trip report from the eighth World Wide Web conference
in toronto, canada
second day (thu 13-may-1999)
keynote speaker greg papadopoulos, chief technology officer, Sun
instead of sending data around, send objects.
no more need for device drivers, send an object that allows communication.
example: a webphone wants to print a page. it asks for a print service on the
net, the printer sends the object required to talk to the printer to the
webphone which uses this object to actually print the page.
evolution: disk oriented - net-centric - object oriented
- home = office = consumer (business life and home life
- voice network = data network
- Intranet = Extranet = Internet (firewalls and private
LANs disappear, protection at application level)
- a few big service providers will dominate
- software as a product is replaced by many application providers
- meta service providers will intermediate most interactions (e-commerce
- the net goes fractal (the action will be in little services)
- we'll discover we built the wrong network
- most of the communication will be computers talking to one another via
objects (but we won't have a clue what they are saying)
- amazingly, it will all actually work
panel session about successful web design:
there was a crowed of maybe 60 to 80 people. some speakers questioned if
professional designers actually help to improve the success of a website. it
has to be the right guy with the right attitude in the right place. i strongly
agree with that point of view. one person suggested that authors of web pages
and web-based applications should go ahead and do it the way they think it
should be done. there is always a risk to fail, but many successful websites
started as a midnight hack and grew popular, because they did just what people
wanted. at the end of the discussion, the list below was compiled but did not
necessarily reflect everybody's point of view:
- need to integrate social dynamic into web design
- get a feel for what the users actually do
- don't be afraid to fail / don't underestimate
- establish goal/mission and evolve
- keep the back doors open
- successful design patterns are useful
- there is no one-size-fits all
- keep interface transparent
- value added
W3C: community contributions and participation:
trace file repository:
- the W3C will soon provide a repository of different trace files, such as
LOG-files from web servers, proxy servers, networks and clients. these files
may be used for research purposes.
open source software at W3C:
- the web started with free software: the CERN server and Mosaic
- why does the W3C make software ?
testbeds - early testing - demonstration - validators - converters
- why W3C releases software for free ?
lower development costs and reach a wider audience
- what is available:
- LibWWW: HTTP/1.1 implementation
- Amaya: web browser and authoring tool
- Jigsaw: Java based HTTP/1.1 web server
- Rpmfind: web based software distribution
- validators: HTML, CSS, RDF
- Tidy: HTML cleaning tool and converter
- Flute: a DOM 2 CSS object model implementation
- see open source page for the
most current versions
questions to and answers from the W3C:
- why does the consortium not comment on the compliance of the
browsers to the proposed standards ?
- it would involve too much work and would be politically difficult.
- why do the websites of the previous conferences always move or go
- the W3C will address that topic on the next meeting with the IW3C2.
many people complained about the quality of certain products from certain
vendors and wanted the W3C to express their concerns to the vendors. it seems
to me that the W3C felt this is not really their task and i agree with that.
- best poster: "WebPlaces: adding people to the web", plus two
- best presentation: "a query language for XML"
presented to richard stallmann of the GNU organization, who
expressed sever concerns about patents for software and asked citizens of
countries belonging to the european patent office to look at
invitation to WWW9 in may 2000 in amsterdam, nederlands:
multimedia presentation of the city of amsterdam, see
www9.org for details.
keynote speaker robert metcalfe, vice president technology, international
7 dangerous predictions:
- november 8, 1999 the Internet stock market will crumble
- Y2K will be no event (computers break so often, there is nothing special
- pretty soon drugstores will serve capuccino
- in 1999 the direct Internet access will take off
- the growth of the Internet will drop (the growth of hosts has dropped from
100% to 60% per year)
- open source will gona fizzle - Unix/Linux will never come close to Win-tel
- it will be something different we don't know yet
- a GIGA-laps of the Internet will occur in the year 2000
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