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W3C/WAP Workshop on the Multimodal Web

The convergence of W3C and WAP standards, and the emerging importance of speech recognition and synthesis for the Mobile Web

Shangri-La Hotel,
Hong Kong, 5-6 September 2000

Program Committee: Dave Raggett (W3C/HP), Alastair Angwin (WAP Forum/IBM), Jim Larson (Intel), Daniel Dardailler (W3C), Andrew Scott (Telstra), Johan Hjelm (W3C/Ericsson), Hidetaka Ohto (W3C/Panasonic)

Organized under the auspices of the W3C and
WAP Forum Coordination Group (WWCG)

Workshop Goals and Scope

The Web is undergoing dramatic change with the promise of faster mobile communications and richer means of interaction. This workshop will examine the trends and bring together people involved in the disparate areas relevant to the convergence of the Mobile Web and Interactive Voice Response systems.

The workshop will seek to discuss questions such as:

Expected audience

We expect several groups will be interested in the workshop:

Registration and rules for participation

Registration has closed!


We have prepared a draft agenda, which attempts to balance the time we have available across presentations, break-outs and plenary sessions. We hope to generate ideas on how existing or new standards committees/working groups can solve the major issues identified by the workshop, and to suggest future actions.

Position Papers

Here is a list of position papers and statements that we have received.

All attendees should review the position papers PRIOR to the workshop. A "10 minute summary" consists of a five minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of clarifying Q&A.

Position papers are a springboard for discussion at the workshop and we expect that the dialog should go well beyond what is in the position papers. You should submit one to the Program Committee prior to registering.

A position paper is usually short, around 1 to 4 pages (there is a maximum of five pages, or 27000 characters) and summarizes:

Position papers will be published on the public Web pages of the workshop, so position papers and slides of presentations 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 interest statement 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 the presentation available on the workshop Web site.

It is required that every member or organization represented at the workshop submit a position paper. Position papers should be submitted via email to the Workshop Program Committee prior to registering. Allowed formats are HTML and ASCII. Papers in other formats will be returned, with a request for correct formatting. Good examples of position papers can be seen in the QL'98 workshop.

Workshop organization

The workshop will last for two days. 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 W3C and the WAP Forum.

Hotel Details

The meeting will take place in Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. If this is full, you may find rooms at the nearby JW Marriott.

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road
Central, Hong Kong
852 2877 3838 Direct Hotel Number
852 2820 8517 Reservation Number (ask for Nouvelle Ho)
852 2918 4820 Fax Reservation Number

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2841 8366 Direct Hotel Number
(852) 2845 0707 Direct Fax Number

About the Programme Committee

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.

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.

Jim Larson chairs the W3C Voice Browser working group which is developing markup languages for speech dialog, grammar, text to speech, natural language semantics, multimodal dialogs, and reusable dialog modules. Jim also manages Advanced Huan I/O at Intel Architecture Labs, and teaches courses in building speech applications at Oregon Graduate Institute and Portland State University.

Andrew Scott leads the WML Generic Content Authoring Guidelines (GCAG) effort within the WAP Forum's Developer Group (WDG). He is based at Telstra's Research Labs, and has worked on WAP-related activities since 1997. In addition to WAP, he has worked on transcoding generic web content, voice browsers, and with the usability team at Telstra.

Johan Hjelm is a W3C Fellow working on assignment from Ericsson. Johan chairs the W3C's CC/PP working group, which is trying to define a universal profile mechanism for information appliances and contextual information.

Hidetaka Ohto is a W3C Fellow working on assignment from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,Ltd(a.k.a Panasonic) in Osaka. He graduated from the University of Osaka in Japan with his master degrees of Computer Science in 1989. His area of interests 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 <danield@w3.org>, and Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> Last updated: 10th July 2000.