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Subject: OASIS Member News: Germany XSL training May 24-28, 2004 - finalized arrangements

[Note below that the early-bird date for discounted registration is May 10, 

Mr. G. Ken Holman, an internationally renowned Extensible Markup Language 
(XML) expert from Crane Softwrights Ltd. in Canada, will be returning to 
Germany, this time to Bremen in May 2004, bringing his XSL-related training 
for two publicly-subscribed training courses open to any XML practitioner 
in the area.

If you have information in XML http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml and you need to 
display it on the web or print to paper or PDF, you will complete these 
courses having successfully produced both kinds of outputs during the 
hands-on exercises.

"Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath" May 24-26, 2004 is a 
comprehensive and in-depth three-day hands-on workshop for the two W3C 
Recommendations Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations 
http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt (XSLT) and the XML Path Language 
http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath (XPath).  These are used to express the 
transformation of marked up information into different target vocabularies 
for use in XML-based applications, in web browsers and for print.  The only 
prerequisite is that attendees know how to create well-formed XML documents 
(knowledge of document validation and schemas is not required).

"Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO" May 27-28, 2004 is a comprehensive and 
in-depth two-day hands-on workshop for the W3C Recommendation Extensible 
Stylesheet Language Formatting Objects http://www.w3.org/TR/xsl 
(XSL-FO).  This is used to express the pagination and layout of information 
suitable for the printed form such as PDF files and hard copy.  Unlike 
printing HTML from web browsers, XSL-FO gives subtle and powerful control 
over the print formatting of structured information to produce 
professional-looking typographical results.  Most users of XSL-FO use XSLT 
to convert their XML information to this layout vocabulary, though 
knowledge of XSLT is not a prerequisite for the course.  Familiarity with 
HTML and CSS is an asset, though not required.

The two courses may be taken separately or you can save money by 
subscribing to both as a combination pair.  By special arrangement, the 
course costs are cheaper than similar offerings available in North America, 
and are far more comprehensive and complete than other courses on the same 
topics.  Practical exercises using your own laptop with publicly-available 
software help to cement key concepts and techniques.

These acclaimed courses focus solely on the technology of the W3C 
Recommendations, are unbiased and are free of any vendor-orientation.  They 
are taught by a daily practitioner, an expert and an enthusiastic 
contributor to the markup community, unlike some instructors from other 
companies who may be pretenders to the technology.

Course syllabi:

  Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath (3 days):

  Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO (2 days):

Computers:  Students are expected to bring their own laptop computers to 
the event for the hands-on exercises.  Software and exercises will be 
brought to the class by the instructor.  Instructions for pre-loading 
software can be found in the syllabi.

Venue: Atlantic Hotel, Bremen Airport; a daily lunch is included in the 
registration fees as students are given work assignments to perform during 
breaks and lunch

Times: Room open: 08:30; Class: 09:00-17:30

Early Bird rate  (For the registration submitted before 10 May 2004):

  3-day XSLT course   24-26 May 2004  EUR1.050,00
  2-day XSL-FO course 27-28 May 2004  EUR  700,00
  5-day Combination   24-28 May 2004  EUR1.500,00

Standard rate (After 1st May 2004):

  3-day XSLT course   24-26 May 2004  EUR1.200,00
  2-day XSL-FO course 27-28 May 2004  EUR  800,00
  5-day Combination   24-28 May 2004  EUR1.750,00

Registration link page:


History of past deliveries of these materials:


Testimonials from students and customers:


Instructor: http://www.CraneSoftwrights.com/bio/gkholman.htm

G. Ken Holman is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd. a 
Canadian consultancy delivering Computer Systems Analysis and training 
services worldwide since April 1997.  After seven years as the Canadian 
Chairman of the ISO committee responsible for markup technologies, Mr. 
Holman now runs the International Secretariat for ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 
Document Description and Processing Languages (SGML, XML, HTML).  Mr. 
Holman has long been an active participant in the markup community and 
served on the W3C committee that developed XML from SGML.  Mr. Holman 
currently chairs two subcommittees for the international Universal Business 
Language (UBL) project to develop unencumbered worldwide XML business 
document models.  Mr. Holman has two XSL books on store bookshelves 
published by Prentice Hall that are paper snapshots of 
electronically-published books available from Crane's web site.

Company information: http://www.CraneSoftwrights.com


G. Ken Holman
OASIS Individual Member
Crane Softwrights Ltd.

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