Open Publish 2001 Program and Presentation Summary
July 27, 2001
Below is an overview of all the sessions of Open Publish 2001 - the Asia Pacific region's first annual conference for people working with standards in traditional, electronic and digital media. Also included are downloads of most of the presentations. The sessions inlude such broad topics as, scalable graphics, print & press, PDF, XML, eBooks, data exchange and content management.
We have also taken the time to filter out the particular sessions related to ePublishing. Follow these links to see more:
Monday, 30 July
CONTENT MANAGEMENT PRESENTED BY FIRMWAREDESIGN
Web Design 2001 Conference Series
Open Publish is pleased to host this special
Content Management conference - part of the
Web Design 2001 conference series presented
The Content Management conference explores
the concept that "content is king", demonstrating
the many different views of content management
from both the developer's and the user's perspective.
Issues covered will include:
- Where do you keep it?
- Who authorises it?
- Who updates it?
- How can you access it?
Content management systems now form an
important and distinct category. Don't miss this
unique opportunity to learn more about content
management from the experts.
INTRODUCTION TO XML
Roman Strausov, Allette Systems
The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is one
of the most talked-about topics in information
technology today but how is it of use in the
publishing industry? How can it be implemented?
What are its strengths? What tools currently
exist for its deployment? Why not use SGML?
This introductory course is intended to give delegates
a basic understanding of XML and the
suite of related technologies such as Extensible
Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT).
Delegates should have some appreciation of
markup languages such as HTML or SGML in
order to get the most value from this seminar.
Topics covered will include XML markup,
namespaces, Schemas, processing, tools and
applications. The course will also cover the role of XML in
supporting multiple delivery mediums such as
web, paper and eBook.
STRATEGIES FOR OPEN COLOUR MANAGEMENT
Nadish Naoroji, Multimatch Australia
Colour management is one of the most perplexing
issues facing designers, printers and
publishers today. In this tutorial Nadish Naoroji,
Australia's foremost authority on colour management,
will teach the essentials of:
- Colorimetric standards for data exchange.
- The use of device-independent colour spaces.
- High efficiency (automated) workflow paths.
- Predictable and repeatable colour in both short - and long-term.
SCALABLE VECTOR GRAPHICS (SVG)
Nick Hodge, Adobe Australia
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a relatively
new World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specification
which makes it possible to express
vector graphics (and more) in an XML form.
Being XML-based, you can also dynamically create
vector images from applications - including
Web-based CGIs. An understanding of SVG is
imperative to the use of graphics on the Web.
ACROBAT 5 INTENSIVE TRAINING
Carl Young, DigiPub Solutions, USA
In this tutorial you will learn time-saving techniques
that you can apply to your job as a PDF
creator. You will also learn about the major features
in Acrobat giving you new insights into how
to deploy Acrobat in your organization.
Tuesday, 31 July
- Creating PDFs from Word, FrameMaker and other applications.
- Troubleshooting techniques.
- Enhancing PDFs with bookmarks, links, video and audio.
- Adding comments to PDFs.
- Creating forms from paper, page layout applications and the web.
- Using PDFMark to cut down on post-creation time and energy.
YXML? WHAT'S WRONG WITH PDF?
Tom Worthington, Dept. Comp. Science, ANU
PDF's origins are as a page description language and consequently
it has inherent limitations when compared to the printed
page. This presentation looks at the limitations of PDF and considers
whether XML can overcome them.
THANK GOD IT'S NOT IN PDF!
Vickie Richardson, Netimpact Online Publishing, ACT
Innovative publishing with PDF tends to become subsumed by the
overwhelming number of poorly published PDF documents and
the perception that PDF is difficult to use. This session looks at
examples of innovative and imaginative processing of PDF files.
THE NEXT WAVE OF THE PUBLISHING REVOLUTION - NETWORK PUBLISHING
Craig Tegel, Managing Director, Adobe Systems Australia
Publish anything, anywhere, on any device... That's the vision behind Network Publishing,
the next publishing revolution defined by Adobe Systems. This presentation will explore
Network Publishing and how partnerships between Adobe and ATG, HP, Interwoven,
Nokia, and RealNetworks are embracing the Network Publishing vision.
DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT AND META-DATA
Charles Myers, Director of Business Development, Adobe USA
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a critical problem to resolve before the next
generation of publishing systems can become a reality. As Adobe's Director of Business
Development in the Document Systems Group of Adobe USA, Charles Myers is at the
epicentre of this issue and ideally placed to overview the challenges of DRM.
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND PUBLISHING
Tim Kannegieter, Standards Australia
Knowledge Management is finally moving from media hype
to practical implementation. The paper describes Standards
Australia Knowledge Management Framework with reference to
issues such as meta-data, validation and cultural barriers.
