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World Wide Web Consortium to Hold its First Outreach Event in Mainland China

  • 23 October, 2003 16:07

<p>Following on the heels of the launch of its Spanish office on Monday,
W3C announces its first outreach event to be held in Mainland China,
organized by the W3C Office in Hong Kong. Two days of technical
information and tutorials take place in Beijing in November. For more
information on the event or W3C, contact Janet Daly, Head of
Communications <janet> +1 617 253 5884.</janet></p>
<p>World Wide Web Consortium to Hold its First Outreach Event in Mainland China</p>
<p>China International Forum on WWW's Development 2003 brings together W3C
Technologists and Chinese Technical Leaders</p>
<p>Contact Americas, Australia --
Janet Daly, <janet>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613
Contact Europe --
Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf>, +33.492.38.75.94
Contact Asia --
Yasuyuki Hirakawa <chibao>, +81.466.49.1170</chibao></mcf></janet></p>
<p>Press release available on the Web in five languages:</p>
<p>Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional
<p>W3C Offices Homepage</p>
<p>W3C Hong Kong Office Homepage</p>
<p> -- 23 October 2003 -- W3C announces its first event
organized in mainland China. The China International Forum on WWW's
Development 2003 will be held on 12-13 November 2003 in Beijing. The
event is co-organized by the China Computer Federation and the W3C
Office in Hong Kong.</p>
<p>The program for 12 November includes the following presenters and
general topics:</p>
<p>* Dr. Ivan Herman, W3C Head of W3C Offices: "General W3C Overview"
and "Overview of the Semantic Web"
* Dr. Philipp Hoschka, W3C Deputy Director for Europe and
Interaction Domain Leader: "Mobile Web"
* Dr. Richard Ishida, W3C Architecture Team: "Keeping the Web
Together Around the World"
* Prof. Shi Zhongzhi, Secretary-General of the China Computer
Federation: "Intelligent Web"
* Ms. Judy Brewer, W3C WAI Domain Leader: "Web Accessibility
<p>The program for 13 November brings W3C Technical staff for a series of
tutorials, featuring:</p>
<p>* Future Web Interfaces, by Dr. Philipp Hoschka
* Internationalization, by Dr. Richard Ishida
* Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), by Dr. Ivan Herman
* Web Accessibility, by Matthew May</p>
<p>In addition to the presentations and tutorials, there will be a panel
discussion on W3C in China, involving W3C team members and local
experts. Forum participants will be invited to ask questions and
challenge the speakers at the panel discussion.</p>
<p>Web Development in China</p>
<p>China has more than 45 million Internet users and the number is still
growing. Chinese is the second most widely used language (behind
English) on the Web. Cultural and language differences increase the
necessity to pay attention to how the Web grows so that more people can
access the Web easily, and so that user agents can render and search
Chinese Web pages correctly with a variety of devices.</p>
<p>"The differences in knowledge levels, languages, consumers and
producers, etc., have created information asymmetry which hinders
international information exchange," says Professor Shi Zhongzhi.</p>
<p>Many international companies have set up research and development
laboratories in China to work on Web-related technologies. However, the
Web community at large needs more input from Chinese public users,
academia and local industry, who depend on the Web in their daily
<p>"In view of the growing Web usage, especially growth in China, the
Chinese people must participate more actively in the development of Web
technologies," says Prof. Vincent Shen, Manager of the W3C Hong Kong Office.</p>
<p>This forum will give W3C and Web users in China a chance to understand
each other's goals and concerns. W3C would like to see the Web grow in a
direction where real needs from Chinese users are properly addressed.
W3C also welcomes participation of Chinese experts in its Working Groups
and Activities. W3C looks forward to building ties with the Chinese Web
<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 (MIT
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. To date, nearly 400 organizations are Members of the
Consortium. For more information see</p>

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