Media heavies to detail future of XML

Extensible Markup Language (XML) will be the hot topic for publishers in the 3rd annual Open Publish Conference, scheduled for July in Sydney.

Aimed at industrial, technical and corporate publishers, international speakers will examine how evolving technologies can improve traditional and electronic publishing.

"Since XML has become used in bank transactions and all sorts of data integration, many people are confused about how they can implement it and distribute documents to multiple publications, etc," said Nick Carr, conference chair and general manager of Allette Systems.

Carr said the three-day conference will also look at other infrastructure technologies like SVG, an Adobe-influenced technology which allows vector graphics to be included in XML pages.

The conference series began in the early 90s, when it was dedicated to SGML. The emergence of XML forced the conference into a wider focus, recognising open source technologies too. This year's event, which is expected to attract about 400 attendees, will be the ninth.

Vocabulary technologies will also be discussed. These being fields that designate types of information to allow searching.

Representatives from IBM, Oracle and Fairfax will speak, as well as Advent, the UK based publishing giant that produces about 300 million pages a year for Boeing, just one its many major customers.

While Open Publish has sister conferences in Europe and the UK, the Sydney one attracts many international attendees who are interested in Asian character support.

"People from overseas come here to learn about printing Chinese characters and the like because in places such as Japan they already know how to do it," Carr said.

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