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W3C Workshop on Web Device Independent Authoring

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Creating Content for Multiple Platforms:
an exclusive opportunity to understand and influence international Web standards

Venue: HP Labs, Bristol, UK. 3-4 October 2000

Program Committee: Daniel Dardailler (W3C/INRIA), Roger Gimson (HP), Alastair Angwin (WAP Forum/IBM), Dave Raggett (W3C/HP), Amir Kolsky (WAP Forum/MobileSpear), Kitagawa Kazuhiro (W3C/Keio)


Workshop Goals and Scope

Explore how the diverse needs of content providers and consumers for delivery of content across many platforms can be met through the use of appropriate standards, notations, tools and guidelines.

In particular to discuss

Expected audience

We expect several groups to contribute to the workshop:

Note that the WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is meeting at the same location (HPLabs) Oct 5-6 and participants in this workshop may consider attending their face-to-face as well. See the WCAG meeting agenda page for details on how to proceed to register.

Workshop Registration and rules for participation

Position Papers / Interest Statements

Position papers (interest statements) are a springboard for discussion at the workshop and we expect that the dialog should go well beyond what is in them. You should submit one to the chairs during registration. It should summarize:

A position paper is usually short, around 1 to 4 pages (there is a max imum of 5 pages, or 27000 characters). Position papers will be published on the public Web pages of the workshop. Position papers must be available for public dissemination. Submitting a position paper comprises a default recognition of these terms for publication.

All participants will be asked to briefly introduce their interests orally during the workshop.

The Programme Committee will ask the authors of particularly salient position papers to explicitly present their position at the workshop to foster discussion. In this case, the authors are also required to make the slides of their presentation available on the workshop Web site.

It is required that every member or organization represented at the workshop submit such an interest statement. In the registration forms, an input field is available for participants to submit their position paper URL (if it is already available on the web), or to provide a short interest statement.

Allowed formats for position papers are HTML and plain text (ASCII). Papers in other formats will be returned, with a request to use one of these formats. Good examples of position papers can be seen in the QL'98 workshop.

Workshop organization

The workshop will last for two days, with a workshop dinner on the Tuesday evening.

The first day will consist of presentations setting out the technology and business directions.

The second day will focus on what steps are needed to take the ideas further in the context of W3C.

Hotel and Transport Info

Venue: The workshop will take place at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol.

Hotels: Block reservations for any nights between 2-7 October have been made at the following hotels until the deadlines shown. Participants to quote "W3C/HP" when registering.

Hotel: Posthouse Forte
Address: Filton Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol (10 mins walk from HP)
Tel: +44 117 910 4207 Fax: +44 117 956 9735
Room Rate: 81 pounds excl VAT (single occupancy) Breakfast: 11.95 pounds
Release Deadline Date: Monday 25th September

Hotel: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel (formerly Swallow Royal Hotel)
Address: College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA (city centre)
Tel: +44 117 925 5100 Fax: +44 117 925 1515
Room & Breakfast: 102.50 pounds inc VAT (single occupancy) 112.00 pounds inc VAT (double occupancy)
Release Deadline Date: Monday 11th September

If these are full or too expensive, you can check Yahoo UK accomodation.

Transport: Bristol is the largest city in the South-West of England, situated 120 miles west of London.

HPLabs is situated 5 miles north of Bristol city centre. Coach transport will be provided each day between the Labs and the recommended hotels.

To reach Bristol by car from London Heathrow Airport, takes about 1 hr 30 mins via the M4 motorway.

Trains from London Paddington station to Bristol Parkway (5 mins taxi from HP and Posthouse Forte Hotel) take 1 hr 20 mins and run every hour. Trains also run to Bristol Temple Meads (city centre and Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel) from London Paddington. The Heathrow Express links Paddington to Heathrow Airport and takes 20 mins.

Bristol International Airport is 6 miles south of the city and provides daily direct flights to Paris and Amsterdam.

About the Programme Committee

Daniel Dardailler joined the W3C team in July 1996 and is the Technical Manager of W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative. He is also the site manager of the W3C INRIA-Sophia Antipolis team and site.

Dave Raggett is a W3C Fellow on assignment from Hewlett Packard. He is the W3C activity lead for work on HTML, XForms, Voice Browsers and Math. Dave has been closely involved in Web standards since 1992, and is an author of several books on HTML as well as maintaining W3C's open source tool for repairing HTML (HTML Tidy).

Alastair Angwin chairs the WAP Forum's Application Environment committee, working on assignment from IBM.

Roger Gimson is a Technical Contributor at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol. He is exploring the use of XSLT for content adaptation within the Publishing Systems and Solutions Laboratory. He is also the main contact for local organisational details of the works hop.

Amir Kolsky is the CTO and co-founder of MobileSpear, he is also a member of the WAP Forum Push DC and being a real developer is also a member of the WAP Forum's Developer Expert Group (WDEG).

Kitagawa Kazuhiro (Kaz) joined W3C on 1 April as a member of the Keio team. He is Project Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University. He works with the User Interface domain, with a focus on non-PC devices. He holds a BA and a MS in mathematics from Keio University

Hidetaka Ohto (Taka) joined W3C in 1998 as a visiting engineer from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (aka Panasonic) in Osaka. His area of interested is the adaptation of Web technologies for home appliances such as mobile terminals and TV sets.

Further Reading

Also look at the HTML 4.0 Guidelines for Mobile Access

Daniel Dardailler
Last updated: Tue 2 August 2000.