W3C @ WWW6
April 7-11, 1997
Santa Clara, CA
Table of Contents
by Rohit Khare
W3C's history has long been intertwined with the International World Wide
Web Conference Series -- starting with W3C's birth at the very first Geneva
conference through to its management of WWW4 (Boston) and WWW5 (Paris). In
1997, the WWW6 torch passes to Santa Clara, and W3C will be there in force.
During the week of April 7-11, W3C's worldwide technical staff will participate
in workshops and tutorials, a W3C Conference Track, Developer's Day sessions,
and in several adjacent W3C Member meetings. This article presents some
background on our mission at W3C; please keep an eye on our
W3C@WWW6 Overview Page
for the latest information. W3C Members are also strongly encouraged to
participate in the conference, and in our panels, workshops, and symposia,
as described below.
It is worth noting that WWW6, like its predecessors and next year's WWW7
(Brisbane, Australia), are sponsored by the
International World Wide Web Conference
Committee, not the Consortium.
W3C Conference Track
W3C will be using its main Conference track as an 'Annual Report' to the
wider Web Community. Much like the semiannual Advisory Committee reports,
this is our opportunity to present and defend our agenda to the community
we serve. The W3C track as a whole is a primer on the entire range of our
Keynote on W3C History, Structure, and Recent Accomplishments.
Executive Overviews of each Domain
Project Updates on each of our several Activity Areas
Panel discussion with Member representatives in several Activity Areas
"Town Hall" session with W3C's Management Team
We hope this agenda will help us reach out to a rapidly expanding constituency
who may not be familiar with W3C's origin, scope, or expertise. We will also
back up the conference program with our first W3C Folio, a high-quality overview
Developer's Day & History Day
While many academic, user, and engineering communities converge at WWW
conferences, the organizers have traditionally reserved the last day of the
week for the truly hard-core, the hackers, protocol developers, and visionaries
behind tomorrow's Web technology. WWW6 embraces this charge with an expanded
Developer's Day and a brand-new History Day on Friday April 11th.
The new Developer's Day will reach out to new "developer" communities: content
providers, business developers, authors, etc. W3C's contribution will focus
mainly on the original core, with technical talks from all three Domains.
Architecture Domain will host discussions of HTTP/1.1 implementation,
performance, and its future at the IETF, along with briefings on real-time
and multimedia technology. User Interface Domain is preparing to dissect
Amaya and its underlying Thot library, as well as a host of HTML and CSS
related developments. Technology & Society Domain's various project team
reports will bring together W3C staff and Member organization volunteers
to talk to developers about implementing PICS, Digital Signatures, and more.
History Day is an effort to capture the lore and traditions of the seven-year
old Web community. W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee will present a joint Keynote
speech, "History and Developers" for both of these programs. In addition,
W3C staff will be assisting History Day organizers in locating speakers,
timelines, and other matters.
Developer's Day was the subject of
a recent WWW6 Newsletter
feature story, as well.
There are several ways for Members to keep abreast of Conference activities
and W3C's role at the conference. WWW6 itself publishes extensive information
about registration, schedules, and accepted papers at its
own site. Registered attendees will have
access to even more WWW6 information, agenda planning tools, and discussion
groups through a new Interactive Conference
Environment (ICE), part of the organizing committee's commitment to wiring
the conference itself.
Rohit Khare, email@example.com, is W3C's primary contact for WWW6 activities.
To find out the latest about W3C's participation, see the
W3C@WWW6 Overview Page
on W3C's public web site. W3C Members can contact Mr. Khare directly to suggest
topics, panelists, and speakers in support of W3C's agenda items.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Launch
The WAI Launch on Sunday will help draft the work plan for a new, highly-visible worldwide effort to increase the accessibility of the Web.
More details TBA.
Attendance is strictly closed to W3C Members and invitees.
Tutorials, Workshops, BOFs
W3C personnel will support several workshops at WWW6. W3C is not organizing any of these workshops directly, nor will they constitute official W3C business.
