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My daughter +Kaitlyn Demasi was reading with the child of a friend and was going through this children's board book:

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Languanges-ABC-Michael-Dowden/dp/194275504X

... and came across "X is for XSLT"!  How delightful!  Next step:  my XSLT video on Udemy!

Update:  I now have a high-res copy, but G+ won't let me change the image.

The text at the top of the page is a stylesheet fragment:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
    xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
  <xsl:template match="p">X is for XSLT</xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

The text at the bottom reads:

Working Draft published in 1998 by editor James Clark of W3C.

An acronym for eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations, XSLT was created to transform eXtensible Markup Language (XML) documents into other document formats.  Despite its narrow focus, it is a Turing-complete language.  Unlike most common programming languages, XSLT is declarative rather than imperative.

After I typed it up and Googled the words, I found the complete text of the book here:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.inedo.com/abc/abc_book.pdf

See page 26.
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Easier to spell than xylophone, which has occupied that page for decades.
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I was interviewed by the Globe and Mail before Christmas:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/mps-bill-seeks-to-clarify-how-dates-are-written-in-legal-proceedings/article27986702/

The author didn't use my example of the possibility of US-based software printing expiry dates on prescription medicine:  if the date written is 1/12/2016 meaning January 12, but it is interpreted in Canada as December 1, that is a long time for medicine to go bad.  Not that I have yet seen this particular example, but I think it underscores that the issue is not always benign.
Todd Doherty, a Conservative MP, filed a private member’s bill that would give any legal proceeding guidance when there’s confusion about the way a date has been written down
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Travelogue - Africa Tanzania 2015 - Introduction

Welcome to my travelogue of a wonderful trip I took with my son, George, to Africa in October 2015.  The main intent of the trip was to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but we also included other wonderful activities.

George and I took over 2800 photographs and I've curated five much smaller packages that summarize distinct parts of the trip.  All of the photographs I've chosen are collected in collages and annotated with stories, and those of you who have GMail accounts should be able to leave comments or questions with individual collages.

Here are the packages:

Departure and preparation for the climb
https://plus.google.com/+GKenHolman-Crane/posts/gQUSMcvthpi

Climbing Kilimanjaro
https://plus.google.com/+GKenHolman-Crane/posts/hL7JpPp7ty3

Traveling to and visiting Longido
https://plus.google.com/+GKenHolman-Crane/posts/YMuam7eJdyb

Going on safari in the savannah north of Kilimanjaro
https://plus.google.com/+GKenHolman-Crane/posts/1LMHT6BdMtk

Going to the Island of Zanzibar
https://plus.google.com/+GKenHolman-Crane/posts/FrVibHTemox

We left Ottawa on October 4 and we returned to Ottawa on October 22.

On a technical note, the pictures have been shrunk to make collages and clicking on any one will only bring up the next collage and not the image itself.  If anyone would like a full-sized copy of any of the pictures, just let me know.

The trip was incredibly successful, accomplishing everything we wanted to do and then some!  And I credit having my son with me for successfully completing the rigourous bits!
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So proud of you going on the climb! I love the pictures too!
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The overview of our trip and all five packages is here:
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Travelogue - Africa Tanzania 2015 - package 4 of 5

These pictures and stories are from our departure from Longido through the safari at Kambi ya Tembo (a tented camp).
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Some really good photographs Ken. Glad you enjoyed it. 
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Travelogue - Africa Tanzania 2015 - package 2 of 5

These pictures and stories are from the climb of Kilimanjaro.
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Offline for 18 days - going to the heights of Africa

Anyone trying to reach me will be unable to do so from October 4 to 22, 2015, as my son and I leave this afternoon for an adventure in Africa and I will be offline.

There are four parts to our trip:

- climbing the challenging Umbwe / Lava Tower / Crater Camp / Western Breach route to the summit of Kilimanjaro http://www.climbkilimanjaroguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/kilimanjaro-map.jpg?c242d9 with http://www.nomadicexperience.com
- visiting http://projecTembo.org - a project supporting young Maasai women
- a safari to see elephants http://www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/kambiyatembo/location/
- scuba diving and snorkeling in Zanzibar with Okala
http://www.greatguides.org/Story_91_Meeting_Okala%3ATourism_and_Conservation_in_Zanzibar.html

There is no guarantee either or both of us will make it to the summit, as health issues will be constantly monitored and our guides will turn us back if they assess we cannot handle the altitude.  For all the trek companies and all the climbers, in the past 9 years only two climbers have died on Kilimanjaro (the latest was three weeks ago yesterday), so it isn't as scary as some make it out to be: http://www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com/practical-information/the-routes/the-umbwe-route/

You can see on the map that our route is the shortest, and so steepest, route to the top.  This short route will provide lots of time for rest and lots of time to go slowly (in Swahili "polepole").  I'm thrilled!

Based on my South America Inca Trail http://goo.gl/fv8HsR hike that went to 13,800 ft, I am hoping I can handle the Africa Kilimanjaro hike to 19,200 ft.

