Briefing Package for
Workshop on Mobile Access

1. Scope of the Workshop

Mobile access technology has gained a lot of attention recently. W3C has received requests by members to get more involved, in the form of comments at the advisory council meeting in January '98 and on other occasions, and in the form of submissions.

The purpose of the W3C workshop on mobile access is to gather representatives of a wide range of organizations involved in mobile access technology. This includes hardware manufacturers, software providers, communication service providers, content providers, and end user organizations.

Mobile access is the answer to people who want to access the Web at any time, from anywhere. Mobile access is therefore an important component of an ubiquious Web. It becomes more and more feasible due to progress in communication systems and device technology. Nevertheless, some inherent limitations will continue, and demand special consideration. The goal of the workshop is to create a common understanding among W3C members and staff on the issues and challenges in mobile access technology, and to collectively advise W3C which further actions (working groups, recommendations) it should take with regard to mobile access.

Topics to be discussed at this workshop include, but are not limited to:

As an accompanying measure for preparing the discussions at the workshop, a public mailing list is provided. To subscribe, send mail to www-mobile-request@w3.org and put the word "subscribe" in the subject line.

For details on workshop organization, see Section 4 below.

2. Criteria for Success

Requirements for the next version of HTML will be relayed to the "Future of HTML" workshop planned in May in the bay area.

3. List of Deliverables

4. Call For Participation

World Wide Web Consortium Workshop on Mobile Access

April 7-8, 1998, Tokyo - JAPAN


There will be a limit of 100 participants. There is no registration fee. We will close the registration after the first 100 participants.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill out the registration form and submit a position paper before March 20, 1998. Registration is required!

Participation in the workshop is limited to two persons per W3C member. Only one position paper per member organization is required. Please indicate whether you are willing to present. The workshop is open to invited experts that are not employees of W3C members. W3C member organizations are encouraged to propose experts that could be invited. Formal invitation of experts will be made by the workshop technical chair.

The position papers are intended to create a base for the discussion at the workshop. They should be at least half a page, and not more than one page, and should clearly state the relation of the submitter to the area of mobile access. They may contain references to additional information, such as hardware descriptions, standard proposals, and so on. Participants are also encouraged to bring example devices and demo applications to the workshop to further common understanding.

Position papers should be sent via email to mobile-submit@w3.org. Allowed formats for submissions are a URL to the position paper, HTML, and ASCII.

All position papers will be included on the workshop website on March 20. Speaker slides will be added later. Both position papers and slides will also appear in the printed participants' notes. Note: The website will be available to the general public, so position papers and slides must be available for public dissemination.


Today: Send a message to mobile-ws-register@w3.org stating

THIS DOES NOT REPLACE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION! For official registration, please use the registration form.

Deadline for registration and position papers (1/2 to 1 page) : Friday, March 20, 1998

Hotel Discount Rate Available until : Friday, March 20, 1998, 17:00 JST (8:00 UTC, Midnight of Thursday, March 19, in California!)

Program available: Tuesday, March 24, 1998

Workshop: Tuesday April 7 and Wednesday April 8 1998


Workshop Technical Chair:

Tatsuya Hagino, hagino@w3.org

World Wide Web Consortium
Keio Research Institute at SFC
Keio University
5322 Endo Fujisawa 252-8520 JAPAN

Workshop Organization Chair:

Nobuo Saito, nobuo.saito@w3.org

World Wide Web Consortium
Keio Research Institute at SFC
Keio University
5322 Endo Fujisawa 252-8520 JAPAN

Local Arrangements:

Yumiko Matsubara, matsubara@w3.org

World Wide Web Consortium
Keio Research Institute at SFC
Keio University
5322 Endo Fujisawa 252-8520 JAPAN

Team Contact/Webmaster:

Takuya ASADA, asada@w3.org

World Wide Web Consortium
Keio Research Institute at SFC
Keio University
5322 Endo Fujisawa 252-8520 JAPAN


Panasonic Multimedia Center

4-5-15, Higashi-Shinagawa,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 140-0002 Japan
Telephone: +81-3-5460-2462
Fax: +81-3-5460-2464

Getting There

From New Tokyo International (Narita) Airport

Take JR limited-express "Narita Express(NEX)" to the Shinagawa Station (about 80 minutes ride, 2,910 yen). Make a change there to Keihin-Kyuuko (Keikyuu) line to the Aomono-Yokocho Station (about 3 minutes ride, 130 yen). It will take about 10 minutes on foot from the Aomono-Yokocho Station to the Multimedia Center.

A map for Aomono-Yokocho Station to the Multimedia Center is available.

Shinagawa Prince Hotel (described below) is just besides Shinagawa Station.

Hotel Accommodations

Shinagawa Prince Hotel [Map]

4-10-30, Takanawa,
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0074 Japan
Telephone: +81-3-3440-1111
Fax: +81-3-3441-7092

Hotel Reservation:

Use Reservation Form. Discount rate is available via this form only. Note that this discount rate is not applied to an individual reservation request. This Reservation Form should be sent to Yumiko Matsubara, Contact Point of W3C/Keio.

The fax number is as follows: +81 466-47-5085

Discount Rate Available until March 20, 1998, 17:00 JST (8:00 UTC, Midnight of Thursday, March 19, in California!):

Resource Statement

W3C Resource Commitment

Over the period of six weeks, this activity will consume 10% of the time of one W3C staff member for chairing the workshop, 10% of the time of one W3C staff member to handle local organization, 5% of the time of one W3C staff member for managing the workshop website, and 10% of five staff members for coodinating with W3C current activities. This is not part of a running W3C activity, but is organized under W3C's mandate to track and prepare possible activities in the User Interface domain.

Takuya ASADA
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