First working draft of Web Characterization Terminology released!

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen (
Date: Wed, May 26 1999

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Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 13:44:46 -0400
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Subject: First working draft of Web Characterization Terminology   released!

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Web Characterization Terminology & Definitions Sheet

W3C Working Draft 24-May-1999

This version: 
Latest version: 
	Brian Lavoie <>,
	Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <> 


In characterizing the structure and content of the Web, it is necessary to
establish precise semantics for Web concepts. The Web has proceeded for a
surprisingly long time without consistent definitions for concepts which
have become part of the common vernacular, such as "Web site" or "Web
page". This can lead to a great deal of confusion when attempting to
develop, interpret, and compare Web metrics.

This document represents an effort on the part of the W3C Web
Characterization Activity to establish a shared understanding of key Web
concepts. The primary goal in preparing this document was to develop a
common interpretation for terminology related to Web characterization
research. However, it is hoped that the Web community at large will also
benefit from the enumeration and definition of important Web concepts.

Status of this document

This document is a working draft for review by W3C members and other
interested parties. It reflects rough consensus of the W3C Web
Characterization Activity Working Group. We do not claim the set of terms
defined in this Working Draft to be exhaustive nor (despite our efforts)
that all definitions are applicable in all situations. The purpose of this
Working Draft is to bring clarity to the terms often used when talking
about the Web as well as to encourage discussion of these and other terms.
It is expected that future changes will be elaborations on the concepts
contained in this document, rather than changes in the concepts themselves.
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Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
World Wide Web Consortium