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W3C "Mobile Web Initiative" Workshop

Gold Sponsors

HP Orange Vodafone

Silver Sponsor

18/19 November, 2004
Barcelona, Spain
(colocated with OMA meeting)

W3C would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of the W3C "Mobile Web Initiative" Workshop.

With financial support from the European Commission's IST Programme under the MWeb project

We would like to thank the i2CAT Foundation for organizing this event.



Even though many of today's mobile phones include Web browsers, accessing the Web from a mobile device has not become as popular as expected. Users often find that their favorite Web sites are not accessible or not as easy to use on their mobile phone as on their desktop device. Content providers sometimes are not able to build Web sites that work well on all types and configurations of mobile phones offering Web access.

To address these and related issues, W3C is considering to start a "Mobile Web Initiative". The goal of this initiative would be to make Web access from a mobile device as simple, easy and convenient as Web access from a desktop device. Initial ideas for achieving this goal include developing "best practices" documents, providing support infrastructures for mobile developers, organizing training programs for Web content providers and creating validation and conformance testing services for Web-access from mobile devices. These activities would complement current W3C efforts in developing Web standards that support the expanding Web, including mobile devices (e.g. multimodal interaction, mobile profiles, device independence).

The goal of this Workshop is to get community input and feedback on the "Mobile Web Initiative". Specifically, the workshop will look at the current issues with mobile Web access, and how they should be addressed.

Scope of the Workshop

Topics considered in scope for this workshop include, but are not limited to:


Strategic Issues

Technology Issues

How to Participate

To ensure productive discussions, the workshop is limited to 80 attendees. Participation is open to non-W3C members. Each organization can provide at most two attendees.

Position papers are required in order to participate in this workshop (except for W3C team members). Each organization or individual wishing to participate must submit a position paper explaining their interest in the workshop no later than Oct 15. The intent is to make sure that participants have an active interest in the area, and that the workshop will benefit from their presence.

Send papers (in valid XHTML/HTML (please use the W3C validator) or PDF - 1 to 5 pages) to the archived mailing list: team-mwiws-submit@w3.org

All position papers will be available from the workshop Web site. The workshop Web site will be public, so position papers and slides must be suitable for public dissemination. Speaker slides will also be available at the Web site after the workshop. There will not be printed proceedings.

To attend, you must register by filling out the registration form. The URI for the registration form will be sent to you after your position paper is accepted.

There will be no participation fee.

To enable wide input from the mobile community, the workshop will be colocated with a meeting of the "Open Mobile Alliance".

Note: To help the organizers plan the workshop: If you wish to participate, please send email as soon as possible to team-mwiws-interest@w3.org stating:

Note that this expression of interest does not mean that you registered for the workshop. It is still necessary to send a position paper, which has to be accepted by the Program Committee.

Important Dates

Program Committee

Program Chairs
Daniel Appelquist (Vodafone), Philipp Hoschka (W3C), Evan Smouse (HP) - mwiws-chairs@w3.org
Program Committee Members

Workshop details


Vèrtex Building
Eusebi Güell 6 Square
Campus Nord Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
08034 Barcelona, Spain

November 18th: Sala d’Actes (08:00 / 15:00) Auditori (15:00 / 19:00)

November 19th: Sala d’Actes (08:00 / end of the meeting)


The Campus Nord of the University is located on one of the best areas of the city, surrounded by gardens and right next to the city's financial centre, with all the best shops at hand. There are excellent bus and metro connections to the historic city centre.

To arrive there, you can use several public transports, detailed below. For more information about Barcelona’s public transportation, you can visit the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona website. You may also visit the Barcelona City Council website.


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Underground Line 3 (Green line) , Palau Reial stop, Avinguda Diagonal exit.


Línies T1 T2 T3, parada Palau Reial.


Ronda de Dalt, exit 10 (Pedralbes - UPC)
Av. Diagonal (Campus Nord)

If you arrive by plane (Barcelona El Prat airport):

Aeropueratos Españoles y Navegaciòn Aèrea website

- TAXI would cost between 15 and 20 €
- TRAIN – Single ticket: 1.20€ / 10-ride ticket: 6 €. Take the Train "Cercanias" at the airport, in the direction Barcelona. Get off at Sants Estació, the main Train Station Barcelona-Sants. Take the Metro L3, Green Line, until Palau Reial.
- AEROBUS - Single Ticket: 3.30 € / Return ticket: 5.65 € Every 12 minutes. Time taken: 20 min. Take the Aerobus at the airport, direction Barcelona. Get off at Sants Estació. Take the Metro L3, Green Line, until Palau Reial. You will exit at Av.Diagonal


Husa Arenas****

Capitán Arenas, 20
08034 Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 280 03 03
Price: Around 89 €

Hotel Silken St. Gervasi***

Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 26
08022 Barcelona

Phone: +34 932 531 740

Princesa Sofía*****

Plaza Pío XII, 4
08028 – Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 508 10 00
Price: Around 90 €

Sansi Pedralbes****

Av. Pearson 1-3 · Pedralbes
08034 Barcelona

Phone: + 34 93 206 38 80
Price: Around 136 €

Victoria Suites Hotel****

Avda. Pedralbes, 16

Phone: +34 93 206 99 00
Price: Around 78€

Hesperia Sarrià Hotel****

Los Vergos 20
08017 Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 204 55 51
Price: Around 70 €

Hotel Husa Pedralbes***

Fontcuberta, 4
08034 Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 203 71 12
Price: Around 85 €

Daniel Appelquist, Philipp Hoschka

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