W3C Interaction

The W3C Workshop on Delivery Context

Call for Participation

4-5 March 2002

W3C/INRIA - Sophia-Antipolis, France



As the reach of the Web extends to devices beyond the traditional PC, providing a satisfactory user experience hinges upon the ability to determine and effectively leverage the various characteristics that describe the context in which the Web content is to be delivered and rendered. Termed Delivery Context and typically identified as a profile, the capabilities of the access mechanism and preferences of the user are a key enabler for achieving device independence (see Device Independence Principles). Most profiles implemented today are representative of application specific vocabularies that span both qualitative and quantitative attributes regarding one or more niche contexts that may not necessarily interoperate. Similarly, multiple techniques already exist for representing, communicating, manipulating and interpreting these profiles in different Web applications. In fact W3C has developed one such technology - CC/PP which specifies a protocol independent framework for conveying capabilities information.

Based on feedback from W3C Members, we have decided to strengthen our Device Independence work, in particular in the area of delivery context. The Device Independence Working Group is currently drafting a document on Delivery Context Requirements. To define the exact direction of this work, to allow for a wide variety of inputs on the Device Independence Activity, and to get more people involved, we are organizing a two-day workshop. This workshop will take place on 4-5 March 2002 at W3C/INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. It is co-located with the W3C Technical Plenary.

We believe that one of the main areas we should work on is to create new technologies on delivery context in addition to reviewing specifications.


The goal of this workshop is two-fold:

The outcome of the workshop will help the rechartering of the Device Independence Activity and in particular of the DI and CC/PP Working Groups.

Suggested Topics

Towards that goal, the workshop will include discussion on topics such as

Expected Audience

We expect several groups to contribute to the workshop:


The program of the workshop will be published on the Web for the public dissemination. This may include position statements and associated materials.

In addition to this, a report on the discussions during the workshop will be made public after the meeting.


To participate in this workshop, each person or organization must submit a position paper to the program committee no later than three weeks before the workshop. To attend the workshop, you must register with the Web registration form no later than 11 February, 2002. Position papers should also be submitted until 11 February, 2002.

The cost of the workshop will be borne by the arranging organizations. There will be no participation fee.


The workshop is an open event. Everybody interested in participating in W3C's device independence work is welcome. However, space is limited to 50 participants. Therefore, if you plan to attend, please use the online registration form to register and send in your position statement as soon as possible.

Preference will be given on the basis of (1) quality of position statements, and (2) employees of W3C Member Organizations.

Position Paper

Position papers are the basis for the discussion at the workshop. Position papers must be sent via email to w3c-di-ws-submit@w3.org by 11th February 2002, in (X)HTML or plain text.

A position paper is usually short, around 1 to 4 pages (there is a maximum of five pages, or 27000 characters) and describes a position on a subject preferably related to one of the topics listed above. Position statements are required from every participant, including invited experts and W3C staff.

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

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.

Workshop Organization

Workshop co-chairs

Roger Gimson (HP), Hidetaka Ohto (W3C)

W3C Contact

Kazuhiro Kitagawa (W3C)

Email: kaz@w3.org
Tel: +81 466 49 1170
Address: W3C/Keio, Keio University, 5322 Endo, Fujisawa, 252-8520 Japan.

Workshop Management and INRIA Contact

Stephane Boyera (W3C)

Email: boyera@w3.org
Tel: +33 4 92 38 78 34
Address: W3C/INRIA, 2004, route des Lucioles - B.P. 93 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex France.

Workshop Organization and INRIA Contact

Coralie Mercier (W3C)

Email: coralie@w3.org
Tel:+33 4 92 38 75 90
Address: W3C/INRIA, 2004, route des Lucioles - B.P. 93 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex France.

Program Committee

Lalitha Suryanarayana (SBC), Steve Farowich (Boeing), Johan Hjelm (Ericsson), Stephane Maes (IBM), Philipp Hoschka (W3C), Kazuhiro Kitagawa (W3C)


The following are brief summary from full detailed venue.

Meeting Location

INRIA - Sophia-Antipolis
2004, route des Lucioles - B.P. 93 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex


Sophia Antipolis is situated outside Antibes, France. Nearest big airport is Nice, France.

Buses and shuttles from the airport are available. Also taxis and car rental services are available for private booking.


The workshop will begin at 9am and end at 5pm. Lunch and coffee breaks will be served.

Kazuhiro Kitagawa
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