For Immediate Release
https://www.w3.org/ — 23 September 2016,
Lisbon, Portugal — More than 550 experts in Web technologies
gathered in Lisbon, Portugal this week to address challenges and new
opportunities for the future of the Web's technical roadmap and
standardization work. Hosted by the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C), whose mission is "to lead the Web to its
full potential" by standardizing Web technologies, the annual W3C Technical
Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) Meeting included nearly
40 sessions of formally chartered groups engaged in
standards-related work. Another 40 informal break-out
emerging technologies that may benefit from standardization work at
At the conference, Web
Inventor and W3C Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee gave a keynote address
in which he thanked and encouraged his fellow Web technologists to sustain
his original vision for an open, interoperable and decentralized Web for
everyone in the world.
On 6 August, the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Web being offered as a publicly available service. Since its invention by Berners-Lee in 1989, the Web has evolved to have rich video and graphics capabilities, work on multiple devices, appear in many languages and be accessible for those with disabilities. These advancements rely significantly on open Web standards, the technical building blocks that make the Web open, interoperable and accessible, developed at the World Wide Web Consortium.
"Members of the W3C and the larger Web community carry a great responsibility to shape the future of Web technologies," said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "Most people take for granted that the Web just works for them, but the foundational technologies that make the Web work for everyone are developed by highly skilled and dedicated technology experts in the W3C community. This year's TPAC meetings underscored the importance and impact of W3C's work."
Topping the technical discussions of the groups chartered by W3C were
advancements to the Open Web Platform and specific industry requirements
for the next generation Web:
In addition to the meetings of the formally chartered Working and
Interest Groups for W3C members, for the first time the W3C hosted more
than 20 W3C Community Groups
that are incubating
ideas for future Web technologies. Among the topics of high interest
in the Community Groups and breakout sessions were blockchain, virtual
reality (VR/AR), Web bluetooth and NFC, micro-payments, multi-device
timing, and a Web of Things plugfest.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth and stewardship for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium.
W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. W3C has Offices in Australia; the Benelux countries; Brazil; Finland; Germany and Austria; Greece; Hungary; India; Korea; Morocco; Russia; Southern Africa; Spain; and the United Kingdom and Ireland. For more information see http://www.w3.org/
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Karen Myers, W3C <firstname.lastname@example.org>