W3C Ubiquitous Web

Workshop on Conversational Applications
— Presentation Guideline

Focus of the workshop

Participation of all attendees is crucial to the success of a workshop, so we designed the workshop to have a minimum number of formal presentations and rather to emphasize group discussion.

The workshop goal is to identify the key unmet needs for building successful conversational systems on a standards-conforming platform. The end-result will be a set of proposals that can be used by W3C to inform future standards work.

To be effective, we need to answer several key questions:

We wish to emphasize that the focus of the workshop is to identify use cases and requirements, not discuss any specific solutions or implementations. Developing standards that will address the use cases and requirements is a follow-on process that will take place within the appropriate standards committees.

Contents of each session

Introduction session

The Introduction session will be led by a person from the organizing committee who will draw on information from all the submissions.

Next three sessions (Lexical..., Grammar..., and Architecture)

The next three sessions will begin with participant presentations. All participants are invited to prepare a couple of slides for any number of sessions. However, individual presentations will be limited to 5 minutes in duration. The remainder of these three sessions will consist of discussions under the guidance of a moderator. Please let us know which sessions you plan to present so we can gauge interest and plan accordingly.


  1. Please do not use large amounts of text on your slides, instead, use your slides to present examples. Also please use your time to focus on explaining , using examples wherever possible, and avoid giving too much background information.
  2. Attendees are expected to read the presentations and position papers before arriving at the conference. All the presentations are collected and published on the Workshop site.

Discussion session

The final "Discussion" session will be led by a moderator who will guide discussions towards the listing of proposals.

Format of the presentations

Allowed formats are (valid) HTML/XHTML, PDF or plain text.


  1. All the presentations will be published on the public W3C Workshop site.
  2. Presentation in other formats will be converted to HTML/XHTML or PDF by the workshop organizer before publication at the Workshop site.
  3. When creating your presentation, please make all the fonts embedded so that the organizer can surely convert it to valid HTML/XHTML or PDF.

Font size

Please use large enough fonts so that all the attendees can identify all the contents. The workshop organizer would ask you to enlarge your presentation if the fonts are not large enough.

Speaking style

Because this is an international workshop and the attendees are not necessarily native English speakers, please talk loud and clear.

PC for presentation

Please sign in at the reception desk, get your name tag and let the organizer know which you prefer to use your own PC or the organizer's PC.

Case1: Using your own PC

Case2: Using the organizer's PC

Workshop venue

Crowne Plaza Somerset - NJ, US
Phone: +1-732-560-0500 Fax: +1-732-560-0817
Toll Free: 1 877 270 1393

Note. Please see also the logistics page for the details on the venue.


The workshop organizer will provide following facilities for your presentations at the venue.

The Call for Participation and the Logistics are also available on the W3C Web server.

James A. Larson, Deborah Dahl, Daniel C. Burnett and Kazuyuki Ashimura, Workshop Organizing Committee

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