CONTENT MANAGEMENT - AN OLD BOOK WITH A NEW COVER?
Richard Kevan, Tier Australia
What does Content Management really mean? Is it a new technique,
or something we've always done? This session discusses
the convergence of publishing information and a recent initiative,
XML Meta-data Interchange (XMl).
CASE STUDY: DIGITAL PUBLISHING AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Tony Goodman, Independent Consultant
The Sydney 2000 Olympics set many benchmarks for sport but
digital publishing benchmarks were also set that outstripped anything
established at previous Olympics. This presentation will look
at this demanding and interesting publishing process.
CROSS-CULTURAL TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS TODAY
Teresa Mulvihil, Digital Boardwalk, Inc. USA
In the global economy, successful technical communicators cannot
afford to ignore cultural influences on information presentation.
This paper reviews effective ways to globalise and localise information
using HTML, XML, WML, WAP and Acrobat.
IMPROVING WEB LINKING USING XLINK
David Lowe, University of and Technology, Sydney
Erik Wilde, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
XML has heralded a substantial change in the way in which
content can be managed. Prominent among these changes is the
greatly enhanced model for linking functionality that is enabled by
the emerging XLink and XPointer standards.
Chaired by Ross Wilkinson, CSIRO Australia
Dr. Ross Wilkinson leads a research group at CSIRO. His principal
research interests are in the area of document computing.
This panel is a forum for publishing issues at the academic level.
FLASH AND RICH MEDIA ON THE WEB
John Paull, Macromedia
Macromedia are key suppliers of web design and deployment
applications including the increasingly-popular Flash technology.
MAC OS X AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING TWENTY YEARS ON
Eric Persijn, Apple Computer
Apple have been at the front of desktop publishing since that term
was coined in the 1980s. OS X now boasts native PDF support.
STREAMLINING THROUGH A UNIFIED DOCUMENT STRATEGY
Frank Daugelet, Lexmark
This session will demonstrate how to simplify work processes by
implementing a printing solution to streamline production.
THE FUTURE OF THE DOCUMENT (TBC)
Patrick Bernau, Fuji-Xerox
With over 50% market share in the digital and colour markets,
Fuji-Xerox are pivotal to the future of publishing documents.
Vendor Presentations Vendor Presentations Vendor Presentations
eBooks - AN INTRODUCTION
Karl De Abrew, BinaryThing.com, Australia
This session presents an overview of electronic book technology
making a comparison between currently available platforms and
applications and suggesting where the technology may be headed
in the coming years.
eBooks - THE LEGAL, TECHNICAL AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Tony Self, Hyperwrite, Australia
eBooks represent a bright future for publishing but there are
many issues yet to be resolved. In this session, we look at the
state of the eBook world, discover how they are created, and
examine some of the technical, legal and copyright issues.
The research stream is intended to highlight the work of leading
academics in the field of information sciences and publishing.
TIDDLER: CUSTOMISED PUBLISHING BASED ON XML PROFILES AND XML DATA SOURCES
Anne-Marie Vercoustre, Ross Wilkinson, CSIRO
There is an increasing emphasis on the delivery of information
that is tailored to individual needs in a given context.
This paper describes a system that integrates a discourse planner
with a system for querying a variety of heterogeneous document
collections and generates synthesised publication that is
personalised to the user in a coherent form to a variety of media
including paper, Palm Pilots, and the web.
Craig Tegel, Adobe
InDesign is Adobe's long-awaited desktop publishing and design
application which integrates with many other Adobe products
QPS PUBLISHING WORKFLOW SYSTEM
James Edwards, Modulo Systems
QPS allows production managers and QuarkXPress(tm) users to
allocate files to users within a workflow system.
Wednesday, 1 August
XML FOR DATA EXTRACTION AND DELIVERY
Anita Nicholson, Idea Integration, USA
A recurring publishing problem is the ability to store, extract and
deliver data from a common repository in multiple, personalised
formats. In addition the issues of content management, the difficulty
of extracting data from a database into the proper structure
for catalog, internal reporting and database interfacing remain.
This paper suggests the Extensible Markup Language (XML) as
an enabling technology to address these problems.
CASE STUDY: A CUSTOM PUBLISHING SOLUTION FOR NRMA
James Robertson, Step Two Designs, Australia
In mid-1997 NRMA Insurance Limited was faced with the challenge
of creating a substantial online help system to document
their new front-line application. Due to the nature of the task a
decision was made to develop a custom publishing solution. This
talk will outline the design of the system, and will discuss the
benefits of building a solution out of a mix of useful technologies
(databases, XML, etc).