To track our hour-by-hour progress, my son's device will automatically post our positions by GPS every 10 minutes to the http://goo.gl/PQ1OeA "SPOT" page.  Posting will begin later today with only periodic check-ins and then the detailed tracking will be on the climb.  We expect to summit within an hour of http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=2015-10-13T04:00:00 and the GPS record will include a special note in real time, so you can "follow" us up to the top of Africa!  Kilimanjaro is not the tallest mountain in the world, but it is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest point in all of Africa.

I've been training for this through September, enjoying climbs at Luskville Falls http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/things-to-do/hiking-walking-gatineau-park twice a week, plus lots of walking.

The wonderful Roddy Bray http://www.GreatGuides.org arranged the itinerary.  I can't say enough good about the way Roddy works and helps to plan and arrange African visits.  He, himself, guided my wife and me in Cape Town, South Africa in April this year, and he knows the best guides wherever you are going in Africa.

I've never gone so long without email, so this will be interesting in a number of ways.  Please be patient for a response from me.  Thanks!
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We ended up taking a different route, but we managed a double summit!

The completed travelogue is found through this link: http://CraneSoftwrights.com/links/tz2015.htm
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Open specifications open marketplaces!

I believe defining electronic government procurement the wrong way negatively impacts the Canadian and US Governments.  The European Commission's market-proven approach is a testament of the right way.  A key distinction is the use of open specifications.  A clear benefit is the spurring of open marketplaces.  I explain my views on this in this essay titled "How e-Invoicing open standards and open specifications will open marketplaces":

http://CraneSoftwrights.com/articles/OpenSpecificationsOpenMarketplaces.pdf

Comments are welcome.  I'll revise the essay periodically based on feedback and news.  I'll present the content at the Exchange Summit Americas conference in Orlando, Florida http://www.exchange-summit.com/exa/agenda in June 2016.  See some of you there!

(edited slightly to bring down any negative tone sensed by readers)
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This is a good summary of the need for, and genesis of PEPPOL eProcurement in Europe, and draws comparisons with current and future needs in USA and Canada.

As a result of developing and mandating open interoperability standards, a "growing free and open marketplace of many .. implementations" can be fostered which is good news for competitiveness and creativity

"The task is big, the benefits are huge"

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Last week the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) v2.1 was published as ISO/IEC 19845:2015 after 14 years of development.  Lots of committee work still to do, so if you want to help direct future efforts related to UBL, please consider joining the committee.  The new catalogue entry at ISO is at http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=66370 and the files can be downloaded at http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/os-UBL-2.1/ as usual.  A more formal announcement will be made when OASIS creates a press release after the holiday season.
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I attended the annual fundraiser luncheon for http://projectembo.org today and thoroughly enjoyed the excellent music (lovely singer! great guitar!), interesting programme and delicious lunch.

Visiting the project in Longido, Tanzania last month has really sparked my interest in how I might be able to volunteer for this group: https://plus.google.com/photos/116832879756988317389/album/6210443397595862833/6210443395935769314

I am considering a 4 week commitment if there is something I can help with for that long.  I've already been a tourist there, so the time would be dedicated in Longido. Finding time in the calendar would be a challenge.  It would be nice to be away from the Canadian winter.

But before I approach them with an offer I'm curious if others in my circles have volunteered time and expense in this way and can share their experiences pro and con.
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The overview of our trip and all five packages is here:
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Travelogue - Africa Tanzania 2015 - package 5 of 5

These pictures and stories are from our trip to Zanzibar to end our vacation.
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Travelogue - Africa Tanzania 2015 - package 3 of 5

These pictures and stories are from our drive from Kilimanjaro to the village of Longido and Project TEMBO http://projectembo.org - The Tanzania Education - Micro-Business Opportunity.

Note that the abbreviation TEMBO is the Swahili word for "elephant".
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Travelogue - Africa Tanzania 2015 - package 1 of 5

These pictures and stories are from our departure in Ottawa on October 4, 2015 until we departed for the climb of Kilimanjaro.
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Delivering consulting and training services worldwide in XML/XSLT/ XQuery/XSL-FO/UBL/code lists/&c.
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Mr. G. Ken Holman is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd., a Canadian corporation offering XSL, XSLT, XQuery and XSL-FO language training, and general SGML and XML related computer systems analysis services regarding text markup technologies to international customers. 

Mr. Holman is a co-editor of the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) 2 specifications and co-chair of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee, an invited expert to the W3C and member of the W3C Working Group that developed XML from SGML, the current Canadian chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for e-commerce documents, a former international secretary and former Canadian chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for the SGML family of standards, the founding chair of the OASIS XML Conformance Technical Committee, the founding chair of the OASIS XSLT/XPath Conformance Technical Committee, the founding and current chair of the OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee, the current chair and technical lead of numerous UBL task groups and subcommittees, the author of training videos and electronically-published and print-published books on XML-related technologies, and has often been a speaker at related conferences. 

In 2012 Mr. Holman was inducted as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.

Prior to establishing Crane, Mr. Holman spent over 13 years in a software development and consulting services company working in the NAPLPS and the SGML industries.
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