Web for real people

Tim Berners-Lee
World Wide Web Consortium


April 2005


This talk

The two gods of literature

according to Ted Nelson

A common benefit, overlap of need.-- but a battle.

Negotiation in style

Unexpected Reuse

is the value of the web.

Essential balance between keeping the intent of the content, and allowing the reader control over what she does with it.

The intermediaries

In the last case, this conference is concerned.

The unwanted parties

Users #1 problem?


Somebody Else's Problem?

Spam is mail, not HTTP, but...

By the way, use SPF records against spam. Please do to.

Causal elements

Avoidable software problems

Unsafe information

We have let this slide too far, empowering the bad guys

Safe information

Safe languages are

Confidentiality issues

Unambiguity and Accountability

Semantic Web languages

Languages about real things using URIs as symbols

Semantic Web stack

FOL on DL and Rules on DLP

Architectural notes

If this an old bug, why isn't it fixed?

Software, web sites, O/S, users all need to change

Device Independence

Is very related

Mobile web access

No lack of hardware...

mobile Christmas 2004

Source: RusselBeattie.com

Some Statistics

Mobile Device Stats

Source: T-Mobile, modeled on Credit Suisse First Boston, Mobile Data 2004, Pyramid Research, Global Mobile Capex Handbook, August 2004

Internet-Enabled Mobile Phone Penetration

Region April 2004
Japan 79%
Other Asia 54%
Europe 47%
North America 37%
Brazil 37%
Worldwide 49%

Source: A.T. Kearny/University of Cambridge - Judge Institute of Management, July 2004


(Philipp's user on the train)

It's 1996 All Over Again ...

Web 1996 Mobile Web 2004
Too slow Too slow
Lack of interoperability Lack of interoperability
"What's new?" "What's new?"
Child protection Child protection
Not accessible Not accessible

... But Not Quite 1996

Web 1996 Mobile Web 2004
Few connected users Many potentially connected users
Lack of content Lots of potential content
Little industry Big potential industry



Announcing the W3C Mobile Web Initiative!