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The XML FAQ — Frequently-Asked Questions about the Extensible Markup Language

Section 1: Basics

Q 1.15: Where do I find more information about XML?

Online and offline resources

Adam Retter writes:

XML Slack Workspace

There's a new Slack Workspace for the XML Community announced with a link in an article on XML.com. This is a vendor independent workspace, hosted by Lauren Wood and XML.com, and equally open to XSLT, XQuery, XForms, or whatever X technology. (Thanks to Debbie Lapeyre for the pointer.)

Online, there's the XML Specification and the ancillary documentation available from the W3C; Robin Cover's XML Cover Pages with an extensive list of online reference material and links to software; and a summary and condensed FAQ from Tim Bray; and thousands of reference resources available by typing ‘xml’ into Google or other search engine.

For offline resources, see the lists of books, articles, and software for XML in Robin Cover's XML Cover Pages (articles and books). That site should always be your first port of call for archived resources.

For access to experts, particularly in consultancy and training, see the XML Guild, whose members form a consortium of some of the best independent XML consultants in the world.

The events listed below are the ones I have been told about. Please mail me if you come across others: there are many other XML events around the world, and most of them are announced at conferences, on Twitter, and on the mailing lists and newsgroups.

Events

Upcoming
Declarative Amsterdam 4

Following the last three years’ successful editions of Declarative Amsterdam, the fourth edition of Declarative Amsterdam conference will take place at CWI (Science Park, Amsterdam) on 7–8 November 2022.

We anticipate by November that we will be able to hold the conference on-site, but we are planning to broadcast and interact on-line as well. The first day will feature tutorials, combining presentations and hands-on sessions to give an introduction to specific topics. The second day is a symposium, and will consist of shorter presentations. Speakers can discuss new ideas, frameworks, applications of declarative methods, and best practices.

MarkupUK 2023

MarkupUK 2023 Although primarily related to XML, all forms of markup are discussed. From 2022, both Markup UK and XML Prague will be held in alternate years, starting with XML Prague. We are looking forward to meeting you in June 2022 in Prague and in May/June 2023 in London.

Done and dusted
Balisage 2022

The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including XML, TEX, Markdown, and many others. The 2022 meeting will be held August 1–5. We don't yet know if it will be all virtual or hybrid, with some in-person component(s).

XML Prague 2022

XML Prague 2022 will take place 9–11 June 2022. From 2022, both Markup UK and XML Prague will be held in alternate years, starting with XML Prague. We are looking forward to meeting you in June 2022 in Prague and in May/June 2023 in London.

XML Prague 2021

Because of the COVID–19 situation and restrictions related to it, XML Prague 2021 has been cancelled. We hope that we will all gather together in 2022. Meanwhile you can contemplate presentations from past years.

Declarative Amsterdam 3

The third Declarative Amsterdam conference will take place at CWI (Science Park, Amsterdam) on 4–5 November 2021. The conference focuses on the technologies and methods used for declarative programming and declarative data. We anticipate by November that we will be able to hold the conference face-to-face, but either way, we are planning to broadcast live as well. The first day will feature tutorials, combining presentations and hands-on sessions to give an introduction to specific topics. The second day is a symposium, and will consist of shorter presentations. Speakers can discuss new ideas, frameworks, applications of declarative methods, and best practices.

XML Summerschool 2021

The annual XML Summer School is still scheduled to be held in St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 12–17 September 2021 but in a smaller format than in previous years: the Primer, Hands-on Introduction, XML in Health Care, and selected Master Classes. Hopefully 2022 will see a return to normal.

TUG 2021

Following the very successful online meeting in 2020, the TEX Users Group 2021 meeting will also be held online, on 6–8 August via Zoom.

Balisage 2021

The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including XML, TEX, Markdown, and many others. Given the success of the virtual meeting in 2020, the 2021 meeting was also all virtual: all sessions, conversations, social events, and other conference-related activities will be online.

The permanent record of Balisage 2021 is in the conference proceedings.

MarkupUK 2021

MarkupUK 2021 took place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May 2021. Given the continuing global situation, the conference was in hybrid form, with a physical presence at a venue in London, and the option to attend virtually. Although primarily related to XML, all forms of markup are discussed.

JATS-Con 2021

JATS-Con 2021 will be held virtually on April 27–29, 2021. Registration is now open and the Call for Participation is now available. Please submit proposals by January 22, 2021. JATS-Con is a peer-reviewed conference for users of JATS (the NISO Z39.96-2015 Journal Article Tag Suite).