World Wide Web Consortium Presents Mobile Web at 3GSM 2004

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Focus on Multimodal, Device Independence and Multimedia Messaging standards -- 23 February 2004 -- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is present at the 3GSM 2004 Congress, from 23 to 26 February 2004, in Cannes, France. Over 25,000 visitors will have the opportunity to learn about W3C's efforts in Multimodal Interaction, Voice Browsing, Device Independence, and Multimedia Messaging.

W3C Develops Interoperability Standards for the Mobile Web

W3C is currently addressing many challenges of the Mobile Web, including two with significant present and future impact: multimodal access and single authoring. W3C's Multimodal Interaction Activity works on standards that bring interoperability to writing multimodal Web services. W3C's Device Independence Activity is working on standards that will significantly lower the cost of authoring Web content to be adapted to specific mobile devices or user preferences. These efforts enable a new class of exciting mobile applications that combine today's Web technologies with tomorrow's mobile technologies including voice recognition (via Speech Interface Framework, including Speech Recognition Grammar Specification, Speech Synthesis Markup Language, and VoiceXML 2.0), handwriting recognition and gestures (via InkML).

In addition, much of the work done in W3C Working Groups allows for profiling and adaptations of specifications to suit the needs of diverse devices. Today, SMIL (SMIL Basic) is at the heart of 3GPP’s Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), and the mobile versions of SVG (Tiny) and XHTML (XHTML Basic and Modularization) are in widespread use in mobile applications. All of these specifications allow for rich content experiences, and leverage the power and extensibility of the XML standard.

Presentations and Demonstrations to Cover Broad Range of Mobile Applications

Representatives from the W3C Technical Team are attending the 3GSM 2004 Congress to answer questions about Multimodal Interaction, VoiceXML and the Speech Interface Framework, authoring content for multiple devices, and also to give demonstrations of W3C Standards in action. The presenters include:

  • Mr. Stephane Boyera, Device Independence Activity Lead
  • Dr. Max Froumentin, W3C Team Contact for the Multimodal Interaction and Voice Browser Activities
  • Dr. Philipp Hoschka, W3C Deputy Director for Europe

Dr. Hoschka is also scheduled to give presentations on the development of W3C Mobile Web standards. The program and other useful information are available on the Web at

Where to Find W3C at 3GSM 2004

The W3C Booth is part of the Telecom Valley Gallery, located at « la Potinière du Palais », across the street from the main entrance to the Palais des Festivals. For more information, including details on the presentation schedule, please contact Marie-Claire Forgue, <>

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, nearly 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. For more information see


Contact America --
Janet Daly, <>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613
Contact Europe --
Marie-Claire Forgue, <>, +33.492.38.75.94
Contact Asia --
Yasuyuki Hirakawa <>, +81.466.49.1170

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