and how they
can earn extra income or provide value-added service to their customers by
supporting them. Technology developers can learn about ongoing efforts to
develop interoperable distributed authoring and versioning capabilities, and
how to get involved.



The symposium is a two day event, featuring:

Presentations and Demonstrations:


   * Netscape on Distributed HTML authoring tools
   * Microsoft on Intranet-enabled applications, by Ron Fein (Word) and
Andrew Short (Excel)
   * America Online on Web page hosting services
   * Web server support for distributed authoring


   * Continuus on Configuration management of a web site, by Martin Cagan
   * Document management of a web site


   * U.C. Irvine on Interoperability specification work, by Jim Whitehead
   * W3C/INRIA on Collaborative distributed authoring in Amaya and
Alliance, by Vincent Quint and Irene Vatton
   * U.C. Irvine on Web-based software development, by Peyman Oreizy
   * GMD FIT on the BSCW shared workspace system

For more information about the presentations and demonstrations, please
contact Jim Whitehead.



Due to space considerations, participation in this informative symposium is
limited to 2 people per organization. If additional participation is
neccessary, please email to register@w3.org for permission to send extra


W3C member organizations may send two participants for free.
Non-member organizations need to pay a registration fee of $500 per person.

   * At the present time, the only method of payment we can accept is a
   * All checks should be drawn on a US Bank made payable to MIT/W3C in the
     amount of $500 and received by November 22, 1996.

        o MIT/Laboratory for Computer Science
        o World Wide Web Consortium
        o 545 Technology Square
        o Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
        o Attention: Susan Hardy


Friday, November 22, 1996, by 5:00 pm EST.

Registration Form


***Please register early.***
The maximum capacity for the Symposium is 150 participants. Registration
will close whenever the maximum capacity is reached.



Sunnyvale Hilton Inn, Sunnyvale, CA

   * Sunnyvale Hilton Inn
   * 1250 Lakeside Drive
   * Sunnyvale, CA 94086 USA

   * Reservations: +1-617-738-4808 or 800-445-8667
   * Symposium Rate: $125/single, $140/double available for the nights of
     December 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
   * Symposium Code: MIT/W3C Distributed Authoring Symposium

The San Jose International Airport is 4.5 miles from the hotel with
complimentary shuttle service available.

The San Francisco International Airport is approximately 25-30 miles north
of the hotel. The estimated taxi fare is $45.00.



The Symposium on Distributed Authoring: Present, and Future is sponsored by
the World Wide Web Consortium and the Irvine Research Unit in Software as a
service to their members.

Received on Wednesday, 23 October 1996 18:08:02 UTC

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