SUCCESSFUL CONTENT MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
David Drinkwater, TAFE NSW
Knowledge management, content management, e-learning systems
and electronic publishing in general require more than
requirements analysis and tool selection. Organisations must
have an understanding of their own perceptions and uses of content
and the workflow processes for creating, managing, publishing
and archiving content. This session explores the key elements
to success in research, analysis, evaluation and deployment.
THE INSIDES AND OUTSIDES OF CONTENT MANAGEMENT
Clare Gillespie, WAM!NET Australia
To date, technology has not been as kind as it could be to
content management systems developed internally either from
pre-packaged software or home-grown solutions. This presentation
will look at possible solutions through the combined
use of internal networking and management expertise with
outside resources possessing both software and infrastructure
CASE STUDY: APPLICATION OF PDF IN A CHILD WELFARE CONTEXT
Morri Young, Matrix Organisation Support, Australia
In 1997 the major Australian children's charity, Barnardos
Australia and the University of NSW, began to research a new
way of capturing information about children and young people
who live in foster care and children's homes. This presentation will
describe how a solution based on Acrobat Forms technology was
developed and deployed.
AUTOMATED GENERATION OF PACKAGING ARTWORK
Tim Farrah, Amcor, Australia
Using programming libraries plus a web-based interface (for
which a patent is pending), this talk will look at an application
which uses an XML definition of artwork rules known as an
ARTemplate. This application supports the following capabilities:
the generation of rules-based barcodes; the generation of arbitrary
dielines incorporating a parametric CAD engine; the placement
of logos and other artwork elements sourced from an asset
BOOKS THAT MOVE THE WAY YOU DO
Bob Jansen, Turtle Lane Studios, Australia
This paper looks at a technology developed for the delivery of
multiple, parallel, synchronised media through a web browser in
order to facilitate access to complex information spaces beyond
the capability of traditional books or eBooks. The paper discusses
the ideas underlying the architecture, details some products
already developed or under development and concludes with
a discussion of enhancements to the technology.
XML'S ROLE IN BUSINESS CONTENT MANAGEMENT
Brian Dirking, IntraNet Solutions
Today's business content management requires direct contribution
from a variety of native sources, easy publishing to the Web
and real-time output to a variety of devices and formats. This
session will look at XML's role in business content management
and its upcoming evolution as the variety of devices accessing
online content - including PDAs and cell phones - expands.
PROOFING A POINT - ENSURING COLOUR FIDELITY
Andy McCourt, CyraChrome, Australia
Of all the issues in the publishing cycle, colour matching must be
the most emotive. This presentation will cover ICC profiles, CIE
Lab and monitor RGB colour and show how to achieve better
CMYK concept proofs, leading to contract proofs and imposition
proofs. The keys are to be found in calibration, consistency of
software, print engine, ink and paper, ink gamut and ability to
reproduce a result from machine-to-machine and site-to-site.
STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE COLOUR MANAGEMENT
Nadish Naoroji, Multimatch Australia
In this presentation you will hear how existing Densitometric
Controls are useless in automated workflows and why you should
implement Colorimetric Controls to remain competitive. Colour
management issues covered include: the National Colorimetric
Standards for digital data exchange; the use of device-independent
colour spaces; and high-efficiency workflow paths.
NEW TRICKS FOR OLD DOGS: STANDARDS IN TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING
Gerard Reid, Egan-Reid Ltd, Australia
For many years people have dreamed of being able to "automate"
publication production, however huge number of variables and
inconsistency in inputs and processing methods have stood in
the way of achieving this goal. This paper proposes some ways
through staff training; quality control systems; power use of software
and process controls
END TO END PUBLISHING
Dwayne Stocks, Solution 6, Australia
Over the past 15 years, the corporate publishing industry has
undergone dramatic changes. This presentation will examine
issues such as:
- Meta-data generation and maintenance (AGLS, AGIFT, etc).
- Integrating the desktop environment (Microsoft Word).
- Implementing version control and workflow.
- Multiple output delivery strategies and information reuse.
GETTING STARTED WITH THE ADOBE ACROBAT 5 SDK
Karl De Abrew, BinaryThing.com, Australia
There are many ways to extend Adobe Acrobat to inter-operate
with your development projects. This session gives you an
introduction to plug-ins, Inter-Application Communication (IAC),
Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE), and the rest of the Acrobat SDK
toolbox. It will also highlight the new features of the Acrobat 5.0
SDK to assist you in getting started in designing and developing
Acrobat plug-ins or integrating Acrobat with your application.
