Proposal for WWW9 workshop about "the Web and Mobility"

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WWW 9 Workshop on

Information Design for Mobile Web Services

Scope of the Workshop

This workshop will concentrate on the design of the information set which will be presented to the user on the mobile device. The restrictions of the mobile device are very different from what web users and authors are used to. However, new services, for instance those based on position-dependent information, also become possible. We need to investigate the new rules that the restrictions and possibilites of the mobile environment imposes on us.

This means that experiences from both the existing WAP and pre-WAP services, as well as experimental systems implementing mobile web and information access, are of interest. Issues of information scalability, i.e. formatting aspects such as style sheets, cross-presentation such as aural and visual, and content management such as reformulation, personalisation, and conditional access, are of interest.

Subject to the position papers received, the following topics will be covered:

Workshop Agenda


Since the inception of the WAP Forum in 1997 and the W3C workshop on mobile devices in April 1998, interest has steadily risen for mobile web access. Autumn 1999 saw the first WAP devices being deployed. In the telecom industry, UMTS and IMT2000 have been buzzwords for new bearer channels for several years. Broadband bearers that enable multimedia communications is actually on the verge of being deployed in several countries, and user trials have been conducted in others. The technology for allowing the device access to the information has been developed and is in the process of being standardized. The technology for delivering web content to the mobile device is well understood, wether it be WAP, iMode or any of a variety of TCP/IP based technologies.

While the presentation of information on handheld devices is standardized, its effects and the results in the hands of the users are not clear. The convergence underway between the technologies developed by the WAP Forum and W3C points the way to the future development in this area, but to create and deploy services that use the converged technologies we need to properly we need to understand the user requirements.

What we do not know today is how the user reacts to services which are intended to be accessed with a mobile device, in particular where these services are also available in the traditional web, and how to tailor the information to create an optimal user experience.

Expected audience

We expect several groups to contribute to the workshop:

Please tell us if you have any special needs, such as a sign language interpreter, so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

Participation criteria

For participation, a position paper from each organization is required. Outside of the submission of position papers and subject to any requirements from the conference arranger, no particular requirements for participation apply.

Position Papers

Position papers are the basis for the discussion at the workshop. A position paper is usually short, around 1 to 4 pages (there is a maximum of five pages, or 27000 characters) and summarizes:

Position papers will be published in the online proceedings of the workshop, so position papers and slides of presentations must be available for public dissemination. Submitting a position paper comprises a default recognition of these terms for publication. 

The Organizer will ask the authors of particularly salient position papers to explicitly present their position at the workshop to foster discussion. In this case, the authors are also required to create a presentation for the workshop, and to make the slides of the presentation available on the workshop web site.


This workshop is organized by Johan Hjelm, Ericsson visiting engineer to the W3C, with some assistance from the W3C Team. Johan can be reached on email, <>. If needed, a programme committee will be organized by members from the WAP Forum and W3C Mobile Access Interest Group.


A web page with submitted position papers will be maintained, linked from this page, when submissions start to arrive.


A preliminary programme will be published as position papers arrive. This will be further updated as time progresses.

The last quarter of the workshop will be a joint session with the Universal Accessibility to the Web workshop.

Johan Hjelm, W3C/Ericsson, <>