[jdom-interest] JavaOne presentations (flame -- continued)

Jason Hunter jhunter at acm.org
Fri Mar 8 10:03:29 PST 2002

This is part two in my never-ending 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
(hereafter referred to as the "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 8 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 8-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".  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.  :-)


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