Re: SMPTE Standardization of Declarative Content for Television

From: Michael A. Dolan (
Date: Fri, Mar 24 2000

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Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 07:33:25 -0800
To: "Tim Berners-Lee" <>
From: "Michael A. Dolan" <>
Cc: <>, <>, (SMPTE D27 DDE List)
Subject: Re: SMPTE Standardization of Declarative Content for Television


Thank you for your encouragement and guidance.  You have my personal 
assurance that the SMPTE group will do its best to work with W3C to meet 
the "consistency" goals you have outlined below.

We very much look forward to working together to achieve them.


         Mike Dolan - DIRECTV
         Chair, SMPTE AHG on Declarative Data Essence

At 08:12 PM 3/23/00 -0500, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
>It is great to see a move to bring together the ARIB, DVB, and ATSC.  I hope
>it is clear that when a TV is used for Internet access, standards have to be
>There clearly has to be a close working with the W3C HTML  working group,
>where others such as the existing web community and the mobile community can
>all coordinate their needs.  Hopefully we will see consistency in that:
>- any changes needed to XHTML itself will be made by working within the HTML
>working group. When many groups work concurrently on closely related
>specifications, it is not optimal to have a weak liaison.  Direct
>participation in the relevant group is much more effective than waiting to
>see what the group comes up with, and then giving one's feedback.
>- New XML namespaces will be used to introduce features which are
>device-dependent  such as new navigation elements for mobile phones or TV
>remote controls.  This will allow content to be repurposed more easily
>across devices, and allow independent evolution of different features.
>- There will be coordination of global television-specific features and of
>mobile device-specific features, but also cross-coordination as  often new
>features have a wider application than originally imagined.
>W3C standards especially in the user interface domain go through review by
>the Web Accessibility Initiative and the Internationalization activity.
>This or the equivalent would be a wise step also for extensions to HTML for
>device-specific use.
>I need hardly point out that web content is global.  It is not restricted to
>a particular phone or television network, or country.  Regional variations
>in web standards are quite unacceptable as they will undermine the
>fundamental principles of universality which make the Web what it is.  I am
>very glad to see the new moved for global coordination in this area. W3C
>will be happy to do what it can to make this work, as this is central to our
>Tim Berners-Lee
>Director, World Wide Web Consortium

Michael A. Dolan, Representing DIRECTV,  (619)445-9070
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