XML 2006

Volume 9, Issue 113; 12 Nov 2006; last modified 08 Oct 2010

The annual XML shindig is less than a month away. If you haven't started to make your plans, the clock is ticking. In case it helps, I've whipped up an iCal version of the programme.

The annual XML Conference is just a few short weeks away. I'm participating in a panel on pipeline processing, so I've been planning to go for ages, but I just recently took a few minutes to skim the programme.

It looks like this year's chair, David Megginson, and the programme committee have done an outstanding job. The schedule this year has four parallel tracks: publishing, web, enterprise, and hands-on. It's a good organizing principle, but it invariably leads to conflicts.

My inclination today is to resolve conflicts as follows:

It strikes me as ironic that IDEAlliance can't manage to publish the schedules for XML conferences in a reasonable and accessible way. They do have the data, right? It wouldn't be hard to publish the XML sources, would it?

In any event, I dragged the data uphill out of the official programme in order to get it into my Sidekick. From there, it was an easy step to iCal file which I uploaded to Google Calendar just for fun.

Having gone to that much trouble, it seemed only logical to generate an HTML version with embedded hCalendar markup, so I did. I think it's valid, but I can't be sure.

See you in Boston!


Has anybody else noticed that this year's conference will be the 10th aniversary of the first formal announcement of XML as a W3C specification? Hard to believe it's been that long. Anyone know if there is any sort of commemoration planned?

—Posted by Eliot Kimber on 13 Nov 2006 @ 08:02 UTC #