Technical Plenary Week

3 - 7 March 2003, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

Technical Plenary Agenda

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(Links to slides and other materials will be added as they become available.)

Wednesday, 5 March 2003

The Wednesday of the Technical Plenary and Group Meetings Week offers a unique opportunity for Working, Interest and Coordination Group members who have registered to gather in one room and discuss technical topics of broad interest to the attendees, and of significant importance to past, present and future of the World Wide Web Consortium. Discussion during the plenary day will not be considered Member confidential.

If you have IRC, you are welcome to join channel #tp on irc.w3.org:6665 to help record the meeting. The channel log is in the Web.


08:30 Session 1: Welcome! ... but, Why Are We Here?

Description: Two unique features of the World Wide Web Consortium are its broad spectrum of foundational work, coupled with its strong emphasis on coordination across that spectrum (and even outside of it). The Technical Plenary week is a unique occasion when the people responsible for the work and coordination facilitate their objectives face-to-face. This introductory session motivates subsequent sessions, and aims to educate and inspire through an overview of: (a) the W3C's spectrum of work, (b) your place within it, (c) the value of cross-group review, and (d) the wave of new technology coming up for review.

Meeting Chair: Steve Bratt, Chief Operating Officer, W3C

Slides: Tech Plenary: Welcome! ... but Why Are We Here? - Steve Bratt

09:00 Session 2: What Does Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone, Any Device Access to the Web Really Mean?

Description: New ways of accessing the Web will impact traditional Web architecture in many ways. This session explores implications for the Web from three perspectives: (1) new types of devices with capabilities that differ from those of traditional desktop browsers, (2) new modalities such as voice and digital ink, (3) providing access to the Web for users whose disabilities prevent them from making full use of a traditional interface.

Panelists: Jim Larson, Co-chair, Voice Browser WGs; Scott McGlashan, Co-chair, Voice Browser WG; Debbie Dahl, Chair, Multimodal Interaction WG; Janina Sajka, WAI Protocols and Formats WG; Roger Gimson, Chair, Device Independence WG

Moderator: Dave Raggett, Lead, Multimodal Interaction and Voice Browser Activities

Part 1: Introduction and Goals

Part 2: Web Challenges

Part 3: Discussion

your turn to ask us questions.

10:00 Break
10:30 Session 3: The Evolving Web Architecture

Description: Thinking about the places where the Architecture of the Web has fissures and gaps and proposing solutions for closing them, is what the TAG has spent a great deal of time doing in its first year. The session (re-)acquaints you to the TAG, explains how it relates to you in your WG work, and delivers a set of its works in progress, including the "Architecture of the World Wide Web" document and technical issues and findings regarding Namespace documents, an XML profile and XML id semantics.

Panelists: Technical Architecture Group members - Tim Berners-Lee, Dan Connolly, Paul Cotton, Roy Fielding, Ian Jacobs, Chris Lilley, David Orchard, Norm Walsh, Stuart Williams


  1. Stuart Williams -- TAG Introduction
  2. Dan Connolly -- Architecture Document Overview
  3. Chris Lilley -- XMLl ID for Well-Formed Documents
  4. Norm Walsh -- XML Profiles
  5. Paul Cotton -- Namespace Documents

Moderator: Steve Zilles, Chair, Advisory Board

Slides and References:

12:00 Lunch

BOF (Birds Of a Feather) discussions around lunch tables, sign up on board in the morning

14:00 Session 4: Integrating our Products

Description: The purpose of the session is to enhance awareness, through demonstrations and presentations, of recent successes in integrating W3C technologies, of challenges faced en route to these successes, and of remaining problem areas.

Panelists: Stephen Buswell, Math WG; David Carlisle, Math WG; Mikko Honkala, XForms WG; Steven Pemberton, Chair, HTML and XForms WGs on XForms; David Landwehr, XForms WG

Moderator: Patrick Ion, Chair Math WG

Slides and References:

15:00 Session 5: W3C Glossary: Schema and Tools for Interoperability and Common Understanding

Description: Any W3C Working Group that has published a specification for review knows the labor of providing clarifications on terminology. This session will identify common problems and present early work on a potential solution to ease the process.

Panelists: Norm Walsh, TAG; Hugo Haas, Lead, Web Services Activity; Olivier Thereaux, Quality Assurance WG; Wendy Chisholm, Chair, Evaluation and Repair Tools WG/IG and Team Contact Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WG

Moderator: Wendy Chisholm

Slides and References:

15:30 Break
16:00 Session 6: One Web or Four?

Description: As the Web has grown, so has the community of people working on its development. If for no other reason than the sheer volume of work being produced, the community may be dividing into subcommunities focused on different application areas such as hypertext, Web services, the semantic Web, Web infrastructure and the grid. If the Web is to remain cohesive, we must define the principles and architecture we all share and define where and how different groups have freedom to be different. This panel will discuss what the hypertext Web, Web services, the semantic Web and the http Web have in common, where they differ and how they relate to each other.


Moderator: Stuart Williams, TAG

Slides and References:

17:00 Session 7: Tech Town Hall

Description: Plenary discussion of the hottest topics of the day, or other topics raised by participants on their question cards.

Participants: Everyone

Moderator: Ian Jacobs, W3C Team

17:45 Adjourn

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Those who attended this Technical Plenary meeting are kindly requested to complete the post-Meeting Survey, to help us make next year's Tech Plenary even stronger:

TP Meeting Survey ... http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/100/TP2003/

The deadline for completing the Survey is 14 March 2003, 2400 UT

Only those with Member accounts can complete the Survey. However, if other attendees wish to provide their input, please see a Team member for assistance. Thanks!

Many thanks to the Program Committee:

Paul Cotton, Microsoft

Debbie Dahl, Conversational Technologies

Janet Daly, W3C (Floor Chair)

Donald Eastlake, Motorola

Al Gilman, Invited Expert

Patrick Ion, University of Michigan and Mathematical Reviews

Brian McBride, HP

Noah Mendelsohn, IBM,

David Orchard, BEA

Steven Pemberton, W3C

Steve Bratt, W3C (Meeting Chair)

... and thanks to all Moderators, Panelists and Participants.

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