Fifth International World Wide Web Conference

May 6-10, Paris, France

Workshops: Call For Participation

Programming the Web - a search for APIs

The workshop focusses on concepts and requirements for high-level API suitable for developing Web-aware applications. An explicit goal of the workshop is to publish state of the art references to existing APIs.

Invited speaker

Luca Cardelli, DEC Systems Research Center: - What is the Web's Model of Computation?

Latest Information

The latest information concerning the workshop: position papers, attendees, detailled program, will be made available by the workshop chairman at the following URL:



Workshop Committee


Anton Eliëns (Chair)
Dept. of Math. and CS Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands


David De Roure
Department of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Simon Dobson
Computing and Information Systems CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX, UK

The committee is assisted by:
Jacco van Ossenbruggen (VU, Amsterdam) jrvosse@cs.vu.nl
Bastiaan Schönhage (VU, Amsterdam) bastiaan@cs.vu.nl


There seems to be a trend towards replacing monolithic general-purpose Web browsers by more finely-tuned Web applications enhanced with user-specific functionality, such as for example applets that allow for user-interaction or the display of dynamic information.

This raises the issue of what support should be provided for developing such applications. This workshop intents to address these issues. Topics include:

To focus the discussion, we state that "the language wars are over, the next war will be an API war, or rather several of them." In other words, as a result of the workshop, we like to see (proposals for) high-level support for Web-integrated applications.

We like the workshop to result in

Position papers

Position papers from 3-5 (HTML-2.0) pages addressing one of the topics mentioned are welcomed. Position papers proposing an API must include a brief description of the API, its intended application domain and preferably an indication of practical experience.

eliens@cs.vu.nl, Anton Eliëns, Workshop Organizer
Last updated: April 14, 1996