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W3C Track

In partnership with WWW2007, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides a separate technical track at the conference to update the WWW community on W3C's latest initiatives and activities. WWW2007 attendees can expect substantive reports on the variety of technologies that bring the Web to its full potential, as well as insights on future developments. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to the W3C Members and staff.

The W3C Track runs from Wednesday, May 9 to Friday, May 11 at the WWW2007 conference. All W3C Track sessions take place in the Cascade Ballroom, which is on Mezzanine 2 in the conference hotel.

The following represents the W3C Track content as of April 13, 2007. Please check the official W3C Track schedule for the latest program updates.

Wednesday, May 9 | Thursday, May 10 | Friday, May 11

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Making Mobile Browsing Better (10:30am-noon)

Session Chair: Michael Smith (W3C)

  • Mobile Web Initiative Success Stories by Michael Smith (W3C)
  • Towards a mobileOK Web by Dan Appelquist (Vodafone)
  • Describing, Exchanging, and Aggregating Test Results by Shadi Abou-Zahra (W3C)
  • Device Description: Important New Work in Progress, Why We Need your Participation by Rhys Lewis (Volantis)
  • Mobile Web to Bridge the Digital Divide by Charles McCathie Nevile (Opera Software)
  • Panel (with speakers and James Pearce (mTLD), Art Barstow (Nokia) )
    Mobile Web Initiative: The Road Ahead

The goal of the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) is to bring the Web to the networked devices that will shape the nature of distributed communications in this century (hint: those devices are not personal computers). At this session, you'll learn about the MWI's successes thus far and about its roadmap for future work.

Rich Web Applications (1:30pm-3:00pm)

Session Chair: Chris Lilley (W3C)

  • Mobile Web Applications by Kevin Kelly (IBM)
  • Widgets and Web Applications by Art Barstow (Nokia)
  • WICD and Ubiquitous Web Applications by Dave Raggett (W3C Fellow, Volantis Systems)
  • Accessibility Practices for Rich Internet Applications by Michael Cooper (W3C)

The Rich Web Applications work at W3C is so named because it brings together compound documents, the XML ecosystem and essential Web 2.0 APIs for both mobile and desktop. The talks in this session show how this work enables more interactive, richer, and more accessible Web applications.

The Future of the Web Page (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Session Chair: Olivier Thereaux (W3C)

  • HTML Reloaded by Chris Lilley (W3C)
  • Next steps for HTML Forms by Dave Raggett (W3C Fellow, Volantis Systems)
  • CSS, 10 Years After by Bert Bos (W3C)
  • Ensuring Accessibility of the Developing Web by Michael Cooper (W3C)
  • Enriching the Web Application Model? by Arun Ranganathan (AOL)
  • Panel (with speakers and Steph Troeth (WaSP/CloudRaker))
    The Future of the Web Page

Technological progress of the past 15 years has helped the World Wide Web get closer to its original vision of a rich information space based on hyperlinking: a Web of data for humans and machines, enabling powerful applications and services. What about the Web Page? It is still the basic model of most of the Web today? Will these advances obsolete it, enrich it, or mutate it? This session gathers experts from various fields and technologies to reflect on and discuss its future.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Advances in Semantic Web (10:30am-noon)

Session Chair: Ivan Herman (W3C)

  • Rule Interchange Format Work Report by Sandro Hawke (W3C)
  • Bootstrapping the Semantic Web with GRDDL, Microformats, and RDFa by Harry Halpin (U. of Edinburgh) and Fabien Gandon (INRIA)
  • Harnessing the Semantic Web to Answer Scientific Questions; A HCLS IG Demo by Susie Stephens (Eli Lilly) and Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons)

This session shows three different aspects of the Semantic Web activity at W3C. The RIF presentation gives an overview of one of the developments for the ground Semantic Web infrastructure. The GRDDL and RDFa talk concentrates on technologies whose primary goal is to outreach to other technologies and communities. Finally, an example will show how a large user community uses this technology to solve its own research and development problems.

Security and Usability on the Web (1:30pm-3:00pm)

Session Chair: Thomas Roessler (W3C)

  • Moving User-Centered Security from Grand Challenge to Standards Work by Mary Ellen Zurko (IBM)
  • Usability Design and Testing for Security by Rachna Dhamija (CommerceNet)
  • Design by Crowds: User Experience Design and Testing with Open Source Projects by Mike Beltzner (Mozilla)

Security on the Web extends beyond technology: often, users' decisions are what matters. The session will explore what technology can (or can't!) do to support users making these decisions, how to design security interfaces, and what all that means for standardization.

Web of Services for Enterprise Computing (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Session Chair: Philippe Le Hegaret (W3C)

  • Report from the Web of Services for Enterprise Computing Workshop by Philippe Le Hegaret (W3C)
  • Why Should We Care About the Web Services Description Language 2.0? by Philippe Le Hegaret (W3C)
  • Web Services Policy Language by Charlton Barreto (Adobe)
  • Semantic Annotations for WSDL by Jacek Kopecksy (DERI Innsbruck) and Amit Sheth (Wright State University)

W3C has been working on the Core part of Web Services for the past few years. This session presents 3 of the latest developments: WSDL 2.0, the Web Services Description Language for SOAP based and HTTP-only services, WS-Policy 1.5, a general purpose languages to describe the policies of Web Services, and SAWSDL 1.0 to allow the description of additional semantics of WSDL components. Each presentation will include an introduction to the specifications as well as implementation reports/demonstrations. The session will also include a report on the W3C workshop on the Web of Services for Enterprise Computing, looking at the future of Services on the Web.

Friday, May 11, 2007

A Multimodal Web to Expand Universal Access (10:30am-noon)

Session Chair: Kazuyuki Ashimura (W3C)

  • How to Author Multimodal Web Applications by Kazuyuki Ashimura (W3C)
  • State Chart XML: the Core Component for Multimodal Web Applications by Rafah Hosn (IBM)
  • Voice on the Web: Input/Output Modality Challenges by Jerry Carter (Nuance Communications)

Web applications can be developed using a variety of document formats, including (X)HTML, SVG, SMIL, VoiceXML, etc. The Multimodal Interaction Working Group is tackling the MMI architecture and the EMMA markup language with a great deal of energy and considering how to combine various specifications to author concrete multimodal Web applications.

Architectural Integration (1:30pm-3:00pm)

Session Chair: Steven Pemberton (W3C)

  • The W3C Rich Web Application Backplane by John Boyer (IBM)
  • XML Application Components and Controllers by Rafah Hosn (IBM)
  • xH: A Standards-based Web Application Programming Language by Mark Birbeck (x-port.net)

If you want to combine markup from different namespaces together into a cohesive document, it is good if they all agree on core semantics such as events, submission, and data storage, thus forming a unified architecture for applications. These talks present ongoing work to define such semantics, and demonstrate them in use.

Query, Interchange and Access with XML! (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Session Chair: Liam Quin (W3C)

  • Schema Support in XQuery to Help Developers by Mary Holstege (MarkLogic)
  • XSL-FO, the XSL Formatting Language by Liam Quin (W3C)
  • Cancelled: Efficient XML Interchange by Mike Cokus (MITRE)

XML remains the representation of choice for interchanging structured information all over the planet. Hear about some of the active areas of development in XML today, and how XML is being used in Web applications, in print, in interactive content, and even in mobile phones.