Balisage: where serious markup practitioners and theoreticians meet every summer. If you are happy to be the person in your project who understands the angle brackets and stuff, then you are a markup geek and Balisage is the place for you. Even if you are NOT a markup geek, if you find it instructive to spend time with them now and then, you will enjoy Balisage.

The Markup Conference 2020

28 July – 31 July 2020 … Balisage: The Markup Conference

27 July 2020 … pre-conference Symposium - The Role of XML in Publishing Accessible Documents

Cambria Hotel & Suites
1 Helen Heneghan Way
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Balisage is an annual conference devoted to the theory and practice of descriptive markup and related technologies for structuring and managing information.

Topics discussed in papers on the 2019 program include: languages for markup and text processing, multitasking in XForms, loose-leaf publishing, data longevity, data interchange, Invisible XML, sustainability, the Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL), SVG, arbitrary constraints, parsing in XSLT and XQuery, successes and failures, validation, metaschemas, markup vocabularies, the TEI critical apparatus model, TEI, digital editions, punchlists, tokenization of XML, inscription, the Model-Value-Controller model in XForms, theory of parsing, encoding practices, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), Brzozowski derivatives, XForms, SGML, textual analysis, standoff markup, declarative programming, XQuery and XSLT, eXist-db, data conversion, Web sockets, the DITA Open Toolkit, JSON Schema, GUIs in the X-stack, Earley parsing, CSS, YAML, rules, XML user interfaces, testability, XSL area tree, DITA specialization, expressions, and XML everywhere.

Unfamiliar with Balisage? To get a taste of Balisage, browse the Proceedings' Master Topics List by clicking on the "+" to expand the Concepts, Specifications, or Processes topics lists.

People involved with Balisage

The people making Balisage include markup theoreticians and practitioners, data modelers, designers, architects, and both aficionados and deep thinkers. We work as software developers, system architects, academics, integrators, librarians, data miners, lexicographers, archivists, document managers, standards developers, programmers, and publishers.

Conference Committee

B. Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies
Deborah A. Lapeyre, Mulberry Technologies
James David Mason
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Black Mesa Technologies
Norman Walsh, MarkLogic Corporation

Advisory Board