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Web's Future Directions, Technical Needs, and Global Impact Top Agenda for World Wide Web Consortium's Annual Technical Plenary Meeting

Tim Berners-Lee keynotes and invites participation from attendees, Web community, and news media

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http://www.w3.org/ -- xx November 2008 -- Today, authors of the next version of HTML mix it up with Semantic Web developers, security experts, Web accessibility advocates, and the media on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). W3C welcomes over 400 experts from around the world to participate in a compelling Plenary Day Program where they will address issues shaping the future of the Web. Plenary Day is the centerpiece of a week of meetings at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel where over 40 groups will gather to exchange ideas in meetings and hallway conversations.

This year, the Plenary Day Program includes a panel on the growing relationships between W3C and the at-large developer community; the challenges HTML5 and XHTML2 propose to solve; W3C's emerging vision of what's needed for video on the Web; and a series of lightning talks - 5 minute presentations on a range of technical topics designed to inform, provoke, and inspire the attendees.

The closing discussion entitled "Cracks and Mortar", from W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee, gives a review of the Web to date, and takes a closer look at the gaps for signs of both wear and opportunity.

Members of the media are meeting with W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee and Platinum Sponsors of the event in a special media briefing. W3C thanks Platinum Sponsors BEA Systems, Cisco, IBM, and Nokia for their generous support of this meeting.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT 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,and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/