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Subject: Re: Trade Show

That's consistent with what I've seen elsewhere. A number of conventions
that I was going to speak at have either cancelled their program or
significantly pulled back their offerings;
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rex Brooks" <rexb@starbourne.com>
To: <humanmarkup@lists.oasis-open.org>;
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2001 6:54 PM
Subject: Trade Show

> Hi Everyone,
> I went to Seybold Seminars' trade show today in San Francisco, and I
> thought I would post an observation.
> If this trade show, the first first major national trade show since
> Sept. 11, according to the news, is any indication, we're in for a
> full recession. In a convention hall which it has filled to
> overflowing in the recent past, although last year this time saw a
> reduction in exhibitors and attendance, this year filled a little
> more than half the space and the attendance was down to less than
> 10,000 where 35-40,000 was the norm in the good old days of dotcom
> abundance, even though this is mostly dedicated to graphics, and
> print at that.
> However, I did see a couple of hopeful signs amidst the gloom of a
> largely open floor. Content Management, and XML in that context was a
> larger presence than ever.  This means that media is moving toward
> knowledge base management and repurposing of content, which means a
> more responsive web.
> Otherwise it was pretty glum, and the retailers didn't seem to
> understand that now is the time for giveaways to grab market share.
> C'est la vie.
> Ciao,
> Rex
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> Rex Brooks
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