All participants are W3C staff or W3C Visiting Scientists unless noted otherwise
NOTE There will be a W3C Press Conference on the Web Accessiblity Initiative on Monday April 7 as well.
The W3C Conference Track is an 'annual report': a way to find out more about the entire range of W3C activities and offer feedback from the Web Community to the Consortium.
All participants are W3C staff or W3C Visiting Scientists unless noted otherwise. The links on each event lead to the WWW6 Interactive Conference Environment.
All W3C Track sessions are in the Santa Clara Convention Center Theater unless otherwise noted.
Conference Day #1 ("Everyone")
Today's focus is on the User Interface Domain
W3C: Leading the Evolution of the World Wide Web [slides]
Presented by: Jean-François Abramatic 11:00 - 11:45
W3C Chairman Jean-François Abramatic's keynote will
launch the World Wide Web Consortium Track at WWW6. This talk will highlight
W3C's mission and unique role in the Web Community. The Consortium
has continued its wide-ranging development efforts and global
expansion since WWW5 last year in Paris. W3C's internal processes
have been strengthened, too. This keynote, and the entire W3C
Track, is our 'Annual Report' to the Web Community. We expect
to lay out our entire development agenda -- every Project, every
Activity Area, in every Domain -- and solicit feedback from the
heart of the Web Community.
W3C User Interface Domain: Connecting People with Computers [slides]
Presented by Vincent Quint 11:45 - 12:30
The W3C User Interface Domain seeks to improve all user/computer communications on the Web. In particular, this Domain is working on formats and languages that will present information to users with more accuracy and a higher level of control. This Domain includes the Markup (HTML), Style Sheets, Graphics, Fonts, Internationalization, and Amaya activity areas. Questions about the whole range of UI issues are welcome.
Leading the Evolution of HTML [slides]
Presented by: Dave Raggett, Arnaud Le Hors, Rob Miner 2:00 - 2:45
HTML is a data format for exchanging documents on the Web. It provides
interoperability between a number of products that cover a wide range of
applications: word processing, collaborative
authoring, data base publishing, interactive applications, and more.
There is perhaps no more controversial area in Web standards than HTML
extensions. W3C plays a vital role in the evolution of HTML by both stimulating
development in critical directions and providing a forum where competing
parties can meet to reach a consensus about new features.Among the extensions
currently under discussion by W3C are rich forms, scripting,
frames and subsidiary windows, and mathematical markup.
[Rob Miner is from the Geometry Center: www.geom.umn.edu/about/people/home/rminer.html]
Cascading Style Sheets [slides]
Presented by: Håkon Lie, Chris Lilley 2:45 - 3:30
On the Web, content providers do not have the control they have in print media over color, text indentation, positioning, and other aspects of style. A style sheet language offers a powerful and manageable way for authors, designers and typographers to create the rich visual effects. In December 1996, Cascading Style Sheets, level 1 (CSS1) became a W3C Recommendation. This core specification is being built upon to also support absolute positioning and layering, aural presentation (using a speech synthesizer), improved font capabilities, and better printed output.
Real-Time Audio/Video on the Web
Presented by: Philipp Hoschka 4:00 - 4:45
W3C is working towards better support for interactive and continuous
real-time multimedia on the Web, including synchronized audio and video streaming. The Consortium is helping develop
new data formats and protocols to support this effort. The speaker
may be joined by colleagues from this brand new W3C Working Group.
Amaya: W3C's User Interface Testbed [slides]
Presented by Vincent Quint, Irène Vatton 4:45 - 5:30
Amaya has been designed as a new generation of client software that
can integrate all aspects of the Web and still remains user friendly.
The main purpose of Amaya is to serve as a testbed to experiment new
Web protocols and formats, to test and demonstrate new features
proposed for existing Web standards. This presentation will review the
design goals, the user experience with the current version and the
future directions for this W3C effort.
