Submission request to W3C

W3C Staff Comment

We, W3C Member webMethods, Inc. hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification comprising the document(s) linked below:

  1. Web Interface Definition Language [WIDL]

which collectively are referred to as "the submission". We request the submission be known as the "WIDL" submission.


This document provides the specification for the Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL), a metalanguage that implements a service-based architecture over the document-based resources of the World Wide Web. WIDL is an application of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML); it allows interactions with Web servers to be defined as functional interfaces that can be accessed by remote systems over standard Web protocols, and provides the structure necessary for generating client code in languages such as Java, C/C++, COBOL, and Visual Basic. WIDL enables a practical and cost-effective means for diverse systems to be rapidly integrated across corporate intranets, extranets, and the Internet.

Intellectual Property Rights

The WIDL specification is copyright webMethods, Inc. and notice of such copyright should be included in any publication or distribution. Upon adoption of this contribution as a W3C standard, webMethods, Inc. freely grants the right to use, reproduce, distribute, display publicly and prepare derivative works of this contribution, provided that webMethods' copyright notice is acknowledged. webMethods, Inc. expressly reserves all other rights it may have in the material and subject matter of this contribution. Each licensee agrees not to assert patent or other rights against webMethods in connection with this contribution or any implementation thereof.


The following are registered marks referred to in this request or the submission: webMethods is a registered trademark of webMethods, Inc. Other product and company names may be trademarks of their owners.


The submission may be distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee.

The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee.


No proprietary technology or license is required to implement the submission.

Note that webMethods, Inc. provides products which implement the WIDL specification; these products contain proprietary software and require a license. Evaluation licenses are granted free of charge upon download from the webMethods Web site.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium work on the proposal via existing working groups, and ultimately adopt the submission as a Recommendation.


To help with this work, webMethods can provide the Consortium one non-resident employee part-time as a specification editor.

Change control

Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future versions to be produced by W3C processes.


Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed to:

Charles Allen, +1 703.352.8345, <caallen@webMethods.com>, webMethods, Inc.

Phillip Merrick, +1 703.352.8079, <phillip@webMethods.com>, webMethods, Inc.


this 22nd day of September, 1997 by webMethods, Inc.