News Release: W3C Holds Workshop for Mobile Device Description Repository

W3C is holding a workshop to flesh out requirements and next steps  
for the development of a Mobile Device Description Repository, an  
effort to aid in the Mobile Web Initiative's goal of a One Web  
experience for all mobile devices. For more information, please  
contact Janet Daly <> at +1 617 253 5884.

W3C Holds Workshop for Mobile Device Description Repository

Working Group Seeks Input from Applications Developers, Database
Experts and Others to Influence Future Work

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W3C's Mobile Web Initiative (MWI)

Device Description Working Group

Call for Participation for Device Description Repository Workshop -- 18 May 2006 --W3C has issued a Call for  
Participation for its latest Workshop to discuss the design,  
implementation and intended use of a Device Description Repository  
(DDR) as part of its Mobile Web Initiative. The event, led by W3C's  
Device Description Working Group (DDWG) takes place in Madrid, Spain,  
on 12 - 13 July, and is hosted by Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo.

"The quality of the user experience on mobile Web-enabled devices can  
be improved by adapting to the delivery context, with emphasis on the  
diverse characteristics of such devices," explained Rotan Hanrahan,  
Chair of the DDWG and MobileAware representative. "Making this  
information ubiquitously and freely available to adaptation processes  
will be a significant milestone in the evolution of the Web."

Device Descriptions Are Key to Mobile Web Performance

With ever-increasing diversity of Web-enabled devices it is expected  
that content adaptation will play a significant role in the delivery  
of content. Mobile Web-enabled devices exhibit the greatest  
diversity, and therefore present the greatest challenge.

The successful adaptation of content to the capabilities of a device  
depends on reliable knowledge about the target device, and a clear  
understanding of the demands and requirements of applications. For  
example, the selection of columns of a table may depend on the  
physical width of the screen. If the knowledge is absent, adaptation  
prior to delivery cannot take place.

DDWG Looking to Identify Next Steps for Registry Requirements, Design

The DDWG has produced a set of Requirements for a Device Description  
Repository, but is looking to identify issues related to applications  
development, requirements of Web services applications, data access  
and caching.

This Workshop, which will bring the first charter of the DDWG to a  
conclusion, will examine the Requirements and identify the most  
appropriate design and implementation strategies.

Call for Participation Open, Deadline for Papers is 31 May

People and organizations who have a specific interest in the work of  
the DDWG and who wish to participate in the Workshop are invited to  
send statements of interest to the Workshop Committee. The email  
address for such statements is .  
Participants are encouraged to first read the full Call for  
Participation for more details.

Contact Americas, Australia --
     Janet Daly, <>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613
Contact Europe, Africa and the Middle East-
     Marie-Claire Forgue, <>, +33.492.38.75.94
Contact Asia --
     Yasuyuki Hirakawa <>, +81.466.49.1170

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by  
developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its  
interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly  
run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence  
Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium  
for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and  
Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium  
include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for  
developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications  
to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, over 400 organizations  
are Members of the Consortium. For more information see http://

Received on Thursday, 18 May 2006 14:00:58 UTC