Birds of a Feather Sessions
Document Object Model
Coordinated by Lauren Wood, SoftQuad 8:00 - 9:30
Santa Clara Convention Center Ballroom G/H
An opportunity for those interested in the Document Object Model being developed by a W3C Working Group to ask questions and exchange ideas with members of the group and each other.
Selection of Payment Vehicle for Internet Purchases
Coordinated by Alan Kotok, GC Tech 8:00 - 9:30
Santa Clara Convention Center Room 209/10
There is good reason to come to some common agreement among those concerned with payment processing on how customers can be presented with their various options when making purchases on the Internet.
We feel that customers are more concerned with whether they can pay with a particular "brand" or type of payment vehicle then which protocol they use to process the payment.
Conference Day #2 ("Everything")
Today's focus is on the Technology & Society Domain
Multilingualism and Internationalization [slides]
Panel Discussion with Bert Bos, Håkon Lie, M.T. Carrasco Benitez, European Commission (on leave) 11:00 - 11:45
Having a single system that can deal with all languages and all cultures
of the world has many advantages: when the same protocols and data formats
are used everywhere, different cultures can use the same software everywhere.
Of course, software should still be
localized, to make sure that the user interface is understandable and respects
The panel will discuss these issues and present W3C's current efforts
and future plans.
W3C Technology & Society Domain: Connecting People [slides 1] [slides 2]
Presented by: Jim Miller 11:45 - 12:30
The explosive growth of technology has forced the entire Web community
to look at society's ethical and legal issues from a new international perspective.
The Technology & Society Domain seeks to understand these issues in light
of new technology -- partly by changing the technology, and partly by educating
users about the technology's benefits, costs, and limits. Questions are welcome
regarding the entire range of T&S activities: Accessibility, Security, Electronic Commerce, Content Selection, Intellectual Property Rights, Privacy & Demographics, and Public Policy.
JEPI: Report on Phase 1
Presented by: Daniel Dardailler 2:00 - 2:45
Santa Clara Convention Center Room 203/4
This is a report on JEPI, Phase 1, a joint effort of W3C and CommerceNet to explore the process that takes place, typically, after shopping and before actual payment begins. This is the point in time where the exact payment instrument (credit card ala SET, debit card, electronic check, electronic cash, etc.) must be agreed upon between the browsing client and the merchant server, and the transaction can take place. The core technology behind JEPI is of a set of HTTP extensions called PEP and UPP that provides "automatable payment selection" and ultimately enhances the user shopping experience.
The Platform for Internet Content Selection [slides]
Presented by: Paul Resnick, AT&T Research 2:00 - 2:45
PICS started as an industry-wide response to attempts to regulate
content on the Internet. It has evolved into a pair of W3C Recommendations
that allow content to be labeled in machine-readable form. It provides for both self-labeling (by the author
or publisher) and third party labeling. PICS is "value-neutral" in the sense that
it does not specify the labeling system, just their format and how they can
be transmitted. The PICS work is now entering a second phase, in which the
infrastructure created to support the initial goal (content filtering) is being
proposed to handle searching and privacy protection tasks which involve content labels.
Entrusting Web Content: The Digital Signature Initiative
Presented by: Philip DesAutels 2:45 - 3:30
The Digital Signature Initiative of W3C was launched in October, 1996. The technical core of the DSig project is to establish a mechanism for a signer to make statements about objects on the web ("Signature Labels") thus enabling users to establish trust in those objects. The Project Manager will describe the overall architecture and report on the progress of several implementation teams.
Everyone's Web: The Web Accessibility Initiative [slides]
Presented by: Daniel Dardailler 4:00 - 4:45
Access to the World Wide Web by people with disabilities could be
significantly improved by changes to the Web's supporting protocols,
applications and, most importantly, content. In order to fulfill its mission -- to realize the full potential of the Web --
W3C must promote a high degree of usability for people with disabilities.
The Consortium will launching a broad new project and an associated
International Program Office on April 6, to coordinate five Web-related activities:
- Technology development
- Development of tools.
