Modern Software Experience

2008-09-14

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World Wide Web What?

Tim-Berners Lee has announced the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation. A bit surprising perhaps, as we already have a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

mission

The mission of the Foundation is: 

  • to advance One Web that is free and open,
  • to expand the Web’s capability and robustness,
  • and to extend the Web’s benefits to all people on the plane

There is some real information in those three statements already. It is a stand against fragmentation into proprietary webs, a call for a better web, an the vision of bringing the web to everyone on Earth.

Three Programs

The mission of the World Wide Web Foundation is perhaps best explained by the goals for its three programs:

Web Science and Research Program

  • To study and understand how the web works in order to anticipate and ensure its future.
  • To research issues (such as privacy and security) that impact the billions of people that use the Web.
  • To understand how to make the Web stable and secure, and to mitigate threats and weaknesses.
  • To spearhead thought leadership in Web research and to educate future Web Scientists.

The already existing Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) is developing plans for this program.

Web Technology and Practice Program

  • To promote the development of technology and standards that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication.
  • To encourage the spread of technology that can be integrated and used alongside existing technology, ensuring the stable evolution of the Web.
  • To ensure that the technology enables anyone to use the Web from any device, anywhere.

Web for Society Program

  • To learn from people in socially or economically disadvantaged communities how the Web can better serve them.
  • To leverage the Web to empower people, especially in under-served populations, by lowering barriers to life-critical services.
  • To ensure the Web is accessible and useful to people, including people with disabilities, from different cultures, and language and literacy skills that span the range of the Earth’s population.

World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Foundation does not compete with the World Web Consortium. The two organisations are complementary. The W3C sets technical standards, the Web Foundation has social goals. The Web Foundation will use web standards, promote web standards and perhaps encourage the developments of web standards, but it is remains the W3C that sets them.

XHTML 1.0

When I first visited the site, the home page did not validate, but before I had finished writing this, that issue had already been corrected. The Web Foundation uses XHTML 1.0 Strict.

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