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XML World 2000, held this year in the Boston Park Plaza during the first week of September, was a complete success with a record number of attendees participating in a program that was widely praised for its diversity, energy and quality. The platinum sponsor of the event, Software AG, blanketed Boston in advertisements so that everyone passing through Logan Airport, getting into a taxi or reading a local newspaper was aware that XML was big and that XML World was in town. Infoteria, a gold sponsor of XML World, took the opportunity to make some announcements and to host the social event of the week at a fashionable Boston night club.

The opening plenary of the conference delivered a number of perspectives on XML. The keynote of Tim Berners-Lee, on the position of XML within the overall architecture of the web, was followed first by an exploration of distributed computing with XML by Edd Dumbill of XML.COM and then by a full-on introduction to the business impact of XML by Jaime Ellertson of Broadvision. This was then followed by a second plenary session where the audience was confronted by unrestrained endorsement being given to XML by the software industry's leading forces. Microsoft's David Turner, Software AG's Chris Horak, IBM's Scott Hebner, and the irrepressible XML champion from Sun Microsystems, Simon Phipps, all drove the point home - XML is here, it is all around you, and it will soon change your life. Example after example was given of the benefits that we will all enjoy in the aftermath of radical integration that XML enables.

Many attendees approached me as the conference chair to congratulate us on the quality of the speakers, the technical depth of the track sessions, and the interest level amongst the people that had been brought together. Exhibitors provided similar feedback and the spacious exhibit hall turned out to be just large enough to accommodate the exhibit visitors. Personally, I found XML World 2000 to be among the most energetic and interesting events that I have attended in the domain of structured markup languages - and I have attended most of them over the last ten years. Many of the attendees were new to XML but were nonetheless attempting very ambitious implementations. Discussions spilled out of the conference facility and exhibit hall and were often found taking place over exquisite sea food, good Italian cuisine and even some outstanding Vietnamese noodle dishes.

XML World 2000 has, quite simply, set a high standard against which all other XML conferences will be measured. Certainly, XML World 2000 was the best XML event yet convened, and I am proud to have been a part of it.



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