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News Release: W3C Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

  • 30 November, 2004 16:10

<p>This year, the World Wide Web Consortium
celebrates its tenth anniversary -- ten years of
its mission to lead the Web to its full
potential. On 1 December, W3C Members, Team,
invited speakers, and international media will
gather in Boston, USA to reflect on the progress
of the Web, W3C's central role in its growth, the
risks and opportunities facing the Web during
W3C's second decade. "This special anniversary
brings the opportunity to acknowledge the impact
of the Web and the W3C's stewardship role," said
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "I hope it will
also inspire ever more collaboration, creativity,
and understanding across the globe."</p>
<p>For more information, please contact Janet Daly,
W3C Global Communications Officer, at
+1.617.253.5884 ( or contact the W3C
Communications representative in your region,
listed at the bottom of this email.</p>
<p>W3C Celebrates Tenth Anniversary</p>
<p>All-day event brings together technical leaders
and luminaries to reflect on past, inspire the
<p>Web Resources:</p>
<p>This press release:
In English:
In French:
In Japanese:</p>
<p>W3C Tenth Anniversary Celebration:</p>
<p> -- 30 November 2004 -- The
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is marking its
tenth anniversary with a day-long symposium on 1
December at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston,
Massachusetts. W3C10 brings together Web and
Internet technical leaders from around the globe
to both remember the W3C's origins and look to
the future of the Web and W3C's role in it.</p>
<p>The Web is 15; W3C is 10</p>
<p>In March of 1989 while employed at CERN
(l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche
Nucléaire), Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal that
would become the basis for the World Wide Web.
With approval from his supervisor, the late Mike
Sendall, and support from colleagues including
Robert Cailliau, Berners-Lee's invention grew
from one server at CERN (1990), to millions and
millions of servers today.</p>
<p>Yet even in those early days, Berners-Lee saw the
potential for tremendous growth predicated on key
features: openness of technologies, and
agreed-upon standards and protocols. CERN agreed
to make Tim's code available to all free of
charge, but who would ensure that standards and
protocols would be developed, disseminated and
used, ensuring one Web for all users rather than
<p>In October 1994, Berners-Lee, with help from the
late Michael Dertouzos of the MIT Laboratory for
Computer Science, founded the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C). Its earliest stated mission was
to "Lead the Web to Its Full Potential." It has
done so in at least two distinct ways. First, W3C
has developed technical recommendations that
industry embraces as Web standards such as
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style
Sheets (CSS), and Extensible Markup Language
(XML), the last of which has given rise to new
graphics and multimedia formats (SVG and SMIL) as
well as applications for mobile devices, such as
VoiceXML 2 and XHTML Basic. In addition to these
formatting standards, W3C serves as the
developmental center of the Semantic Web. The
second way that W3C has impacted the Web is
through the creation of policies and practices
that encourage the extended applicability and
growth of Web technologies to the broadest number
of people, including W3C's Web Accessibility
Initiative, its Internationalization Activity and
its Patent Policy.</p>
<p>"W3C10" Program Looks Back, Looks Forward</p>
<p>To celebrate its tenth anniversary, W3C is
organizing a one-day symposium on 1 December for
its Members and invited guests to reflect on the
impact of the Web, W3C's central role in its
growth, and risks and opportunities facing the
Web during W3C's second decade.</p>
<p>"This special anniversary brings the opportunity
to acknowledge the impact of the Web and the
W3C's stewardship role," said Tim Berners-Lee,
W3C's Director. "I hope it will also inspire ever
more collaboration, creativity, and understanding
across the globe."</p>
<p>The event's emcee is Ethernet inventor and
Internet pioneer Bob Metcalfe. The rich program
includes equal parts reflection and projection.
Sessions cover the early days of the Web and
W3C's emergence, through the commercial and
social impacts of the Web on the world we now
experience. Others look at the impact of the Web,
and of Web standards, with an eye towards new
frontiers for Web technical development, and
tensions that may require resolution.</p>
<p>"W3C10 is a celebration that brings together the
people who are pioneering, standardizing,
implementing and benefiting from Web
technologies," explained Steve Bratt, W3C Chief
Operating Officer. "We'll share stories from the
W3C's past and dreams for the future of Web
technology, making for a full and exciting day."</p>
<p>Sponsorship for W3C10 is International, Diverse</p>
<p>W3C10 enjoys generous sponsorship from both
Members and outside organizations including
Platinum sponsors MIT Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), HP,
and Microsoft Corporation; Gold sponsors Adobe
Systems, Amadeus e-Travel, BEA Systems, Google,
IBM, ILOG, and INRIA; and Silver sponsors
Billiotek srl, CERN, Digital Enterprise Research
Institute (DERI), IONA Technologies, Inc.,
Intervoice, Inc., Nokia, Sogei, and Uncover the
<p>About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]</p>
<p>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
(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. More than 350 organizations are
Members of W3C. To learn more, see</p>
<p>Contact Americas and Australia --
Janet Daly, <janet>, +1.617.253.5884
Contact Europe, Africa and Middle East --
Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf>, +33.492.38.75.94
Contact Asia --
Yasuyuki Hirakawa <chibao>, +81.466.49.1170</chibao></mcf></janet></p>

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