Re: [unrev-II] Revised Agenda

From: John J. Deneen (
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 13:26:08 PDT

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    "John J. Deneen" wrote:

    > Eric Armstrong wrote:
    > > Presentations
    > > -------------
    > > These are the presentations we currently have on the calendar.
    > > * Werner Schaer, Software Productivity Consortium
    > > (next meeting)
    > > * Doug Engelbart: Augment
    > > (whenever ready)
    > >
    > > Topics
    > > ------
    > > This is the prioritized list of topics we generated as a result of email
    > > participation.
    > >
    > > 1) The WBI vector
    > > --Jack/Adam: Experiences with WBI and Weblets
    > > --Jack: An architectural proposal based on experience
    > > with WBI
    > > --Doug: Anything to add?
    > >
    > > 2) Building the "Narrative"
    > > A verbal picture that clearly presents what the system is,
    > > what it does, and gives a view of how it works.

    Here's some examples about XML authoring tools by (1) and (2) for publishing and content/knowledgement management applications:

    (1) The core of Yomu's product development effort is the Extensible Markup
    Language (XML) toolset, which provides an infrastructure for building XML-based
    applications. It includes fundamental support for the XML family of standards,
    including XML itself, XML Information Set (Infoset), Extensible Stylesheet
    Language (XSL), Cascading Stylesheets (CSS), XSL Transformations (XSLT), XML
    Path Language (XPath), XML Linking Language (XLink) and XML Pointer Language
    (XPointer). It also includes support for the Open eBook (OEB) standard as a
    fundamental building block of ebooks. We encourage you to visit the following
    sites for more information about the family of technology standards.

    Links to XML, XSL, CCS, XSLT, XPath, XLink, XPointer, and OEB

    Ęsop: A Browser for XML Documents and Open eBook Publication Structures

    (2) XMetaL is an advanced, simple to deploy XML authoring tool that delivers
    unprecedented ease of use and hides the complexity of XML from authors. A
    familiar word processor like environment makes XMetaL a broadly deployable
    solution that drastically reduces training and implementation costs. By enabling
    users to generate XML source documents XMetaL streamlines the publishing process
    and virtually eliminates the high costs of on-going document conversion.

    XMetaL's extensive customization features enable the authoring environment to be
    optimized for any DTD, without programming. Its COM-based architecture and
    support for any Windows scripting language ensures that XMetaL can be extended
    and integrated into any existing publishing infrastructure. Its comprehensive
    support of SGML and web technologies makes XMetaL the ideal tool for any hybrid
    SGML/XML environment and firmly establishes XMetaL as the next- generation
    solution for all structured content applications.

    Content creators will love XMetaL's ease of use and IT professionals will
    appreciate its simple deployment capabilities. Whether your business is creating
    content for technical publications, content management, knowledge management,
    on-line publishing, or any other application that benefits from XML, XMetaL is
    the perfect content creation solution.

    A Revolution in Digital Content Creation

    > >
    > > 3) Evaluations of "Starter Technologies"
    > > These are the early collaboration tools we may well want
    > > to employ as we go about designing the next generation
    > > system. We could build a starter system ourselves, but it
    > > might make sense to use an existing tool for that purpose.
    > > [Note: We need to get on to item 3 fast, for Doug's use
    > > in Washington, so we may wind up dividing up the list
    > > for evaluations in one meeting, then farming out the
    > > highly-evaluated possibilities for evaluation by someone
    > > else. So this item should be a fairly quick "report/
    > > assign activity.]
    > >
    > > 4) Use Case Scenarios
    > > Still very high level. What the people using the system
    > > are going to be doing, how it is going to help them.
    > > Doug is going to Washington in a month. This exercise
    > > will help bring into focus the concrete benefits the
    > > system will provide. (Since people can readily visualize
    > > concrete benefits, this activity should help with the
    > > funding effort.)
    > >
    > > 5) Technology Roadmap
    > > A development plan that shows what we intend to build long
    > > term and the release stages we plan to go through to get
    > > there.
    > >
    > > 6) Licensing and Business Model
    > > How we are going to do things in a way that makes the
    > > results available to humanity, yet provides the income
    > > necessary to ensure continued development and
    > > concept-marketing (to achieve widespread adoption of
    > > interoperating collaboration technologies provided by a
    > > large number of vendors, with the ultimate goal of
    > > augmenting (collaborative) human intelligence on the
    > > shortest possible time scale.
    > >
    > FYI: Digital-rights-management technology
    > Xerox, Microsoft Launch Intellectual Property Firm
    > By Bill Roberts
    > Xerox and Microsoft Thursday launched a new company they hope will boost the
    > nascent
    > digital-rights-management market.
    > ContentGuard Inc., a spin-off from Xerox based in McLean, Va., will use
    > intellectual property
    > developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center over the past ten years.
    > Microsoft holds a
    > minority equity stake, the size of which it declined to divulge. It will
    > also be a major customer of
    > ContentGuard.
    > Digital-rights-management technology allows authors, artists, songwriters,
    > and programmers to
    > protect and control the way in which intellectual property on the Internet
    > is used, copied,
    > distributed, and purchased. Experts expect various business models to
    > evolve, giving publishers
    > and others a better way to recover royalties on work distributed over the
    > Internet.
    > "We're bringing to market a new cross-platform capability that can enhance
    > what others are
    > already doing or give them something they don't have yet," said Michael
    > Miron, ContentGuard's
    > CEO and a former Xerox executive.
    > Microsoft plans to enable its entire product line with the technology, said
    > CEO Steve Ballmer at a
    > briefing. Microsoft studied technologies it could buy or build and "it
    > became clear that Xerox's
    > patent portfolio was the key," he said.
    > This summer when Microsoft Reader, a product for displaying electronic
    > books, is released, it will
    > be the first Microsoft product with ContentGuard technology. All products,
    > including
    > MediaPlayer, Explorer, Office applications, and the Windows operating system
    > itself will
    > eventually be ContentGuard-enabled.
    > Analysts said the joint venture should provide a boost to the
    > digital-rights-management industry,
    > which has seen several young players but no maturity.
    > "Microsoft embedding these ContentGuard technologies in their products is
    > huge," said Alan
    > Weintraub, an analyst at the Gartner Group. "We will begin to see an
    > industry standard emerge
    > now."
    > ContentGuard hopes to create a standard with its Extensible rights Markup
    > Language (XrML), an
    > XML vocabulary. ContentGuard will give away XrML and won't charge royalties.
    > Xerox executives
    > said more than 20 companies, including Adobe Systems, Barnes & Noble, and of
    > course, Microsoft,
    > have adopted XrML and an organization has been founded to oversee its
    > evolution (
    > Analysts cautioned that XrML isn't a done deal as a standard. "It's just
    > proposed at this stage,"
    > noted Amy Wohl, an analyst and president of Wohl Associates.
    > If ContentGuard and the digital-rights industry are successful, Weintraub
    > said, by 2002 the
    > Internet could see widespread use of digital-rights-management tools to help
    > publishers, other
    > creators, and purveyors recover fees and royalties for digital content.
    > "This development says
    > content isn't free on the Internet," he said.
    > >
    > > 7) Data Structures
    > > Identifying the "atomic" structure (or structures) that can
    > > be strung together to build the system.
    > >
    > > 8) Encodings & Protocols
    > > How the structures are stored, accessed, and moved around.
    > >
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