Acrobat 5 SDK Developers' Forum
Chaired by Karl De Abrew
Karl De Abrew is the founder and CEO of BinaryThing.com, the
team that brings you the Planet PDF Web community. Karl is
a moderator at industry events such as Seybold Seminars PDF
Special Interest Day and a writer for the Adobe.com ePaper
center with his column "Pulp Free". Karl has been involved with
almost every aspect of PDF development.
Gurvinder Batra, TechBooks, USA
Traditionally, publishing workflows were built on the need for the
delivery of a single print product. As a result of this workflow,
format and content were combined to produce a single highly
stylized document for print. To accomplish this effectively the
Extensible Markup Language (XML) has evolved and must be
inherent in this new publishing model. This presentation will
examine how to implement an XML publishing infrastructure.
XML IN ONLINE HELP DOCUMENATION
Chris Higgs, HTML Writers Guild
XML is a meta-language that simplifies SGML into a format most
people are capable of using. However the advantages of XMLbased
technologies aren't generally realised without supporting
examples that demonstrate the implementation. This session
looks at how XML-based technologies can be used in the development
of online help documentation.
DROWNING BETWEEN THE TAGS
Phil Cohen, HCi, Australia
Documents exist for one reason only: to communicate. No matter
how they are formatted, stored or searched, documents will not
work at all unless the content is there. But how do you control
content? Are there standards available that can be implemented?
This session will look at what goes in between the tags with
particular reference to quality systems and system maintenance
PPML: OPENING DOORS TO PERSONALISED COMMUNICATIONS
Anthony Parnemann, Electronics for Imaging, Australia
In 1993, digital printing made it possible to print high quality
individualised messages in full colour but until recently there has
been no standard for colour printing with reusable content. This
presentation will explain how the Personalised Printer Markup
Language (PPML) technology works, and the digital printing workflows
that support this new standard.
Karl De Abrew, BinaryThing.com, Australia
Electronic books (eBooks) are predicted by Forrester Research
to occupy 17.5% of the publishing industry by the year 2005.
However, of this amount, only $251 million will come from eBooks
for eBook devices. Publishers' expectations of trade eBook sales
are pessimistic but largely unfounded with some stating that the
"drawbacks of reading onscreen will discourage all but the most
Electronic Book Workshop
Presented by Karl De Abrew
In this session we will demonstrate the process of actually creating
an electronic book. Karl will compare the process of creating a
book using PDF technology and Microsoft's .lit file format as used
by the Microsoft Reader.
ACROBAT 5 AND PDF 1.4
Carl Young, DigiPuB Solutions, USA
PDF 1.4 (Acrobat 5) brings the Portable Document Format to a
new level. Not only are the files themselves portable, but so is
the data. With tagged PDF and structured PDF, data can more
easily be brought into and extracted from PDF files. For users,
this means it is easier to save a PDF file as richly-formatted text,
or to extract the graphics. For developers, applications can be
written to move data into and out of PDF files.
INSIDE ACROBAT PLUG-INS AND TOOLS
Daniel Shea, BinaryThing.com, Australia
There are well over 480 products that complement the functionality
of Adobe's PDF tools. In this session, we'll give you an overview
of the 10 most popular PDF tools from BinaryThing.com's
Planet PDF community. These are: Jaws PDF Creator, Gemini
V3, ARTS Split & Merge Wizard, StampPDF, EZ-PDF, PDF
Converter, ARTS PDF Workshop, PDF ImageWorks, BCL Drake,
& Quite Imposing Plus.
Acrobat 5 Discussion Forum Charles Myer, Adobe; Karl De Abrew, BinaryThing.com; Craig Tegel, Adobe; Carl Young, DigiPub Solutions
Chaired by Carl Young
In this forum, a diverse team of industry authorities will field questions
collected from the audience during the day, as well as from
the floor. They will attempt to answer all issues and questions
related to the use of PDF for electronic documents. Topic areas
Thursday, 2 August
- Server-side PDF
- PDF forms
- XML and PDF
- PDF and handheld devices
- Cross-platform PDF
- Digital signatures
- Interactive PDF
- CD distribution of PDF files.
DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT: ENABLING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL
Brent Fisse, Mia Garlick, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers
Digital rights management (DRM) systems are the driving factor
in maintaining and protecting the value and allowing publishers
to control when and how their electronic information is copied
as well as who can access that information. DRM systems also
facilitate new pricing and usage strategies which were not possible
in the offline environment. This presentation will examine the
significance of DRM systems for the publishing industry.
Jon Jermey, Australian Society of Indexers
In the English-speaking world any serious non-fiction book
requires an alphabetical index and the profession of indexing has
developed to meet that need. Website developers, however, have
been slow to adopt this important means of improving usability.