- Guidelines for use of the technology
- Education of content creators
- Research and advanced development
Web Communities: Privacy, Property, Propriety, and Public Policy
Presented by: Joseph Reagle 4:45 - 5:30
The Web's success is drawing attention from outside its immediate technical
and user community. Governments realize that a significant portion of their
constituencies and markets are moving online. Furthermore, as the
sophistication of one's interactions on the Web increase, so does its
resemblance to the "real world." Consequently, regulators are interested
in extending their "real world" mandates on commerce, culture, gambling,
money laundering, taxation, data protection, and intellectual property
rights to the Web. However, the outcome is often confusing
because the applied notions of identity, time, relationships, and
location (jurisdiction) do not map to cyberspace. Any resulting fear,
uncertainty, or doubt prevents the Web from growing as quickly
as its potential merits. W3C is establishing a Public Policy Interest Group
as a forum for discussing all of these issues.
Conference Day #3 ("Everywhere")
Today's focus is on the Architecture Domain
W3C Architecture Domain: Connecting Computers
Presented by Dan Connolly 11:00 - 11:45
The Architecture Domain is responsible for leading W3C efforts to maintain the
seamless and simplification of the globally distributed information space
known as the Web. The Domain focuses on automating
information exchange so that users are insulated from the technical details of the
Web's machine-to-machine communication. Questions are welcome about the entire range of Architecture activities: HTTP, URLs, Object Technology, Caching, Real Time Multimedia, XML,
and its sample code (Jigsaw and libwww).
Improving Web Performance: Global Reach [slides]
Presented by: Jim Gettys, Henrik Frystyk Nielsen 11:45 - 12:30
We describe our investigation of the effect of persistent connections,
pipelining and link level document compression on several client and
server HTTP implementations, including W3C's own Libwww and Jigsaw.
The results confirm that HTTP/1.1 is meeting its major design goals.
Our experience has been that implementation details
are very important to achieve all of the benefits of HTTP/1.1.Furtermore,
The use of CSS1 and PNG may result in an equally significant saving in the
amount of bytes used to download Web pages.
Extensible Markup Language
Presented by: Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems, Tim Bray, Textuality 2:00 - 2:45
Extensible Markup Language (XML) is an extremely simple dialect of SGML. The goal is to enable generic SGML to be served, received, and processed on the Web in the way that is now possible with HTML. For this reason, XML has been designed for ease of implementation, and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML.
W3C: Representing the Web Community
Group Discussion with Jean-François Abramatic, Tim Berners-Lee, Vincent Quint, Jim Miller, Dan Connolly, Sally Khudairi 2:45 - 3:30
In many ways, WWW6 attendees are the heart of the Web Community; W3C is just one of its arms. This special closing session of the W3C track is the Community's chance to offer feedback on W3C's direction and representation.
PICS working group 'BOF', which is closed to W3C Members and invitees. Chaired by Paul Resnick and coordinated by Susan Hardy
Today's focus is on reaching out to hard-core developers.
Santa Clara Convention Center Room 203/204
- New Proposals for HTTP Technology (11:00 - 12:45)
- Transparent Content Negotiation, [30 min] Andy Mutz, Koen Holtman
- Protocol Extension Protocol, [30 min] Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, Dan Connolly
- Hit-Metering Extension, [20 min] Jeffrey Mogul, Paul Leach
- Feature Tags, [20 min] Andy Mutz
- Improving Web Performance with HTTP/1.1 (2:00 - 3:30)
Gettys, Nielsen, et al.
We will present detailed results from recent W3C studies of the network performance effects of recent changes to HTTP, as well as new content description initiatives (PNG, CSS). See: http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/Protocols/HTTP/Performance/Pipeline.html
Broader discussion of network performance effects due to Web technology and Web deployment will follow, additional participants TBD.
