WWW2003 -- day two

by Edd Dumbill

Economic conditions notwithstanding, WWW2003 remains one of the
larger meetings focused on web technologies. Over 700 papers were
submitted to the conference, vetted by over 300 reviewers. Of these,
about 12% of the papers were accepted. The poster review committee
received over 200 posters. There are 800 participants from 57
countries.



I spent most of the day today following the W3C updates for XML and
Web Services. There weren't really any surprises in these sessions: I
suspect they're aimed more at newcomers than at those following the
development of these technologies day by day.



One talk that did contain something new to me was Hugo Haas'
summary of the W3C web services architecture Working Group. The
"WebArch" group's job is to try and place the acronym soup of web
services into an ordered context.



Hugo's href="http://www.w3.org/2003/Talks/0521-hh-wsa/">slides
contain a handy diagram giving an introduction to the concept of SOA, or href="http://www.w3.org/2003/Talks/0521-hh-wsa/slide5-0.html">Service
Oriented Architecture. SOA is rapidly emerging as the buzzword to
describe large web services-based architectures.



Although slides alone aren't always enough to get the full drift of
a talk, they certainly help. One good thing about the W3C track is
that all the talks are on the web, and the URI of the slides is
usually given out at the beginning. Together with pervasive wireless Internet it enables the audience to have the slides up close on their own computers. That's the upside of their
adherence to HTML as a presentation format, of course. The downside
is an incredibly klunky experience for the audience as slides often
don't fit on the screen, or presenters scramble for the "next" button.
Now OpenOffice.org can store presentations in XML, the W3C ought to
whip up some XSLT to transform to OpenOffice Presenter format: or better sitll author in OpenOffice and export to HTML. The
result will be much easier on the audience, and allow the W3C still to
use their HTML format for web purposes.



  • In my previous report I mentioned the href="http://www2003.xmlhack.com/">WWW2003 Community Coverage
    site, which I set up with Dave Beckett. Two days into the conference,
    I think it has proved its usefulness. Happily, usage hasn't been
    overwhelming, so most of the time useful information and context has
    been available during talks. Various people, including Tim
    Berners-Lee himself, have chipped in, often correcting or clarifying
    things the speakers have said.





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