Activity Statement

Starting from April 16, 2003, Amaya stopped being a W3C Activity, as defined in the W3C Process Document. Amaya continues as an Open Source project, with its main contributors being W3C and INRIA. Development of Amaya inside W3C has moved on to the Systems Team.

  1. Introduction
  2. Amaya at W3C
  3. What the Future Holds
  4. Contact


Amaya is W3C's own full-featured Web client. Amaya integrates a browser, a "WYSIWYG" authoring tool, and gives direct access to Web servers (get/put). It provides developers with many specialized features including multiple views, where the internal structural model of the document can be displayed alongside the browser's view of how it should be presented on the screen.

Amaya puts the focus on integrating Web technologies. An important benefit of Amaya is that it implements W3C specifications very carefully. This allows Web authors to make sure they are producing correct markup, which is easy to maintain or re-purpose for other devices. A more important benefit is that it lets authors mix W3C technologies and edit them in a uniform way (uniform representation, uniform commands).

Amaya at W3C

Amaya is developed at W3C as an Open Source project. Core team include Irène Vatton, José Kahan, Laurent Carcone, and Vincent Quint. It is used by several groups within the Consortium to demonstrate their work. As an experimental platform, Amaya plays an important role in the areas of:

Amaya screen with equations

Current Situation

The current public release is Amaya 8.0 (15 April 2003) and is available both in source code and ready to use forms. The latest available snapshot dates from 21 February 2003. The Amaya software is written in C and is available for Windows, Unix platforms and Mac OS X. It can be freely downloaded from the W3C site.

Documentation is provided at every level, catering for the beginner right through to the developer wanting to extend the software for their own purposes. There are also active and very useful mailing lists,,, and where users can discuss Amaya features and how they work, making note of any problems experienced using the software.

The Amaya CVS base is publicly available. It has world read-only access, but write access may be opened to other developers.

What the Future Holds

The plan is to continue our effort on XML, in particular the editing of generic XML documents and their association with CSS style sheets. At the same time, significant progress on SVG editing is expected. Future releases will provide more complete support of SVG, better rendering, and a suitable editing interface.

Important work on the WebDAV support in Amaya is in progress and will be released in a future version.

The team will continue to work with other W3C Activities to help demonstrate and test new developments in a variety of areas.


José Kahan, Amaya Activity Lead