W3C Community Convenes to Discuss Future of HTML, Health of Internet Ecosystem

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Silicon Valley Developers Invited to Discuss Open Standards Development at Public Gathering

http://www.w3.org/ — 6 October 2009 — The W3C community convenes next month in Santa Clara, California for TPAC Week 2009, this year's edition of an annual week-long opportunity for W3C group participants to share news of progress and to address hot-button technical issues face-to-face.

The Internet Society (ISOC), as part of its mission to support the development of open standards, will sponsor TPAC 2009 and actively participate in the event. In addition to ISOC representatives, participants from other standards development organizations will join in discussion about the health of the "Internet Ecosystem."

"The Internet Society is pleased to support and participate in the important work of the W3C community around TPAC 2009,” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer of the Internet Society. “The Internet's immense success as a platform for innovation over the past 40 years has been built on a foundation of open standards, and its continued evolution will be driven by efforts such as those led by the W3C.”

"I'm pleased that the Internet Society is sponsoring and participating in TPAC 2009," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "ISOC and W3C both work to foster the open development of standards that empower users around the world. A lot of social networking happens during TPAC, and this year there will be an even greater number of participants from the broader open standards community."

A FAQ about ISOC and W3C is available for more information.

Developer Gathering Offers New Opportunity for Interaction

Thursday, 5 November, 1pm - 6pm PT

For the first time, W3C is organizing a Developer Gathering, open to the public, where developers can join an afternoon of discussion and networking. People involved in various W3C groups and other organizations will lead the free exchange of opinions and feedback among all participants. Speakers include:

  • Arun Ranganathan on APIs;
  • Elika Etemad on CSS;
  • Philippe Le Hégaret on W3C spearheading public development of a browser test suite;
  • Mark Davis, President of the Unicode Consortium, on controversies around international domain names

W3C encourages those not already participating in W3C groups to register, but please note that space is limited to 100 people. More information about participation and the registration fee is available on the meeting page.

Media Invited to Breakfast on 3 November

Tuesday, 3 November, 7:30am - 8:30am PT

Representatives from a select number of W3C groups will introduce the hot topics that will be addressed during the Wednesday Plenary Session (HTML 5, Internet Ecosystem, eGovernance), followed by a question and answer session. For more information, see the media breakfast information page. To register, please send email to w3t-pr@w3.org.

Plenary Day to Address HTML 5, Internet Ecosystem, Privacy Challenges, More

On the Wednesday, 4 November, there is a plenary session open to all W3C group participants. The W3C plenary session will include discussions on:

  • HTML 5 support for decentralized extensibility
  • Maintaining a healthy Internet ecosystem -- challenges to an open Internet infrastructure
  • Government Transparency and Accountability; what more can the Web (and W3C) do to help?
  • Privacy challenges arising from more powerful Web Applications

The proceedings of the plenary session are public.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

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 for the Web. Over 350 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is 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, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

Media Contacts

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