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Submission request to W3C (W3C Team Comment)

We, W3C member, Fujitsu Limited, hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification, comprising the following document attached hereto:

  1. NaVigation Markup Language (NVML)

which is referred to as "the submission". We request the submission be known as the "NVML" submission.


A variety of mobile information appliances are developed rapidly such as smart phones with capability of Internet access, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System), and car navigation systems. A navigation service is one of the indispensable services to these mobile information appliances, but currently it is only available with car navigation systems. In order to use the navigation service not only on cars but also on trains, on buses, and on foot with various mobile information appliances, a common data format for describing navigation information such as locations of points and route information is required. The "NVML" (NaVigation Markup Language) is a markup language for describing the navigation information satisfying the above requirement. The NVML enables us to use a navigation service at any time and anywhere, and it will also be used in other services such as a guide service for sightseeing, a travel planning service, and a publishing service for tourists.

Intellectual Property Rights

Fujitsu agrees that, upon adoption of the submission in a W3C Recommendation, it will grant - on the basis of reciprocity for the submission - a license to an unrestricted number of applicants on a worldwide, non-discriminatory basis, and on a royalty-free basis or on reasonable terms and conditions to manufacture, use and/or sell implementations of the technology described in the submission and/or applications therefor.

Fujitsu expressly reserves all other rights it may have in the material and subject matter of this contribution.

Fujitsu expressly disclaims any and all warranties regarding the submission including any warranty that the submission does not violate the rights of others or is fit for a particular purpose.


The name NVML is a trademark of FUJITSU LIMITED, but will be arranged for a use by applicants and the W3C.


The submission may be distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee. The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee under the redistribution terms expressed in the W3C copyright statement .


The following points should be noted as regards licensable technology involved in any third party implementations of the technology specified in the submission: [None].

Suggested Action

We suggest that the Consortium publishes this proposal as is, and works on identified open and future issues within existing working groups/interest groups especially the "Mobile Access" IG in which the Fujitsu's NVML authoring members also join under the IG charter.


To help with this work, we expect to be able to provide one non-resident document editing assistance to the Consortium.

Change Control

Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future versions to be produced by the W3C process.


Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed to:

Minoru Sekiguchi,   Fujitsu Laboratories Limited,   minoru@flab.fujitsu.co.jp


this 30th day of June, 1999,

Masahito Toriumi, Fujitsu Limited