March 12, 2002
JavaOne Presentations (flame, part 2)

(Originally sent to jdom-interest March 8th. Reposted here to follow the previous entry.)

This is part two in my story about the crazy things they do to JavaOne presentations...

After the events of the last email, I bit the bullet and changed my slides to a format where they could be approved by the Training Alliance "Slide Nazis". If you recall, my major concern was trying to make the slides useful to someone *after* the show while keeping within their rule of having just a few lines per slide with 6 words per line. After a little thinking, I realized this was just a *whitespace problem*! If you're willing to add a couple slides and take what was a sentence and make it into two 6-word bullet points, you can have whatever content you want within any whitespace boundaries! Problem solved!

SlideOutputter slideOutputter = new SlideOutputter();
slideOutputter.output(pdfResult, jdomTalk);

The next challenge came this morning: Legal Review. You'll never believe what they changed in the name of legal review!

First, the changed my title. What was the catchy "JDOM Makes XML Easy" is now something reminiscent of a scientific journal: "JSR-102 ('JDOM 1.0') Makes XML Easy". I can't imagine why this change was made during legal review. On the bright side, it's better than last year when they changed "JDOM" to "The Document Object Model for Java".

Second, they changed a quote I was using (remember I needed to add a quote to pass TTA review). Where the person really said, "Java and XML" it's been changed so they now say "Java technology and XML". Like anyone really says that. Isn't it risky legally to put words in someone's mouth -- adding something they didn't really say -- probably more risky than to let the world know they said the word Java without the word "technology" after it?

Third, on the page about myself I had a nice small picture of my book cover. It was removed! It's clear where it used to be because they left the big gap. What legal justification is there for removing a book cover promo? Maybe I'll bring a copy of my book and have someone hold it up at that spot in the slide.

To my slight surprise, those are the only changes they made. I guess that's because many of the slides are code, and lawyers don't like reading code any more than coders like reading legal documents. Makes me think of another possible hack. If you want to say something that would be censored, put it in a code comment! I bet that would sneak through. :-)


Posted by Jason Hunter at March 12, 2002 12:26 AM
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