Synchronized Multimedia: Protocols for Audio and Video (4:00 - 4:30) [slides]
W3C is working towards better support for interactive and continuous real-time multimedia on the Web, including synchronized audio and video streaming. The Consortium is helping develop new data formats and protocols to support this effort. Dr. Hoschka will survey some existing technologies (e.g. Real-Time Streaming Protocol) and report on the progress of the new W3C Working Group in this area
Broader discussion of network protocol support and format development for synchronized streams will follow, additional participants TBD.
- HTTP/1.1 Protocol Developer's Forum (4:30 - 5:30)
Chair: Larry Masinter. Panelists: Dan Connolly, Roy Fielding, Jim Gettys, Koen Holtman, Philipp Hoschka, Paul Leach, Jeff Mogul, Andy Mutz, Henrik Frystyk Nielsen
RFC 2068, HTTP/1.1, is now a Proposed Standard.
As part of the standards process, it's important
that implementors review the specification against
their own experience to ensure that the
specification actually forms a basis for
higher performance and more reliable Web
The panel will discuss issues with the
HTTP/1.1 specification, the current set of
problems and issues, answer questions from
the audience and take feedback on the HTTP/1.1
W3C User Interface Innovations
Santa Clara Convention Center Room 209/210
- Building Amaya (11:00 - 12:30)
These talks explain how Amaya was built and the technologies it uses.
- Amaya Architecture, Irène Vatton [slides]
This talk explains the general architecture of Amaya. In particular, the
talk describes the Thot library and how it is used to display and edit HTML documents.
For more information, please see http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/NOTE-amaya-970220.html
- Extending Amaya, Irène Vatton [slides]
Many aspects of Amaya's user interface, network access, and document format can be extended
or redefined without modifying the core of the application.
- Implementing Plug-In Renderers, Ramzi Guetari
Amaya also provides Netscape-compatible plug-in renderer support. This talk describes how it was added
to Amaya, and how this mechanism is used to implement the <OBJECT>
tag in the 'Cougar' HTML specification.
- Scalable Graphics for the Web (2:00 - 2:45)
Chair: Chris Lilley; Panelists TBA
Pixel-based graphics have served us well, but have limitations. They don't print well, they don't resize for different displays and they take way too long to download and display. Scalable graphics promise to solve these problems and provide improved interactive response. This panel discussion will examine the strengths and weaknesses of several scalable graphics formats to discover how they might provide a richer graphical environment in tomorrow's Web.
- Extending Amaya (2:45 - 3:30)
- Integrating Java into Amaya, Daniel Veillard [slides]
Recent versions of Amaya included an embedded Java engine (Kaffe, a free Java
Just In Time interpreter). Using this support, Amaya has been modified to access the network using Jigsaw's HTTP classes instead of libwww.
- Implementing Java-based Amaya Extensions, Daniel Veillard
The Kaffe interpreter provides a lightweight environment to
reimplement or add features to Amaya. From Java the programmer has
access to all the Thot library API, controlling the User Interface
and the HTML document, and to the Java classes implementing network
- CSS: Style, Performance, Accessibility (4:00 - 5:30) [slides]
Moderators: Chris Lilley, Håkon Lie; Panelists: Chris Wilson, Microsoft, T.V. Raman, Adobe, Robert Stevahn, HP
Separation of style and content is an oft-promoted ideal. W3C's work demonstrates the real practical benefit of doing this. Taking the Cascading Style Sheets specification and also extensions currently under development, we will discuss improvements in presentation, maintainability, accessibility and performance.
Electronic Commerce (W3C Sessions)
Westin Santa Clara Ballroom 2: Lawrence + San Tomas + Lafayette
- JEPI: W3C Electronic Commerce Activity Report (11:00 - 12:30)
Chair: Daniel Dardailler; Panelists: Eui-Suk Chung, Donald Eastlake 3rd, Mark Linehan
Learn what JEPI means to your development efforts.
You'll see a complete, developer-level, demonstration and learn about specific implementation issues. Presenters include Daniel Dardailler (W3C), Mark Linehan (IBM), EuiSuk Chung, and Don Eastlake.