Many rely on text-based searching; others on a hyperlinked structure
which may not be understood by the user. This paper will
look at the value of indexing in the web environment.
THE EXTENSIBLE BUSINESS REPORTING LANGUAGE: AN OVERVIEW
David Hardidge, Ernst & Young, Australia
The Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) now has
over 85 members operating in over 18 countries. This presentation
will describe the how and why of XBRL as it applies
to the publishing industry, arguing that XBRL can be: prepared
efficiently; exchanged reliably; published more easily; analysed
quickly and retrieved by investors simply.
ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING WITH XML AND XSL
Benjamin Jung, John McKeown, deepX Ltd, Ireland
The authors were involved in the production of electronic proceedings
for the XML Europe conferences in 2000 and 2001.
To ensure a consistent structure in a variety of output formats
and support ease of maintenance, XML technologies were used
throughout the development process from authoring to production
and distribution. This paper presents the processes, details and
characteristics of a number of content formats supported by electronic
reader devices and software.
CASE STUDY: ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Mike Blair, Butterworths Asia
For more than ten years, legal publishers have been grappling
with the often delicate issues surrounding the electronic publishing
of legal documents on the web and, before that, on CD-ROM.
This session will look at the challenges for editorial and production
workflows in the legal environment and how these problems
have been overcome, with reference to the work undertaken by
one of the largest legal publishing organisations in the world.
A BRAVE NEW WORLD - eBookS AND MOBILE CONTENT
Michael Halter, Indataco, Australia
The demand for mobile content is changing the way we create,
present and reuse our information. Consumers are starting to
want access to content via mobile phones and wireless devices.
This presentation will examine the digital author's need to protect
copyright and control usage, while providing continued ease of
access to information.
FASTER AND SMARTER PUBLISHING IN DEFENCE
Debbie Tulloch, Australian Department of Defence
Until recently, the Army Doctrine Centre was predominantly a
paper-based print organisation. However over the last 12 months
focus has been on researching and trialing new ways of delivering
publications to the defence community via smarter and faster
means than print. This presentation will look at the transition from
paper-only publishing to supporting the web and CD-Rom.
CONTENT MANAGEMENT IN A DEFENCE CONTRACTING ENVIRONMENT
William Hall, Tenix Defence Anzac Ship Project
The most expensive documentation in the defence contracting
environment is bid development and drafting and administering
contracts and subcontracts. However, in order for this process
to be automated, common standards are required across the
entire defence community. Useful standards are being developed
by the internationally based LegalXML organisation - http://
www.legalxml.org/. This paper will look at what benefits can be
gained from the kinds of standards being developed.
VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE: XML FROM STANDARD TEXT DOCUMENTS
Wayne Threlfall, Defence Publishing Service, Australia
The Australian Defence Publishing Service's DocGen replacement
application (codename Bridge) is a powerful method for
taking ordinary text or scanned documents, converting them
into "standardised" Word documents (in this case conforming to
Defence's Writing Standards) and then exporting them to either
XML/SGML/HTML with a specified DTD or schema attached.
Defence Publishing Forum
Chaired by Wayne Threlfall
This session provides a venue for defence and related
industry representatives to hear the current stance and future
directions relating to the use of publishing technologies
in the defence industry.
PUBLISHING CHANGES AND CHALLENGES
WEB-BASED DOCUMENT REVIEW AND ANNOTATION
Philip Rutherford, WebOrganics, Australia
One of the more time consuming and clumsy aspects of the
publishing process has been the collection and organisation of
peer review comments and editorial annotations. What this presentation
will examine is how the web can provide a mechanism
to streamline and accelerate this process. It will also look at the
issues of managing permissions and security of public and private
OPEN ELECTRONIC BOOK DRM STANDARDS
Renato Iannella, Chief Scientist, IPR Systems
While the web is changing the nature of information distribution from a passive one
way flow (publisher to the end-user) to a more interactive cycle where content is reused,
combined and extended ad infinitum, Digital Rights Management (DRM) is now
emerging as a formidable new challenge. This presentation will focus on the objectives
and requirements of DRM to date and possibilities for the future.
PDF WITHIN THE OS. WHAT WILL IT MEAN?
Eric Persijn, Marketing Manager, Apple Computer
Apple Computer's native support for PDF in its new Unix-based Mac operating system,
OS X, represents the first time PDF has been richly supported at the operating
system level. In this presentation, Creative Markets Marketing Manager, Eric Persijn,
will outline what Apple is doing to bring PDF workflows to the masses and how this
decision may herald wider and more effective use of PDF technology.