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The World Wice Web Consortium Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

http://www.w3.org/ -- 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.

The Web is 15; W3C is 10

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.

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

In October 1994, Berners-Lee, with help from the late Michael Dertouzos of
the MIT Laboratory for Computer
, 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
and its Patent

"W3C10" Program Looks Back, Looks Forward

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.

"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."

The event's emcee is Ethernet inventor and Internet pioneer Bob
. 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.

"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."

Sponsorship for W3C10 is International, Diverse

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 Net.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

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
(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 http://www.w3.org/


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