W3C Interaction Domain

The W3C Workshop on Web Applications and Compound Documents

1st and 2nd June 2004

San Jose, California, USA

Future Work

The W3C has started developing a new Activity in this area called Web Applications. The intention is to have a Working Group doing Combined Documents with a focus on Mobile Computing, and a Working Group to begin examining requirements for Web Applications. The public are encouraged to give feedback on the mailing list.

Summary and Minutes Available

Thanks to everyone that participated in the workshop. There is a summary of the Workshop which includes the outcomes and potential next steps. The minutes (Tuesday, Wednesday) are also available, as are the IRC logs (Tuesday, Wednesday). Thanks to Leigh Klotz for taking minutes, and to the IRC monkeys also. Slides are linked from the agenda. Pleas send your presentation slides to Dean if you haven't done so.

Agenda and Papers Available

Workshop agenda and logistics available. The position papers submitted to the Workshop are now available to the public. A temporary list of registrants is also provided.


Workshop Scope

This workshop covers two topics: Web Applications and Compound Documents.

Web Applications

With the ubiquity of Web browsers and Web document formats across a range of platforms and devices, many developers are using the Web as a platform-independent application environment. Examples of Web applications include reservation systems, online shopping or auction sites, games, multimedia applications, calendars, maps, chat applications, clocks, interactive design applications, stock tickers, currency converters and data entry/display systems.

Over the past several years a number of different technologies have targeted application development on the Web. However, much of the work in this area has been proprietary and platform specific.

Web applications typically have some form of programmatic control, either on the client, on the server or a combination of both. This workshop addresses client-side Web applications only. They may run within the browser, or within another host application. A Web application is typically downloaded on demand each time it is "executed", allowing a developer to update the application for all users when needed. Web applications are usually smaller than regular desktop applications, and can have rich graphical interactive interfaces.

Position papers submitted for this workshop topic should address at least some of the following questions:

Compound Documents

XML allows content and application developers to mix and match markup languages, creating a compound document. In many cases the developer would use existing languages, but they are also free to invent their own language to address their specific situation.

Many of the W3C specifications were designed to either act as a host language for a document or to be integrated into a document hosted by another language. However, until recently this technique was not often used or implemented. With a new breed of document formats being created, such as XHTML plus SMIL plus SVG, or XForms embedded in SVG, it is expected that compound documents will become more popular. Also, there are a number of compound document formats in use in today's Web environment that were developed outside W3C.

Examples of usage scenarios for compound documents include multimedia applications such as DVD menu systems, rich-media formats for messaging such as MMS, document archiving, declarative user interfaces and Web Applications.

Position papers submitted for this workshop topic should address at least some of the following questions:

Public discussion of both topics is encouraged.

Expected Audience

We expect several groups to contribute to the workshop:

Attendance is not restricted to W3C Members.


Although the Workshop is public, it is restricted to approximately 100 places. Each organization can provide at most three attendees.

Position papers are required in order to participate in this workshop. Each organization or individual wishing to participate should have submitted a position paper explaining their interest in the workshop. The intent is to make sure that participants have an active interest in the area, and that the workshop will benefit from their presence.

Papers may address one or both of the Workshop topics: Web applications and compound documents. Position papers can be anywhere from one page to four pages. In addition to the questions that were listed above, position papers may address:

Beyond these questions, submissions can be as general or specific as the author(s) wish.

Send papers (in valid XHTML/HTML or PDF) to the archived mailing list: team-webapps-cdf-submissions@w3.org.

All position papers are available from the workshop Web site. The workshop Web site is public, so position papers and slides must be suitable for public dissemination. Speaker slides will also be available at the Web site after the workshop. There will not be printed proceedings.

To attend, you must register by filling out the registration form. The URI for the registration form has been sent to all submitters. If you did not receive a form, please email dean@w3.org.

There is no participation fee.

Important Dates

Workshop Details and Agenda

The agenda for the workshop is available, as is the meeting logistics. Attendess are strongly encouraged to read both documents.

The Workshop will start at 9am sharp on Tuesday. In order to enter the Adobe office you will be required to pass through reception. With the number of participants, this may take a while so please arrive with time to spare.

The Workshop will produce the following:

These will be published on the W3C Web site by the end of June 2004.

Organizing Committee

Program Chairs
Program Committee

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the workshop chairs by email.


The Workshop will be hosted in San Jose, by Adobe Systems. You will be required to enter through the main reception. Parking is available on request (tell the reception staff you are attending the workshop). The address is:

Adobe Systems Incorporated
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, California 95110-2704

Tel: 408-536-6000
Fax: 408-537-6000

Adobe's website has directions (in PDF) to the office, as well as a list of nearby hotels.

Adobe will provide refreshments, but attendees will have to supply their own lunches. The Adobe cafeteria will be available.


Public discussion of this workshop can take place on the mailing list public-webapps-cdf-discuss@w3.org. This list has a public archive.

Dean Jackson <dean@w3.org>

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