WWW8 Developer's Day Information
Last Update: 6 March
Developer's Day --
Parallel Track Descriptions
Web-based Distributed Computing
-- Room 703, 8:30AM - 5:00PM
(formerly Distributed Computing, CORBA/COM and HTTP-NG)
Track Chair: Ian Brackenbury, IBM
This track presents current experience with distributed computing
technologies applied to applications running over the world wide web.
Technologies such as Java grew up with the Web; others like CORBA
and Microsoft's COM+ have a different heritage but are being used to
create applications serving the Web. There will be presentations that
describe experience in using Java with CORBA and with COM+ as well
as other emerging distributed object technologies.
The emphasis is on objects communicating across the web using remote
method-call/procedure-call or messaging. Preference will be given to
proposals that describe experience with live customer applications.
- D2. XML, DOM and Related
Technologies -- Room 705, 8:30AM -- 5:00PM
Track Chairs: Jon Bosak, Sun
Lauren Wood, SoftQuad
Leading developments in XML, DOM, and other core technologies and
interfaces (XSL, XLink, Schemas, SAX, etc.)
XML and related standards -- most importantly the DOM API, but
also including XLink/XPointer, XML Schemas, and XSL -- constitute
the future syntactic infrastructure of the Web. This track
presents up-to-the-minute developments in Web-related technologies
based on these standards.
- D3. Databases,
Naming, Indexing, and Searching
-- Room 713A, 8:30AM -- 5:00PM
Track Chairs: Eric Miller, OCLC and Stu Weibel
OCLC Research Office
The W3C's Resource Description Framework plays an important role in
enabling a whole gamut of new metadata applications including
sitemaps, stream channel definitions, search engine data collection
(web crawling), digital library collections, and distributed
authoring. This track is designed to provide an overview of this
initiative and present new and exciting metadata applications
based on this initiative. Additionally, this track will provide the
opportunity for dialog with several individuals who participated
in the design of this initiative as well as a discussion of future
plans and goals.
- D4. Scalable Graphics
-- Room 713B, 8:30AM -- 5:00PM
Chris Lilley, W3C
Summary -- 'Scalable Graphics' is one of those obvious
missing pieces of the Web
which has now started to happen. With the release of the WebCGM profile
as a W3C Recommendation, and the initial drafts of the SVG namespace for
XML, the prospects for Open, vendor-neutral scalable graphics are
This session will examine the implementation issues arising from these
specifications, as previously high-end features such as antialiasing,
true transparency, image filtering and clipping, and color management
move into the mainstream and meet standard Web technologies such as XML,
XLink, CSS and XSL to produce the high quality hypergraphics of
One part of this track will be run jointly with the Style Sheets and
Formatting track, to cover style sheets applied to vector graphics.
Style Sheets and Formatting
-- Room 715A, 8:30AM -- 5:00PM
Opera Software A/S
Summary -- This track will present the latest developments in style sheets for HTML and XML
documents. Leading implementors will present how CSS is supported in their
products today, and how they expect to see style sheets functionality
extend in the future. The scope of this session includes
the relationship between formating in CSS and XSL, and
there will also be a session on test suites and how they
can help developers ensure interoperable style sheets implementatons.
One part of this track will be run jointly with the Graphics track,
to cover style sheets applied to vector graphics.
- D6. Accessibility: Software and
Design -- Room 715B, 8:30AM -- 5:00PM
Track Chair: Jutta Treviranus, University of Toronto
Summary -- Barrier Free design is a topic every developer will
be compelled to attend to, if not because of the market incentives or
the design advantages, then for legal reasons.
However, what constitutes barrier free access for emerging technologies or
evolving standards is not well defined. Although the general principles
of barrier free design are well documented, there is no systematic
prescriptive process in place for designing accessible leading edge
software. By necessity this is a ongoing participatory process.
This day long session will grapple with accessible design of emerging
web-based standards and software. Developers are encouraged to
present unsolved or partially solved access challenges for input or
discussion during the session. Presenters are invited to discuss
techniques that result in barrier free web-based products and case
studies of successful or unsuccessful development strategies or
business practices that are directed at barrier free design.
- D7. Web Scripting
Language Forum -- Room 717A, 8:30AM -- 12:00 NOON
Track Chair: Cameron Laird, Network Engineered Solutions
Summary -- How do language issues impact development of
Web applications, both on the client and the server?
How should language technologies be chosen for Web work? Have
server-side? Does your language process international character
Presentations in this session will address these and related
questions on the basis of development experiences and
prospects, with balanced attention to the costs and liabilities
of the technologies they employed.
The range of topics pertinent to this Forum is wide; other
- How do you alter/extend Web applications
- How central a role does/should data storage play
in Web applications?
- Should an organization use multiple (computer)
languages in constructing Web applications?
- How does uses of open-source languages compare to
- D8. Open Source
Software -- Room 717A, 1:30PM -- 5:00PM
Organizational co-chair: Brian Behlendorf,
O'Reilly and Associates/The Apache Group,
On-site co-chair: Cameron Laird,
Network Engineered Solutions.
Summary -- From the hype and press attention one might
think that Open Source
software will cure cancer and bring world peace. Well, not anytime
soon; but not only has the open-source approach to development
helped create a rich set of world-class applications for the Web,
it has also helped ensure
the interoperability of Web software through adherence to common, open
protocols. Thus, it's important to consider open-source approaches to
software development for any type of Web application. However, the OSS
approach is not without its limitations or pitfalls, both for
technological and for organizational reasons.
This day-long session will dive into the technical and operational
aspects of an Open Source approach to software development for the
Web. Project developers will give overviews and details of various
projects, both on the
Web client and Web server side; as well as discuss strategies for OSS
development that have worked, or not worked, for their development teams.
Centre for Adaptive and Academic Technology
University of Toronto
Last Update: 6 March 1999