W3C Interop Tour

21 May - 3 June 2002

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is holding a series of one day events accross Europe from May 21st to June 3rd. The goal of this W3C Interop Tour is to promote W3C technologies, and to show how they facilitate interoperability on the World Wide Web.

The Tour will visit Paris, Vienna, Dublin and Brussels. All events are open to the public.

The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to "lead the Web to its full potential" by evolving the Web as a "robust, scaleable, adaptive infrastructure". W3C's main deliverables are its Recommendations (specifications) that evolve the Web protocols plus timely conversion tools, validation systems and checklists.


The Web is an application built on top of the Internet and, as such, has inherited its fundamental design principles. Along with evolution (accomodate future technologies) and decentralization (eliminate dependencies), interoperability implies that specifications for the Web's languages and protocols must be compatible with one another and allow (any) hardware and software used to access the Web to work together.


Each one day event will follow the same pattern, with an introductory talk by Daniel Dardailler, Director of W3C Europe, followed by a presentation on W3C interoperable technologies by Ivan Herman, Head of Offices. In the afternoon, a W3C Team speaker will present a specific W3C Recommandation and a W3C Member speaker will talk on how his organization is working with W3C technologies.

Then, the pattern is as follows:

9:00 Registration
10:00 Overview and Future of W3C - Daniel Dardailler - Director of W3C Europe
11:00 Pause
11:30 Interoperability of W3C XML Technologies - Ivan Herman - Head of Offices
12:15 Discussion
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Invited Speaker #1
14:30 Invited Speaker #2
15:15 Pause
15:45 Panel Discussion
16:30 Close of the Day

W3C in Paris - Maison de la Chimie - 21 May

Detailed Agenda: available in French

Invited Speakers:

* Vincent Quint - W3C Document Formats Domain Leader

* Pascal Souhard - ATICA ( Agence pour les Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication dans l'Administration)

* Jean-Pierre Gay - BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)

Paris Registration page

Where: Maison de la Chimie, 28 rue Saint-Dominique, 75341 Paris (Map).

Tel: +33 1 40 62 27 00 Fax: +33 1 45 55 98 62

Local Organizers: Marie-Claire Forgue, Caroline Baron and Christelle Fonteneau

W3C in Vienna - Crowne Plaza Vienna - 28 May

Detailed Agenda: available in German

This event is also the official launch of the W3C German-Austrian Office, as part of the regionalization program of the W3C Offices.

Invited Speakers:

* Address of welcome by Gottfried Zwerenz, Head of Department Technology in the Austrian Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour

* Steven Pemberton, W3C HTML Working Group Chair - "XHTML, the great integrator"

* Ingo Macherius, Entwicklung Infonyte GmbH, Darmstadt

Where: Crowne Plaza Vienna, Wagramer Strasse 21, Vienna (Map).

Tel: +43 1 260 200 Fax: +43 1 260 2020

Local Organizers: Klaus Birkenbihl and Manfred Hackl (EC3)

W3C in Dublin - Central Hotel Dublin - 30 May

Detailed Agenda: available in English

This event is also the official launch of the W3C UK & Ireland Office, as part of the regionalization program of the W3C Offices.

Invited Speakers:

* Max Froumentin, W3C XSL Working Group Team Contact - "XSLT and XML for Content Management"

* Oisin Hurley - Iona Technologies Inc. - "XML and Web Services"

Exhibitors - W3C Members in Ireland: Baltimore Technologies, Iona Technologies, Inc. , Mobileaware, Ltd, Propylon,Vordel Ltd.,Voxpilot Ltd.

Dublin Registration page

Where: Central Hotel Dublin, Exchequer Street, Dublin (Map).

Local Organizers: Michael Wilson, Brian Matthews, Martin Prime, Pat Athawes

W3C in Brussels - Diamant Building Congress Centre - 3 June

Detailed Agenda: available in Dutch and in English

This event is also the official launch of the W3C Benelux Office, as part of the regionalization program of the W3C Offices.

Invited Speakers:

* Jacques Bus - Head Technologies and Engineering for Software, systems and Services (European Commission, Information Society DG, Directorate E)

* Philipp Hoschka - W3C Interaction Domain Leader

* Michael Sperberg-McQueen - W3C Architecture Domain Leader

* Vincent Buller - BackStream

Brussels Registration page

Where: Diamant Building Congress Centre, 80 Bd A. Reyers, Bruxelles (Access Plan)

Local Organizers: Frank Roos and Annette Kik

Press Contact

Marie-Claire Forgue - mcf@w3.org - +33 4 92 38 75 94

Marie-Claire Forgue - W3C European Communications Officer