W3C @Telecom Valley Gallery logo

W3C @ 3GSM'04 World Congress
23-26 February 2004 - Cannes, France

Right in front of the Palais des Festivals, within The Telecom Valley Gallery - "Discover the Côte d'Azur Wireless Community"

Introduction - Why W3C at 3GSM'04? - W3C Presentations and Demonstrations - W3C Mobile Web Standards - W3C Team Participants - Press Contact


Worldwide leaders from the mobile telecommunication and wireless industry will once again be in Cannes for the 3GSM 2004 Congress, from 23 to 26 February 2004, in Cannes, France. This event boasts an ever-growing audience with over 25 thousand visitors arriving from 140 countries. W3C will be present as well at this congress, as part of the Telecom Valley Gallery, which is located right in front of the Palais des Festivals.

Why W3C at 3GSM'2004?

W3C is currently addressing two key problems of the Mobile Web: single authoring and multimodal access. W3C's Device Independence Activity is working on standards that will significantly lower the cost of authoring Web content to be adapted to specific mobile devices or user preferences. W3C's Multimodal Interaction Activity works on standards that help writing multimodal Web services. This will enable a new class of exciting mobile applications that combine today's Web technologies with tomorrow's mobile technologies such as voice recognition (via Speech Interface Framework), handwriting recognition and gestures (via InkML).

A more detailed explanation of W3C's current work in the Mobile Web is available below.

W3C Presentations and Demonstrations

W3C team members are welcoming visitors during the following opening hours:

Presentation: "W3C: Building the Mobile Web"

Philipp Hoschka, W3C's deputy director for Europe and W3C Interaction domain leader, will give a 30 minutes talk on the current state of W3C Mobile Web standards, on:

  • Tue. 24 Feb. 04: from 14h30 to 15h00
  • Wed. 25 Feb. 04: from 9h00 to 9h30


W3C team members will run a set of demonstrations, showing Voice, Multimodal Interaction (MMI), Device Independence (DI) and Multimedia Messaging (MM) related technologies.

The schedule of presentations and demonstrations is recapitulated in the following table:

W3C PROGRAM - Booth in the Telecom Valley Gallery
Monday 23 Feb. 04 Tuesday 24 Feb. 04 Wednesday 25 Feb. 04 Thursday 26 Feb. 04
  • Voice, MMI, DI and MM demonstrations
  • Voice, MMI, DI and MM demonstrations

W3C Mobile Web Standards

Mobile Web technologies are currently one of the most active areas within the W3C, and for good reasons. The mobile Web enables new business opportunities for handset manufacturers and is predicted to significantly increase the average revenue per user (ARPU) for mobile operators.

Starting with a workshop in 1998, the W3C has developed mobile technologies. Examples include core MMS technologies such as SMIL and SVG as well as XHTML Basic and CC/PP. W3C continues to address many challenges of the Mobile Web, including two with significant present and future impact: multimodal access and single authoring.

All the W3C Mobile Web Technologies are developed in a vendor-neutral way with the goal of being implementable on a royalty-free basis. The W3C Process contains strict interoperability and conformance criteria, ensuring the standards are usable across multiple platforms and devices.

Multimodal Interaction

W3C Multimodal Interaction standards will enable a new class of exciting mobile applications that combine today's Web technologies with tomorrow's mobile technologies including voice recognition (via Speech Interface Framework, including Speech Recognition Grammar Specification, Speech Synthesis Markup Language, and VoiceXML 2.0), handwriting recognition and gestures (via InkML).

Key W3C specifications are:

Device Independence

W3C's Device Independence Activity is working on standards that will significantly lower the cost of authoring Web content to be adapted to specific mobile devices or user preferences. It enables efficient multi-channel publication by single authoring.

Key W3C specifications:

Multimedia Messaging

Various versions of the W3C specification SMIL are at the heart of today's and future MMS systems (MMS SMIL, 3GPP SMIL). MMS will also use W3C's SVG to provide attractive vector graphics and animations. Finally, it will be possible to use XHTML in an MMS message to include traditional Web content.

Key W3C specifications:

Partner Organizations

The W3C develops technologies designed to interoperate. In many cases it works with other organizations in order to achieve the best solution. In the mobile area, W3C is liaising with the following:

W3C Members Involved

Access, Adobe, Agfa-Gevaert, Alcatel, America Online, Apple, Aspect, AT&T, Avaya, BeVocal, BitFlash, Boeing, Canon, Cisco, Comverse, Corel, CWI, EDS, Ericsson, Expway, France Telecom, Fraunhofer Institute, HP, IBM, INRIA, Intel, IWA/HWG, KDDI, Kirusa, Loquendo, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric, MobileAware, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Nortel Networks, NTT DoCoMo, Nuance Communications, OnMobile Systems, Openstream, Openwave, Opera Software, Oracle, Panasonic, Philips, Quark , RealNetworks, SAP, Savage Software, ScanSoft, Sharp, Siemens, Sky Think System, SnowShore Networks, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Telera, Tellme Networks, T-Online International, Toyohashi University of Technology, V-Enable, Vocalocity, VoiceGenie Technologies, Volantis, Voxeo, WGBH and Zoomon.

W3C Team Participants

Philipp Hoschka

Philipp Hoschka is W3C's Deputy Director for Europe. He is responsible for technical contacts with European research and development (including W3C Members and standards bodies). In addition to this work, Philipp heads the W3C Interaction Domain, which delivers key W3C specifications for Web multimedia and for enabling Web access with non-traditional devices such as mobile telephones.

Previously, Philipp chaired numerous W3C workshops that explored new Web developments, most notably the Workshops on Web Services, Television and the Web, Push Technology and Real-Time Multimedia and the Web.

Prior to joining the W3C in January 1996, Philipp received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. He also holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Maxime Froumentin

Max Froumentin joined the W3C in 2001. Since 2003, he is the contact for two Working Groups:

Max studied computer science at Lille University, France, and later worked as a researcher at Bath University, UK.

Stéphane Boyera

Stéphane joined W3C in 1995. Since 2002, he was the staff contact for Device Independence Working Group which deals with all mobile related technologies for both AMCVuthors and Users (eg. CC/PP).

Since 2004, Stéphane is the co-activity lead of Device Independence Activity.

Stephane studied network and telecommunications at ESSTIN, an engineering school in Sophia-Antipolis, France. He then worked on Artifical Intelligence at INRIA.

Press Contact

Marie-Claire Forgue: +33 6 76 86 33 41 <mcf@w3.org>

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was created in 1994 to lead the Web to its full potential by developing protocols and languages that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan. W3C has near 400 Member organizations from all over the world and has earned international recognition for its contributions to the growth of the Web: HTML, XML, CSS, etc. Recently published Web standards are XForms 1.0, SOAP 1.2 and Mobile SVG. For more information, see http://www.w3.org/


The MWeb project is supported by funding under the Sixth Research Framework Programme of the European Union.

Marie-Claire Forgue - W3C European Communications Officer

Valid XHTML 1.0!- Team page