- Developing MiniPay Billing Systems and Content/Service Merchants (2:00 - 3:00)
Presented by: Amir Herzberg
MiniPay is a mechanism to enable `charge per click` applications on the Web, now in alpha pilots. This presentation is targeted at persons who may wish to develop and offer either sites to sell content/services, or billing systems for micropayments. The presentation will begin with a short overview and demo of MiniPay (a more detailed presentation of MiniPay will be presented at the main program).
- W3C Electronic Commerce Interest Group (3:00 - 6:00)
After 3 PM, the DDay and W3C Electronic Commerce tracks split, with W3C proceeding to a Members-only Interest Group meeting in the Westin Alameda Room. The DDay track continues with eCo, Trust Management,
and Digital Signatures.
- Trust Management for Electronic Commerce (4:00 - 4:45)
Chair: Philip DesAutels; Discussants: Yang-hua Chu, Rohit Khare, Brian LaMacchia, AT&T
Commerce over the Internet is founded in the common currency of Commerce anywhere else: trust. Of course, on the Net, traditional questions like Who do you trust? are complicated by virtuality: Do you trust who this is? Looking further out, reliable electronic commerce requires trust in Web content: price lists, downloaded applications, and access control.
The concepts behind generic "trust management" can be an effective tool for web developers answering these questions today. TM promises generic tools for answering questions like "Do I believe this applet is safe to execute?", "Do I believe X is the author of this document?". W3C has been investigating this area and will discuss some preliminary concepts in this area.
- Developing Signed Assertions (4:45 - 5:30)
Chair: Philip DesAutels; Discussants: Yang-hua Chu, Peter Lipp, TU-Graz, Hemma Prafullchandra, JavaSoft
The key to automatable trust decisions is a trusted machine-readable statement. The W3C Digital Signature Initiative is developing new schemes for digitally signing statements about ownership, reliablity, and more. DSIG's Signature Labels differ from previous digital signature techniques in exactly two ways. First, they allow the signature to carry with it machine-readable assertions and endorsements ("I wrote this and it requires 16 meg of memory"). Second, they allow the data to be separate from the signature, so that third parties can make assertions about data they do not possess ("That applet, written by Company X, can be used by employees in the Accounting Department and has been certified for their use by our IT Department").
Related Developer's Day Presentations
Several more W3C technologies are showcased at WWW6 DDay: Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning, Extensible Markup Language (XML), and the Document Object Model. There's also an exciting all-day Access track in Great America J.
- Dynamic HTML API in IE4.0 (11:00 - 12:30)
Presented by: Jean Paoli & Scott Issacs, Microsoft
Westin Alameda Room
This talk is a detailed walk-through of the Dynamic HTML Object Model in
IE4. The Dynamic HTML Object Model in IE4 is based on the early work of
the DOM working group. The DOM working group is creating a language
neutral, platform independent model that encapsulates the entire HTML
document, all elements, all style, and all the content as objects. These
objects can be manipulated at any time to change the shape and
appearance of the document.
In addition, Dynamic HTML exposes a rich event model supporting events
on every element in the document. Through these events, the author is
notified of all interactions with the document. New concepts such as
event bubbling and sub-classing elements using the event model will be
The talk concludes with an introduction to data binding. Data binding
allows client-server like web pages to be constructed where the data can
be downloaded and manipulated locally on the client, without continually
needing to return to the server.
Overall, Dynamic HTML is about providing authors and developers with the
ability to create high performance, interactive web-applications that do
not require a large number of round-trips to the server.
- Technical Bootstrap on Structured Documents: HTML, SGML, CSS, DSSSL, XML (11:00 - 12:30)
Presented by: Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems
Ballroom A & B
In this presentation, the chairman of the W3C committee responsible
for the development of XML explains the concepts underlying structured
documents and the role played by various markup standards (HTML, SGML,
and XML) and stylesheet standards (CSS and DSSSL) in the creation and
delivery of structured documents.
