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Industry Leaders to Address Shifting XML Terrain in Keynotes at IDEAlliance's Annual Conference; XML 2005 Chair Recognizes Key Role of Sponsors, Co-Hosts & Exhibitors

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Five industry leaders will present keynotes at XML 2005 on topics such
as semantic web deployment, next-generation web services, present and
future infrastructure, data management, and how XML is changing our
lives at work and home. IDEAlliance, the producers of XML 2005, have
also released a current list of corporate sponsors and co-hosts for the
event, November 14-18 in Atlanta, Ga., USA.

Keynotes kick off XML 2005 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and close the
conference on Thursday. Confirmed speakers and their topics include:

-- Jim Hendler, University of Maryland professor, explaining what the
semantic web is all about and dispelling myths regarding its
relationship with XML.

-- Steven G. Harris, vice president of Oracle's Java Platform Group,
showing how XML and web services play a pivotal role in the modern
application blueprint.

-- David Campbell, Microsoft SQL Server general manager for data engine
and access technologies, exploring where the current XML infrastructure
stands and where it is heading.

-- Robert Picciano, vice president of data management for IBM
Corporation, presenting his vision on XML's critical role in database

-- David Megginson, principal of Megginson Technologies, discussing
XML-based technologies such as blog syndication and recomposable web
sites and attempting to answer the question, "Does XML matter"?

The keynote presentations are the cornerstones of a program that
includes nearly two-dozen tutorials and 120 technical sessions. The
current program schedule, with session descriptions, is available at

Seven corporate sponsors have signed up to support XML 2005.
Diamond-level sponsors to date are Justsystem Corporation, RenderX and
Sun Microsystems. Gold sponsors are Blast Radius, Design Science, IBM
and Microsoft. Standards organizations that are co-hosting the event
include Health Level 7, Liberty Alliance Project, NISO, OASIS,
RosettaNet, W3C, WS-I, and Sponsorships and exhibit
opportunities are still available; for more information visit:

"This year's event is showing how XML is becoming more and more
integral to the corporate IT landscape, as well as affecting people's
everyday lives," says Lauren Wood, senior technical program manager at
Sun Microsystems and XML 2005 Conference chair. "Many of the newest web
technologies are built on XML and would not be possible without it."

About IDEAlliance

IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a
not-for-profit membership organization. Its mission is to advance
user-driven, cross-industry solutions for all publishing and
content-related processes by developing standards, fostering business
alliances, and identifying best practices. Founded in 1966 as the
Graphic Communications Association, IDEAlliance has been a leader in
information technology - developing Document Markup Metalanguage
(GENCODE), sponsoring the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML),
and fostering eXtensible Markup Language (XML). IDEAlliance builds on
these languages to create specifications that enhance efficiency and
speed information in all aspects of publishing and content-related
processes. Learn more about IDEAlliance at

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