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Readers of this list who plan to attend the SGML '96 conference in
Boston next month, or who would like to be able to attend, may be
interested in the conference's Call for Poster Presentations, which I
append.  Final deadline for inclusion in the conference poster program
is 8 November.  Deadline for free blowups of your text is, well,
tomorrow.
 
SGML '96 is the largest and most important SGML conference of the
year, and the one most hospitable to academics and academic concerns.
I have had the good fortune to be able to attend for several years,
and have invariably found it well worth while.
 
Academics for whom the standard registration fee is too steep should
probably call the conferences' Poster Chair, Debbie Lapeyre of
Mulberry Technologies, to see if she can do anything for you.
 
-C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
 
 
 
                 Be Part of the Conference at SGML '96:
                        GIVE A TECHNICAL POSTER!
 
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WHAT IS A POSTER ?
 
A "poster" is actually a bulletin board that displays several large,
poster-sized pieces of paper.  The posters provide an overview of a
technical topic, problem, question, product, or case study.  Think
of a poster as an opportunity to publish a very short article and
discuss it with your peers.
 
The typical poster is not just a shortened version of a standard
conference talk (although those are acceptable!); posters are less
formal and more interactive.  Your posters will be on view at the
conference from Monday morning through Thursday noon, so the main
ideas should be clear without explanation.
 
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WHAT IS A POSTER SESSION?
 
A Poster Session is time set aside for people to view posters.
During a Poster Session, there are no planned speeches or
presentations.  Attendees wander through a gallery of displayed
posters as they might visit an exhibit hall, stopping at the
presentations that interest them.  Posters are grouped by topic, and
there is a program that describes all the posters.
 
Each poster presenter stands next to his/her poster for at least one
hour during at least one of the poster sessions, to talk to the
people who visit and to answer questions.  In essence, each presenter
becomes the center of a discussion group concerning his/her topic.
Presenters may share what they know or present problems to attendees
who can suggest solutions.
 
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WHY POSTER SESSIONS?  BECAUSE POSTERS:
 
*  Increase the number of people and the variety of points of view
and opinions presented at the meeting!
 
*  Encourage two-way communication (as opposed to the one-way
communication inherent in the structure of a lecture);
 
*  Allow detailed and esoteric presentations; and
 
*  Provide a forum for "small" presentations.
 
THERE WILL BE TWO POSTER SESSIONS during the conference:
    Monday morning:      11:00 AM to 12:45
    Wednesday morning:   11:15 AM to 12:45
 
You should stand by your poster at least once for 40 minutes or so.
 
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WHAT DOES A POSTER PRESENTER DO?
 
During a Poster Session: Be enthusiastic.  Talk to people.  Listen
to people.  Your function as a presenter is to converse with people
interested in your topic.  Expect a lot of questions.  Learn from
your audience; ask them questions.  There will be Post-It notes with
each poster so people can ask you questions even if  you aren't
there.  Check your poster throughout the conference!  (Hint: never
leave anything on or with your poster that you do not intend to be a
handout!)
 
 
 
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SGML '96 POSTER GUIDELINES
 
WHAT YOU PREPARE
 
1.  TITLE -- The topic for discussion at your poster location.
 
2.  ABSTRACT OR TOPIC STATEMENT -- A short paragraph describing your
topic/position/question
 
3.  CONTACT -- Name and address of poster presenter
 
(Title, abstract, and contact info will be published in the Poster
Program, which will be distributed to all conference attendees
before the conference.)
 
4.  POSTER(S) -- From one to three posters that describe what you
have to say.  Text should be large enough to read easily from 4 or 5
feet away.  No need to be fancy; some of the most interesting
posters have been hand-written with felt-tip markers on poster
boards.
 
5.  HANDOUTS -- (Optional)  Small boxes can be placed near your
board for handouts.  You can use handouts to share detailed
information, for example fragments of DTDs, code samples, tagged
documents, typeset pages, graphics, or even the contents of your
posters.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
*  No more than 3 posters per presentation  Do two technical
presentations if you like! (And please do a personal poster,
explained below.)
 
*  Poster size is approximately 22 x 28" (56 by 71 cm).  22 x 26" is
fine.
 
*  If you are going to make small originals and enlarge them: 8 1/2
x 11 or A4 paper with 10 point type expands to about the right size.
IMPORTANT: Use high quality paper, use high resolution, and don't
use letterhead!
 
DEADLINE/SCHEDULES
 
*  TO RESERVE SPACE AND BE LISTED IN THE POSTER PROGRAM -- BEFORE
NOVEMBER 8, 1996:  fax or e-mail your title, abstract, and contact
info to: Debbie Lapeyre;  Mulberry Technologies, Inc.; Suite 608;
6010 Executive Blvd.;   Rockville, MD USA 20852  (PH: 301-231-6933
FAX: 301-231-6935  E-mail:  [log in to unmask] or
[log in to unmask])
 
*  FREE ENLARGING -- BEFORE 1 NOVEMBER, 1996:  Send 8 1/2 x 11 or A4
paper to GCA and they will "blow up" your pages to poster size free
of charge.  GCA's address: Graphic Communications Association;
Poster Submission; ATTN: Joy Blake;  100 Daingerfield Road;
Alexandria, VA   USA   22314-2888
 
*  TO DO A POSTER: Posters are accepted even after the conference
has started.
 
POSTER CATEGORIES
 
There will be three classes of posters given this year:
 
*  TECHNICAL POSTER (described above)
 
*  VENDOR POSTERS -- advertise an SGML vendor, product, services,
etc.  This is advertising and THIS IS FREE!  (Plug your book,
advertise your shareware, convince us to buy your software or let
you handle our conversion, etc.)
 
*  PERSONAL POSTER -- who are you when you aren't doing SGML?  Show
us your picture and tell us who you really are (fencer, painter,
jazz musician, hacker, mother of 12, whatever!).  Introduce yourself
to the SGML Community!