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Introduction to XML at W3C
Working Group chair updates
Founded Fall 1994
One International Consortium, 3 Hosts:
MIT in USA
INRIA in France
Keio in Japan
W3C Activities: What We Do
User Interface Domain
HTML, Stylesheets, SMIL, Internationalization, ...
Technology and Society
Metadata for Security, E-Commerce, ...
HTTP, XML, Web Characterization, ...
Web Accessability Initiative (WAI)
Guidelines, Outreach, Technical review, ...
XML at W3C: Background
Jun 1996: XML Activity, Phase I, begins
Feb 1998: XML 1.0 becomes W3C Recommendation
Aug 1998: Phase II: 5 XML Working Groups + XSL, DOM, I18N
Namespaces, Stylesheet linking Recommendations
Sep 1999: Phase III begins: Query WG + XML Digital Signatures
The Role of XML at W3C
While in principle anyone is free to use any syntax in a new language, the
evident advantages from sharing the syntax are so great that new languages
should where it is not overly damaging in other ways be written in XML. Apart
from the efficiency of sharing tools, parsers, and understanding, this also
leverages the work which has been put in to XML in the way of
internationalization, and extensibility.
Web Architecture from
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director