IDEAlliance Announces New TechDoc Community of Practice

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    IDEAlliance Announces New TechDoc Community of Practice

    Alexandria, VA. - (October 30, 2003) - In an effort to serve the TechDoc
    community, IDEAlliance, a leading trade association dedicated to fostering XML
    and other information technology standards, today announced the launch of a new
    TechDoc Community of Practice (CoP). In addition, strong content and
    networking opportunities for this community will be featured at the upcoming
    XML Conference and Exposition 2003, being held Dec. 7-12, at the Pennsylvania
    Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
    From the late 1980s until the mid-1990s, IDEAlliance (then known as the Graphic
    Communications Association) was highly involved with the technical
    documentation community, sponsoring an annual TechDoc Conference and
    Exposition, as well as smaller TechDoc workshops. According to Dianne Kennedy,
    Vice President of Publishing Technologies and Membership with IDEAlliance, the
    new CoP demonstrates IDEAlliance's renewed commitment to the TechDoc community.

    IDEAlliance is launching the new TechDoc Community of Practice (CoP) in an
    effort co-sponsored by Antenna House, Arbortext, Architag International,
    Astoria Software, Data Conversion Laboratory, Empolis, Exegenix, Valley Forge
    Technical Information Services and XyEnterprise.
    Brian Travis, Chief Technical Officer of Architag International and Chairman of
    the TechDoc CoP, explains the goal of the community: "We want to create a forum
    to represent the technology user/buyer in the technical documentation
    community. The CoP will provide for two-way communication between users and
    technology vendors and those creating the documentation standards. This
    creates a win-win situation. Users can share knowledge, develop best practices,
    have input into standards and specs, and assure interoperability of publishing
    tools. For vendors, the win is better products, more informed buyers, and a
    shortened sales cycle."
    "To kick off the new CoP, we are hosting online community events that make use
    of audio web-conferencing technology. We'll follow this up by providing
    program content and networking opportunities for those in the TechDoc community
    throughout the XML 2003 Conference," says Kennedy.
    Getting Involved with the TechDoc CoP
    Anyone can register to join the TechDoc CoP online at
    Initial community activities include a series of Web conference roundtable
    discussions focusing on critical TechDoc topics. Registration is free of
    charge. Upcoming TechDoc Webinars include:
    " Content Re-use - Tues. Nov. 4, 1:30 pm EST
    " Electronic Delivery - Tues. Nov. 11, 1:30 pm EST
    " Converting Legacy Documents - Tues. Nov. 18, 1:30 pm EST
    " Paper Composition - Tues. Nov. 25, 1:30 pm EST
    " System Design for Technical Publishing - Tues. Dec. 2, 1:30 pm EST
    Content from previous TechDoc Webinars are posted on the website.
    TechDoc Content at XML Conference and Exposition 2003
    The following presentations at XML Conference and Exposition 2003 will focus on
    topics of interest to the TechDoc community:
    " Dynamic Reusability: The Multiple Personalities of an XML Technical
    Document - Presenter: David W. Cooper, Vice President of Technology, Antech
    Systems, Inc.; Tues., Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
    " Saving $100 Million a Year with XML and SGML - Presenter: Joe Gollner,
    President, XIA Systems Corporation, Canada; Tues., Dec 9, 2:45 p.m.
    " The XML Technical Publishing Environment - Presenters: Brenda O'Busek,
    Principal, Technology Design Resources, and Betty Harvey, President, Electronic
    Commerce Connection, Inc.; Tues., Dec. 9, 4:45 p.m.
    " Adopting XML-Centric Publishing Workflows - Presenter: Daniel
    Nigloschy, President, Media Entities Inc.; Tues., Dec. 9, 4:45 p.m.
    " How the US Federal Government is Using XML - Presenter: Kenneth B.
    Sall, XML Consultant, SiloSmashers; Thurs., Dec. 11, 2 p.m.
    " Use of COTS XML and Web Services Technology for Current and Future DOD
    C2 Systems - Presenter: Joe J. Molitoris, Lead IS, Mitre; Thurs., Dec. 11, 2
    In addition to these XML 2003 presentations, Birds of a Feather (BoF) lunchtime
    discussions and evening Townhall Meetings have been scheduled to enable
    community members to interact at the conference. For more information, visit
    About the TechDoc Community of Practice
    The IDEAlliance TechDoc CoP is a group of technology users/buyers with the
    requirement to produce quality technical documentation in an efficient and
    cost-effective manner. The CoP enables users to share knowledge, develop best
    practices, have input into standards and specs and assure interoperability of
    publishing tools. For more information, see
    About XML 2003
    XML 2003 programs focus on critical XML topics such as B2B, content management,
    graphics and multimedia, publishing, vertical industry applications, Web
    services, and more. Keynote speakers and presenters at XML 2003 will include
    representatives from Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT); Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    (NASDAQ: SUNW); Oracle Server Technologies (NASDAQ: ORCL); Reuters (NASDAQ:
    RTRSY); BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS); Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ); and IBM
    Corporation (NYSE: IBM). For more information, visit
    About IDEAlliance
    IDEAlliance is a not-for-profit membership organization. The goal of
    IDEAlliance is to enable publishers and other information-driven enterprises to
    strategize, innovate, standardize and implement information technology
    solutions in an open and cooperative cross-industry environment. IDEAlliance
    provides the opportunity for those who create, produce, manage and deliver
    content to interface with those who develop the software tools to facilitate
    these functions. Learn more about IDEAlliance at
    MarionEll, Oct 30, 2003
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