Testimonials for XHTML 1.1 and Ruby Annotation

These are associated with the Press Release announcing XHTML 1.1 and Ruby Annotation as W3C Recommendations.

ACCESS is very pleased by the release of XHTML 1.1 because it is the important base markup language for all kinds of information appliances such as TVs, PDAs, game consoles, car navigation systems, web phones, and mobile phones. ACCESS has already released more than 35 million copies of embedded browser for non-PC devices, especially for NTT DoCoMo's i-mode phones and SONY's PlayStation. We plan to support XHTML 1.1 and Ruby Annotation in our full functional browser "NetFront3" and micro browser "Compact NetFront".

-- Tomihisa Kamada, Executive Vice President and CTO, ACCESS Co. Ltd.

Applied Testing and Technology, Inc. is an industry leader in the development and testing of portable content. XHTML 1.1 represents a significant advance in this field. It provides a substantial base on which to develop content that is well-formed, valid, and both forward-looking and backward-compatible. ApTest is thrilled to see that this important markup language is now a W3C Recommendation. We expect to use it as the basis for our own markup language development, as well as the basis for all of our web-based test technology. In addition, we will encourage our clients to develop markup languages and content that are based upon XHTML Modularization, and that use XHTML 1.1 or XHTML Basic for their minimum portability model, as appropriate.

-- Shane P. McCarron, Managing Director, ApTest, Minnesota

The publication of XHTML 1.1 and Ruby Annotation as W3C Recommendations is a small but important step in the ongoing evolution of the Web. Ruby markup is an important addition to XHTML, in particular for Japan and East Asia. It can also easily be included into other XML-based document types. The application area that will benefit most directly is education. Ruby markup has been carefully designed by the W3C Internationalization Working Group in coordination with Japanese typesetting experts.

-- Nobuo Saito, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University; W3C Associate Chairman; Chair, Electronic Document Processing System Standardization Investigation and Research Committee, JIS

Netscape strongly endorses the W3C Recommendation covering Ruby Annotations. Ruby is an important text layout feature for both East Asian language display and annotations in traditional documents. Netscape applauds the efforts of the W3C Internationalization Working Group and will help promote the use of Ruby in XHTML documents. Netscape will support Ruby in adherence to the W3C XHTML recommendation, as well as forthcoming related CSS recommendations, through the open-source Mozilla project and in future versions of its award-winning Netscape web browser.

-- Jim Hamerly, Vice President of Netscape Client Product Development division

The ability to annotate in the Ruby style gives the Web a more natural and traditional feel for Asian users. Annotation provides comfort to novice users and makes them more likely to keep using the application. For more technical users, such as customers of our e-business development tools, annotation increases the comprehension of technical specifications and leads to more rapid development and successful projects. Improving the usability and efficiency of the Web is important to Progress and its OpenEdge(TM) e-business platform, and so Progress gladly contributed resources to create and advance this recommendation and actively supports W3C standards development.

-- Dennis NG, Managing Director, North Asia, the Progress Company

XHTML(tm) 1.1, coupled with NewsML(tm), provides us with a modular framework for the delivery of multimedia News to the broadest range of customers, end-users and devices. The XHTML Ruby module will enable us to provide our Japanese customers and end-users with a richer News experience, previously available only in printed media. We look forward to the development of additional XHTML modules, both by the W3C, and by other industry consortia.

-- Mike Sayers, Chief Technology Officer, Reuters Group

ACCESSは、ネット家電向けのブラウザをソフト「NetFrontシリーズ」を 開発しており、TV、PDA、ゲーム機、カーナビ、据え置き電話、携帯電話 など、あらゆる種類の家電機器に提供しています。現在、NTT DoCoMo のiモード携帯電話やソニーのPlayStation2をはじめ、3500万台以上の 機器に搭載されています。XHTML 1.1やRuby Annotationは、ネット家電 向けのサービスのベース技術として大変期待しており、ACCESSの ブラウザでもサポート予定です。

-- 鎌田 富久, 取締役副社長 兼 CTO, ACCESS

XHTML 1.1およびルビが W3C 勧告になったことは、 次々と発展するウェブ技術において,小さいながらも重要な一歩となります。 ルビのマーク付けにより、特に日本と東アジアにとって重要な 機能が XHTML に追加されます。 また、ルビのマーク付けは他の XML 形式の文書にも簡単に追加できます。 特に教育分野の利用では,その効果が如実に現れるでしょう。 ルビのマーク付けは W3C 国際化ワーキンググループおよび日本の組版専門家 が十分配慮して設計および制定をしました。

-- 斎藤信男, 慶應義塾大学環境情報学部長 / W3C アソシエートチェアマン / JIS 電子文書処理システム標準化調査研究委員会委員長

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