W3C: Overview and Emerging Technologies

Steve Bratt, <steve@w3.org>

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W3C: Overview and Emerging Technologies

Steve Bratt
Chief Operating Officer
World Wide Web Consortium


December 2005



W3C Overview

Mission: Leading the Web to its Full Potential

Founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1994, W3C is:

Graph of Globe
  • From a Web of Documents ...
  • ... converging toward One Web:
    • of Data and Services
    • on Everything
    • for Everyone
    • ... that is Interoperable, Trustworthy, Evolving with time ...

W3C logo

(Membership / Benefits / "At a Glance" brochure)

International Web Standards Organization

Expanding base of international operations

Map of W3C's 3 Hosts and 15 Offices (Oct 2005)

International Leadership and Cooperation

Expanding base of the world's leading technology organizations and technologists

Map of W3C Membership, circles related to number of Members per country (Oct 2005)

W3C Membership by Country (Dec 2005)

Developing Standards at W3C

Building Community. Engineering Web Standards.

23 Activities/60 Working, Interest and Coordination Groups, supported by the Team

W3C Groups Org chart

Over 90 W3C Standards Provide the Foundation of the Web

W3C technology stack

(W3C Activities /List of standards/ svg-by-yr/ Translations)

Emerging: Web of Data and Services


Semantic Web and Web Services

Web Services

Web Services stack (Philippe Le Hgaret)Web Services description stack

Semantic Web

Semantic Web Stack (Tim Berners-Lee)

Semantic Web Query and Rules

Value of Semantic Web to the Health Care / Life Sciences

Value of Health Care / Life Sciences to Semantic Web

W3C's Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences

Emerging: Web on Everything

Vision: One Web

... where Web technologies provide the means of interacting via all devices, including computing, communications, entertainment, embedded, personal, home, transportation, industrial, health care, etc. systems
... worldwide.

Why Does this Make Sense?

Rich Web Client Activity

Why Mobile Web Will be the Next "Thing"

Many moible phones (2004)

People using mobile phones on train platform

W3C's Mobile Web Initiative

W3C Mobile Web Initiative logo

Toward Embedded Systems and Ubiquity

Possible Wider-Reaching Benefits of Web on Everything

Delphi Navigation Radio Web on refrigerator Web on Urinals

Emerging: Web for Everyone

Multi-Layered Solution for Web Accessibility

Make the Web accessible for people with disabilities, by:

  1. ensuring that core Web technologies support accessibility
  2. developing guidelines for accessibility
  3. improving tools to evaluate & facilitate accessibility
  4. developing materials for education & outreach
  5. coordinating with advanced research & development

Internationalization (I18N)


W3C's Internationalization Activity develops standards and guidelines that make it easy to use W3C technology worldwide by breaking down barriers between the Web and our planet's many languages, scripts, and cultures.

International Outreach: Goal and Plan

International Outreach: Accomplishments

Entrance to WSIS Conference, Tunis, Nov 2005 (D Dardailler)

R.K. Verma Opening Indiaq Office and Conference

Privacy and Security

W3C Membership

Member Profile

Map of W3C Membership, circles related to number of Members per country (Oct 2005)

W3C Membership, Dec 2005

* popular saying in Chinese business and government, from China’s Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism, by Richard P. Suttmeier and Yao Xiangkui.

Value of W3C Membership

Working with W3C


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  • W3C is an dynamic, unique, successful int'l organization
  • Building foundational Web standards
  • Innovating toward a Web ...
    • of Data and Services
    • on Everything
    • for Everyone
  • Looking forward to working with you

W3C logo


Thank you