W3C Web on TV Workshop
— Use cases and requirements for smarter integration of Web technologies, broadcasting and non-PC devices —

2-3 September 2010

Hosted by W3C/Keio, Tokyo, Japan


The following resources are available on the W3C server:


Evolution of Web technologies. The explosion of the mobile device market demonstrates how consumers have come to expect and rely on access to the network from anywhere, at any time, including from mobile computers, phones, automobiles, and more. Though consumers do not yet have the same expectations about their televisions, this will surely change in the near future given the importance of television in people's lives, ongoing display and feature improvements, and the opportunity for new services created by increased connectivity, such as:

There are significant business opportunities in rising to the challenge of satisfying this desire for connectivity and ensuring that people have access to the Web from their televisions.

Possible benefits of Web technologies to broadcasting. Indeed, the convergence of Web technology and broadcasting has already begun. For instance, IP-based television is growing more popular, many countries have begun to recognize the importance of broadband access to their citizens, and many televisions run applications that implement Web-like technologies such as BML and CE-HTML. Many in the IT industry view these as important transitional steps that can enable a wide new range of interactive services, well-integrated with the Web. The time is thus ripe for the television industry to help ensure this integration can be accomplished in a way that meets the needs of the industry. W3C has shown that people value "One Web" — available to anyone, anywhere, on any device — and that the IT industry values open and global Web standards, which lower implementation costs and simplify deployment of new applications. With convergence on the horizon, this is now a good opportunity to discuss the application of this approach to other industry areas such as broadcast television.

Background of Web on TV Workshop

Why this workshop? The IT industry is building the future Web platform at W3C. HTML5, CSS, SVG, and other open global standards for Web technology are starting to be deployed in browsers, and the Web community is enthusiastic about host of new features such as location-based services. W3C has begun to organize a series of workshops to bring the television industry and other producers of consumer electronics into the discussion. Participants in these workshops will have the opportunity to share their own perspectives, requirements, and ideas to ensure that emerging global standards meet their needs.

The first workshop in the series takes place in Japan and emphasizes participation (in multiple languages) by companies from Japan, Korea, China, and other countries in Asia (though anybody may attend). Participants in this first workshop will share insights on topics such as the advantages of supporting HTML5 (such as its rich feature set, global language support, and support for accessibility), compatibility with existing television technology, performance issues, the transition from existing approaches to Web-based ones, digital rights management, nomadic user interfaces (where users change devices without losing the flow of their activity), and more.

Workshop Goals

The goal of this workshop is to identify use cases and requirements for smarter integration of existing Web standards, broadcasting and non-PC device like television. The workshop also aims at creating a community of interested parties, with a view to defining the charter of possible W3C Working Group or Incubator Group on the topic.


The main outcome of the workshop will be the publication of a report that will serve as a guide for further work in W3C.

Scope of the Workshop

The workshop is aimed at companies and organizations interested in the standardization of smarter integration of existing W3C standards, broadcasting technologies and non-PC device technologies.

This first workshop is held in Japan, so participation of broadcasters and TV vendors from Japan, Korea and China is strongly expected. However, note that this workshop is open to not only TV industry but also various hardware/software vendors of non-PC devices who are interested in W3C standards and smarter integration of them and non-PC devices.

Who should attend?

You should consider participating in this workshop if you are in one of the following communities:

Requirements for Participation

Statements of interest will be the basis for the discussions at the workshop. Each organization or individual wishing to participate must submit a statement of interest by email to <team-webontv-ws-submit@w3.org> by 6 August 2010.

Statements of interest should:

Statements of interest should be written in English. Examples may be illustrated with non-English languages with an English explanation. All submissions should be 1 to 5 pages in length, although they may link to longer versions or appendices. Allowed formats are valid (X)HTML or PDF or plain text. Papers in any other format (including invalid (X)HTML) may be returned with a request for correct formatting. (See also example Statements of Interest for a past W3C workshop.)

Statements of interest will be published on the public Web page of the workshop. Submitting a statement of interest comprises a default recognition of these terms for publication. The program committee reserves the right to decline submissions that are not deemed relevant to the workshop's stated goals.

The Program Committee will ask the authors of particularly salient submissions to explicitly present their position at the workshop to foster discussion. Presenters will be asked to make the slides of the presentation available on the workshop home page in HTML, PDF, or plain text.

See the schedule below for submission and registration deadlines.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:


Participation will be governed by the following:

Workshop Organization

Workshop Organizing Committee:

Program Committee:

The current program committee consists of:

The program committee will review statements of interest to select which people to invite to give presentations, and to come up with the workshop agenda.


The workshop program will run from 9 am to 5 pm on both days.


The workshop will be held at Keio University in Mita, Tokyo, Japan .

Information about hotels will be distributed with acceptance letters.


Information on registration will be send with the notification of acceptance.

Workshop languages:

The Workshop will be conducted in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English via simultaneous translation. A meeting summary will be available in English (and possibly other languages).

Important Dates

Date Event
August 6, 2010 Deadline for Statements of Interest. Submit Statements of Interest to team-webontv-ws-submit@w3.org.
August 13, 2010 Acceptance notification and registration instructions sent. Program and accepted position papers posted on the workshop website.
August 27, 2010 Deadline for registration.
September 2, 2010 Workshop Begins (9:00 AM)
September 3, 2010 Workshop Ends (5:00 PM)
September 10, 2010 September 13, 2010 Conference minutes and conference deliverables posted on the workshop website.

The W3C management Team will also keep you informed as plans for the second Workshop, in Europe, likely during the first quarter of 2011. If you are interested in early involvement in the Workshop in Europe (such as joining the program committee), please contact Philipp Hoschka at team-tvws-interest@w3.org.

The Logistics, the Presentation Guideline, the Agenda, the Minutes and the Summary are also available on the W3C Web server.

Masao Isshiki, Michael Smith, Deborah Dahl and Kazuyuki Ashimura, Workshop Organizing Committee

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