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Re: [Announcement] Future of Libwww Survey

From: Timothee Besset <ttimo@idsoftware.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 11:22:57 +0200
To: jose.kahan@w3.org
Cc: www-lib@w3.org
Message-Id: <20030902112257.03b08dd8.ttimo@idsoftware.com>

That page
[5] http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/1/libwww/
doesn't load in mozilla atm



On Tue, 2 Sep 2003 10:52:22 +0200
Jose Kahan <jose.kahan@w3.org> wrote:

> Folks,
> W3C has stopped work on Libwww [1] and invites the libwww user community to
> participate in a Future of Libwww Survey [2] that will help to determine 
> its future. Libwww is a free, highly modular client side Web API written 
> in C for Unix and Windows. A public W3C account is required to
> complete the survey [3].
> Read more about W3C Open Source/Free software [4].
> The full text of the announcement is included here below.
> [1] http://www.w3.org/Library/
> [2] http://www.w3.org/Library/Survey2
> [3] http://cgi.w3.org/MemberAccess/Public
> [4] http://www.w3.org/Status
> -jose
> ----------------- FULL ANNOUNCEMENT ----------
> Future of Libwww Survey
>     --------------------------------------------------------------
>     Due to lack of resources, the World Wide Web Consortium is unable to
>     continue the development and support of libwww[3]. The purpose of this
>     message is to get more information from the existing libwww user
>     community to know what steps should be taken next.
>     Libwww is a highly modular, general-purpose client side Web API written
>     in C for Unix and Windows (Win32). It's well suited for both small and
>     large applications, like browser/editors, robots, batch tools, etc.
>     Pluggable modules provided with libwww include a complete HTTP/1.1
>     implementation (with caching, pipelining, PUT, POST, Digest
>     Authentication, deflate, etc), MySQL logging, FTP, HTML/4, XML (expat),
>     RDF (SiRPAC), WebDAV, and much more. The purpose of libwww is to serve as
>     a testbed for protocol experiments.
>     Development of libwww goes back to 1991. Inside W3C, it had a major role
>     within the HTTP Working Group. More recently, it is being used by the
>     Amaya editor and browser. There are other HTTP libraries developed by
>     other people. However, libwww is the only library that has a full
>     implementation of the HTTP specification, including caching and
>     pipelining.
>     In order to evaluate whether there are enough people willing to continue
>     working on libwww or if the project should be stopped, we would
>     appreciate your taking some time to answer a survey on "The Future of
>     libwww". We're conducting this survey in order to get a better idea of
>     what are libwww's limitations, where new developments/effort should be
>     invested, and how many people are actively using it.
>     We have prepared a public on-line WBS[4] survey at
>     http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/1/libwww/[5]. Having an on-line survey
>     allows us to compile the results on-the-fly. If you have never answered a
>     W3C public WBS questionnaire before, you will first need to request a W3C
>     Public Account[6]. Sorry for this inconvenience.
>     The survey is open from September 2 up to September 30, 2003. Individual
>     answers will be kept confidential. Overall results will be made available
>     on this page and they will also be posted to the regular libwww mailing
>     list.
>     Thanks for your comments and views!
>     N.B. This survey doesn't mean that W3C plans to invest more resources on
>     libwww or its further development. We expect this effort to come from the
>     open source community.
>     --------------------------------------------------------------
>     Jose Kahan
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> List of References
> Document's URL:  http://www.w3.org/Library/Survey2.html
> [4] http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/1/
> [5] http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/1/libwww/
> [6] http://cgi.w3.org/MemberAccess/Public
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