Keywords: WWW, information society, communication protocols, http, html
Start Date: 1 December 94 / Status: finished / Duration: 25 months
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This project aims to support the International World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The overall objective is a highly scaleable information market where information, goods and services can be purchased, sold or exchanged freely so as to improve the economic well being and quality of life of people in Europe and throughout the world. The present action is seen as complementary to the ESPRIT WWW project whose goal is to arrive at specifications and recommendations that can guide further evolution on the basis of consultations with industry and other parties.
A team of 18 members now operates in Europe and key people have been gathered from different European countries. New releases of HTTP and HTML are available; extensions such as PEP, the Protocol Extension Protocol, and CSS, the Cascading Style Sheets, have been introduced to cover new requirements regarding electronic payments, security and privacy. In response to requests from industry, PICS, the Platform for Internet Content Selection, has been developed, as have key reference software packages, Amaya and Jigsaw.
A detailed description of the results, activities, events and publications of W3C can be found at http://www.w3.org/pub/www. These refer to work on the WWW user interface, aspects of technology and society as well as the underlying architecture.
Although the original consortium supported cooperation between Europe and the USA, Japan has recently started to play a significant role and will provide a point of reference for WWW related members in Asia. The W3C consortium now has 57 European members, 79 American members as well as 15 members in Asia.
As well as making the W3C web site and publishing a newsletter for members, the consortium supports numerous conferences. Two recent conferences of importance were the 5th International WWW Conference ( http://www.5conf.inria.fr) held in Paris in May 1996, which attracted more than 2000 attendants from 51 countries, and the Conference on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism ( http://www.w3.org/pub/www/International/Sevilla-96) held in Seville in December 1996.
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html version of synopsis by Nick Cook