The complementary role to be played in the future by HTML+CSS for some
applications and XML+DSSSL for others is sketched out, and then
This talk is designed to provide a roadmap for Web developers and
content providers considering various implementation strategies over
the coming year and to supply the background needed to follow the
panel discussions and technology demonstrations scheduled for the
afternoon session of the Structured Documents track.
- Future of Web Structured Documents (2:30 - 3:30)
Panelists: Jon Bosak, Tim Bray, Jean Paoli, Murray Maloney, Ian Graham, Dan Connolly (W3C)
Ballroom A & B
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- World Wide Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WEBDAV): An Introduction (4:00 - 5:30)
Presented by: Jim Cunningham, Netscape; Respondent: Ralph Swick
The past two years have witnessed the development of a new class of distributed authoring tools which allow remote editing followed by a network save. Unlike existing tools which save their work to a local filesystem and ignore how web content is made accessible, distributed authoring systems directly employ the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to put web content on a server. This allows web content to be edited hundreds or thousands of miles away from the server which distributes it, and gives users the ease of pushbutton publishing.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has just created a new working group to develop an interoperability specification for performing distributed authoring and versioning on the Web. This talk will provide a brief history of Web distributed authoring and versioning to date, and will give an overview of the functional requirements and technical approach under consideration by the WEBDAV group. More information about Web distributed authoring and versioning can be found on the WEBDAV home page
- Writing on the Web: A Panel (4:45 - 5:30)
Chair: Tony Meadow; Panelists: Dr. Lisa Friendly, Dale Dougherty, Paul Jones, Rohit Khare (W3C)
Westin Camino Real
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Rohit: In my experience at the Web Consortium, I've been responsible for getting the
message out in the form of technical specifications, white papers, press
releases and as editor of the W3C Newsletter and Web Journal. There are a host
of interesting issues related to writing about the Web on the Web: coping
with different audiences, trying to tease one concept out of a hypertext web
of ideas, and generally trying to understand the message in the media.
Personally, I believe that in the rush to abandon the physical limitations of
books and paper, we may be sacrificing the discipline and rigor that go with
it. I'll touch upon these issues and more as I try to explain why the World
Wide Web Journal is a print publication...
The Consortium has played a crucial role in the history of the Web...
- Tim Berners-Lee will jointly keynote Developer's Day and History Day. [slides]
9:00 AM, Santa Clara Convention Center Exhibit Hall B/C
Jean-Francois Abramatic, Chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium, will introduce the day and the speakers for our joint plenary session for Developer's Day and History Track.
Tim Berners-Lee will take as a starting point the motivations behind the original web design and work from that point to conclude which technical developments are important for the web to achieve those goals. As well as setting the stage fro developers day this will explain some of the goals and interdependencies of work being coordinated by the World Wide Web Consortium.
- The Web's Inventor also focuses on Tim's contributions:
11:45 AM, Santa Clara Convention Center Theater
Tim Berners-Lee proposed the World Wide Web in 1989, and was joined on the project by his colleague Robert Cailliau in 1990. Tim wrote the code for the Web much as we know it today in the fall 1990. Tim will demo the first browser in the world, his original GUI NeXT browser-editor from that year, on his original NeXT cube. He will discuss his early vision of the Web, which included many features since reinvented (multimedia capabilities, server APIs, intranets, fuller implementation of SGML standards, virtual pages, etc.) and many which remain "lost". He will also show Enquire Within, his proto-Web program of 1980.
- Building The Web is also of interest:
2:00 PM, Santa Clara Convention Center Theater
Jean-Francois Groff joined the Web project in early 1991, and worked with Tim Berners-Lee to design and implement significant portions of the Web's architecture. Jean-Francois started www-talk in 1991, the online mailing list which served as the central "forum" for the early years of the Web's development. He also helped start the Virtual Library, a forerunner of Yahoo. In 1992, Jean-Francois founded InfoDesign, the world's first Web services firm. Jean-Francois will discuss in detail many of the now "lost" features he developed with Tim in the very early 1990s.