International Symposium on 
XML Document Interchange: Fact or Fiction
"That XML file you sent me: what do you expect me to do with it?"

Since the dawn of markup languages, XML and its precursors have been sold as enabling document interchange. Does it work? Do we have document interchange? We send each other "documents" and pull documents out of the Cloud all the time. A lot of those documents are HTML and PDF, some are XML. Does XML really support document interchange?

Questions that motivate the symposium include: What are minimum requirements for interchange, and what must sender and recipient do to foster success? Are there levels of interchange? Can interchange be done "blind" without negotiation on both ends? How can quality of service be defined and measured, and what methods aid in graceful degradation of service? How does interchange differ from long-term sustainability of documents and document collections? How do we balance semantic interchange with fidelity to an original? What challenges are users having interchanging XML documents, and how are they overcoming them?

This one-day symposium will bring together researchers, government analysts, documentation specialists, consumers of documents, and XML practitioners to discuss the problems and challenges of document interchange. What is being done now and what more we can do?

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11 March 2011 - Peer review applications due
 8 April 2011 - Paper submissions due
 8 April 2011 - Applications due for student support awards
  20 May 2011 - Speakers notified
  8 July 2011 - Final papers due
1 August 2011 - Symposium on XML Document Interchange
2-5 August 2011 - Balisage: The Markup Conference

Chair: James D. Mason, Y-12 National Security Complex

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August 2-5, 2011                     
Pre-conference Symposium: August 1, 2011              Montreal, Canada