LINGUIST List 7.1640

Thu Nov 21 1996

FYI: Common Lisp Web Server, European Lg Resources Association

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  1. "John C. Mallery", ANNOUNCE: Common Lisp Web Server (60.57)
  2. Khalid Choukri, INFORMATION FROM ELRA (European Language Resources Association)

Message 1: ANNOUNCE: Common Lisp Web Server (60.57)

Date: Wed, 13 Nov 1996 16:28:40 EST
From: "John C. Mallery" <>
Subject: ANNOUNCE: Common Lisp Web Server (60.57)

Server: A full-featured, production-quality, HTTP 1.1 Compliant
Web server wholely written in Common Lisp is *freely* available
from the following URL at the MIT Artificial Intelligence


Q: Why might you care about this?

A: You might be interested in:

 * Minimizing the cycle time from conceptualization to market.
 (Cooler than being last to market!)

 * Generating all HTML interfaces on the fly.
 (Cooler than terabytes of legacy html!)

 * Synthesing JavaScript and Java on the fly.
 (Cooler than typing it in by hand!)

* Creating 3D VRML worlds on the fly.
(Cooler than learning OpenInventor!)

* Using an extensible presentation lattice
to accept input or present output.
(Cooler than duplicating endless input validators,
and then getting a better idea!)

 * Developing complex or advanced Web applications.
 (Cooler than serving static files!)

 * Creating intelligent, knowledge-based Web sites.
 (Cooler than even an "Active-X enchanced" site!)

Language: Common Lisp is a dynamic, object-oriented programming
language that is used to develop and deploy leading-edge
applications in university, government, and business settings.
This highly flexible and evolvable language has been typically
used to develop large and complex artificial intelligence or
natural languagge understanding systems. These kindsof power
programming tools are becoming increasingly relevant for Web
developers as ever more is required in ever less time.

Platforms: The server presently runs with full
source-compatibility on the following platforms:

 * Macintosh (MCL - Comes on the CD)

 * UNIX (Allegro, LispWorks, Lucid) (Many flavors, including SunOS,
 Solaris, SGI, OSF)

* Windows NT (Allegro) (Several new Lisps currently being tuned for NT).

 * Lisp Machines (Symbolics 8.3, Open Genera 1.0)

Additional ports are underway.

Reality: This server was the first known HTTP 1.1 implementation
last August, and has subsequently been through a second release
cycle. Also included in the distribution are a program-level
client with 1.0 persistent connections, an HTML parser, and a
constraint-based web walker. Snap up this opportunity now before
the next release add new modules to the learning curve.
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Message 2: INFORMATION FROM ELRA (European Language Resources Association)

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 20:00:55 +0100
From: Khalid Choukri <>
Subject: INFORMATION FROM ELRA (European Language Resources Association)
 European Language Resources Association

 ELRA News
[ We apologise for the duplicate posting of this announcement ]

ELRA (European Language Resources Association), was founded in
Luxembourg in February 1995, as a non-profit organization, with
the goal of promoting the creation, verification and distribution
of Language Resources (LR). In addition to helping users and
developers, government agencies, and other interested parties
exploit language resources for a wide variety of use, ELRA serves
as the European repository for EU-funded language resources, and
interact with similar bodies in other parts of the world. Funded
in the medium term by membership fees, grants from the European
Commission and national governments, together with projects
income, the Association will be financially self-supporting in
the long run. A 12-member Board is in charge of the strategy and
objectives to be adopted by the Association.

Relevant LR are Spoken Databases, Lexica, Grammars, Written
Corpora and Terminological Data. These are required for the
development of speech and text processing systems for a large
number of applications in various information technology areas.

ELRA licences LR for R&D, as soon as these are made
available. According to the agreements made between ELRA and its
providers, resources can be either reserved for research purposes
or used for the development of products and services. Licence
agreements, drawn with the support of lawyers, are used for
negotiations. Such contracts are available at ELRA
office. Lexica, Corpora (spoken and written), Grammars and Tools
are described in easy-to-understand presentation forms. All these
documents can be found on the ELRA Web site.

 ELRA Newsletters

A Newsletter is released by ELRA every Quarter. The next three
issues will primarily and alternatively be devoted to each of the
3 Colleges of the Association : spoken, written and
terminological resources. The October Newletter (vol.1 n.3) is
already available at ELRA office. It is entirely dedicated to
Terminology. The next two issues will be dedicated to written and
spoken resources.

 The ELRA Web site

The ELRA Web site is now available in English and French. The URL
addresses are:

English version:,
French version :,

 ELRA Language Resources catalogue

A catalogue of the LR negotiated or under negotiation by ELRA can
be found on our Web site. For quotation, please refer to this
site or directly to ELRA office. A published version is released
twice a year (together with number 1 and 3 of the Newsletter).

Resources appearing in the catalogue are separated according to the three Colle
ges : spoken resources, written resources (corpora, lexica and tools) and termi
nological resources. The catalogue consists of :

1) Spoken resources : 30 databases (recordings from microphone,
 telephone, continuous speech, isolated words, several languages,

2) Written resources :
	* 9 monolingual and multilingual corpora
 * 12 monolingual lexica
	* Over 30 multilingual lexical
	* A linguistic software platform and Grammars Development platform

3) Terminological resources : over 90 databases with a wide range
of domains and severallanguages (French, English, German,
Spanish, Danish, Italian, Catalan, Turkish, Polish, Portuguese).

 ELRA Membership

ELRA members are entitled to substantial discounts on public
prices of the resources and other products (such as the Guide for
Terminology Agreements and several commercial reports).ELRA
membership is open to any organization, public or private, with
full membership(including voting privileges) being available to
organizations registered in Europe. Purely for organizational
purposes, members will be assigned to one of the Colleges on the
basis of their main area of interest. The annual membership fee
has been set at a modest ECU 1,000 to encourage broad
participation. You may also opt to join more than one College, in
which case you will be required to pay multiple membership fees.

Please ask for a membership form or download it from the ELRA Web

For further information :
 87, Avenue d'Italie	
 FR-75013 PARIS	

 Tel : +33 01 45 86 53 00
 Fax : +33 01 45 86 44 88
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