World Wide Web Consortium Forms Technical Architecture Group

W3C TAG to document principles of Web architecture, help resolve technical issues

Contact America --
Janet Daly, <janet@w3.org>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613
Contact Europe --
Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf@w3.org>, +33.492.38.75.94
Contact Asia --
Saeko Takeuchi <saeko@w3.org>, +81.466.49.1170

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http://www.w3.org/ -- 11 December 2001 -- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced the creation of the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG), whose mission is to build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary.

The composition of the TAG is balanced between elected and appointed participants, from W3C Members, the W3C Team, and from the larger Web community. They have all been selected for the strength of their technical backgrounds, their experience with Web technologies, and their ability to put the common good above proprietary considerations.

W3C Commits to Building Shared Understanding of Web Architecture

As W3C has grown, there have been more frequent requests (from W3C Members and other parties) for documentation of architectural principles that influence a range of technologies. People ask, "How do W3C technologies fit together? What basics must people know before they start developing a new technology?" Some discussions and debates within W3C have highlighted the need for documented architectural principles, as well as a process for resolving disagreements about architecture.

"The Web is a minimalist design: there are as few arbitrary constraints as possible. However, as Web technologies must be interoperable and consistent, it is very important to stick to those constraints," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "The TAG's role is to articulate these constraints, and to apply them to conflicts that may arise."

The stated mission of the TAG is stewardship of Web Architecture. To accomplish this mission, the TAG will:

  1. Document and build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary;
  2. Resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG;
  3. Help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

The TAG does not replace the Director in the W3C Process. However, it is likely that the Director will consult the TAG when issues of Web architecture arise.

W3C Attracts Technical Leaders to Document Web Architecture

As described in the TAG charter, five TAG participants are elected by the W3C Membership and three are appointed by the Director. The Director is the Chair of the TAG.

Those TAG participants nominated and elected by the W3C Membership (in alphabetical order by last name), are:

Those TAG participants appointed by the W3C Director (in alphabetical order by last name) are:

In general, TAG participants other than the Director serve two-year terms. In order to stagger terms, some participants of the initial TAG will serve a one-year term.

Public Work Mode Supports Accountability

As the issues that the TAG will address are important to the Web community at large, the discussion list for the TAG, as well as the list of deliverables, the charter, and status reports, will be public documents. Please refer to the public TAG home page for more information.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, over 510 organizations are Members of the Consortium. For more information see http://www.w3.org/