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The deadline schedule for XTech '99 presentations has been changed
from a "soft" deadline of Monday, December 14, 1998, to a "hard"
deadline of Friday, January 8, 1999.  The change reflects a growth in
the size and importance of the conference that requires increased lead
time in the planning and preparation of printed schedules.  Where
formerly we were asking for early proposals but allowing late
submissions to within a few weeks of the conference, we are now
setting one deadline for all submissions well in advance of the
conference.

We will make a serious effort to find a space for late-breaking
news of really serious import, but if you want a spot on stage,
you'd better get your proposal in now.

THE CONFERENCE

XTech '99 is the third annual West Coast spring GCA conference for XML
and related standards.  Last spring's conference, held in Seattle,
sold out at more than 700 attendees.  This year's event, to be held
March 7-11 in the San Jose Convention Center, promises even more
essential news and information for the XML technologist plus a
parallel event, XIO '99, for the live demonstration of cross-product
interoperability among exhibitors of XML products.  The primary
sponsors of XTech '99 are the Graphic Communications Association, Sun
Microsystems, and OASIS.  See http://www.gca.org for details.

PROPOSAL FORMAT

The single most important criterion for acceptance of papers at
XTech'99 will be the presentation of new technology.  The goal of
XTech'99 is to showcase the latest technical developments.  Put
simply, to have the best chance of getting on stage, you should be
prepared to demonstrate some XML-related technology that will be news
to the audience.

As with previous events in this series, formal papers need not be
submitted in advance.  Instead, proposals should be submitted in clear
text to [log in to unmask] in the following form:

   Author's name and job title
   Organization
   Postal address
   Email address
   Telephone
   Fax
   Abstract (500 words or more)
   Two-sentence description for conference brochure
   Target audience
   Biographical information
   New technology that will be demonstrated

All presentations are 45 minutes in length and must be accompanied at
the time of the conference by an electronic version suitable for
posting on the conference web site.  Proposals for half-day and
full-day tutorials are also welcome and should be sent to
[log in to unmask] using the format above.

Categories for presentations and tutorials include network messaging,
publishing systems, programming, tools, and products.  Presentations
must be related to XML, XLink, XSL, RDF, DOM, and related standards,
but are not limited to web applications of those standards.  While
there will be a track for case studies and other management topics,
the primary XTech audience remains the XML developer and expert user,
and therefore a strong priority will, as always, be given to running
implementations and the very latest developments in tools and
techniques.

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Jon Bosak, Chair, W3C XML Coordination Group and XML Plenary
Tim Bray, Co-chair, W3C XML Syntax Working Group; Co-author, XML 1.0
   Specification