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Name: Roger Fischer
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I am mostly interested in XML related development. Which means a lot of stuff: XSLT, XSL-FO, XML Schema, SVG, SMIL...;)

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27 Sep 2002 (updated 27 Sep 2002 at 00:57 UTC) »
Right now from the second Open Source CMS Conference in Berkeley

Yesterday we announced a contest:

Aim: Significant contribution to the Open Source Bitflux Editor.

Examples: Fancy CMS Implementation, IE Version, Documentation.

Price: Ticket to the next OSCOM conference (Tokyo or Harvard)

If OSCOM board agrees: short presentation of the contribution at the next OSCOM

Jury: The board members of the Bitflux Editor Association (and maybe the OSCOM board too)

More info about the Bitflux Editor at

The panel

Tom Weiss advises: Take a look at the commercial sector, they just haven't got viable business propositions.


21 Sep 2002 (updated 21 Sep 2002 at 14:37 UTC) »

I just saw
Why re-invent the wheel?, posted 20 Sep 2002 by kevindumpscore (G.R. Article: Interop in the Bazaar)

At OSCOM ( we created SlideML exactly because there are several XML presentation languages around and everyone thinks his/hers is the best. With SlideML we didn't reinvent only a language to write OSCOM presentations, but also a translator with which you can go to Docbook Slides, but also to OPML, to SVG, whatever.

IMHO SlideML is a new presentation mark up language that isn't devolped on scratch but integrates the best from the already existing xml presentation formats. It is also a true interop format (which none of the other presentation languages is today). It is lightweight (XHTML) and powerfull (full use of the neweste XML trends: Namespaces, XInclude, Dublin Core) at the same time. It is extendable, but also simple.

As for docbook

I for myself like Docbook quite a lot (we use a subset in our Bitflux CMS and we did our presentation at OSCOM 1 in Docbook Slides with our CMS) and I am very glad that XHTML 2.0. comes nearer to Docbook than any X/HTML before. But for some people Docbook is to heavy and they would prefer to use XHTML to write their presentation. So SlideML is some compromise, but a compromise with a lot of benefits for everyone (the Docbook Slides enthousiasts, as well as the AxKit, the OPML, the SVG,... enthousiasts.

I hope that clarifies some misunderstandings that I thought reading in Kevin's comment.


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