WWW5 API Workshop -- Call for Participation

Call for Participation WWW5 Workshop (Paris, May 1996)

 Programming the Web -- in search for APIs

The call for participation can be found at URL


For your convenience, the text is included below.


Programming the Web - in search for APIs

The workshop focusses on
concepts and requirements for high-level API
suitable for developing Web-aware applications.
An explicit goal of the workshop is to publish
state of the art references to existing APIs.



Workshop Committee

The Chairman, and committee members contacts:

Anton Eliens (Chair)
Email: eliens@cs.vu.nl
Dept. of Math. and CS
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

David De Roure
Email: dder@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Department of Electronics & Computer Science,
University of Southampton,
Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Simon Dobson
Email: S.Dobson@rl.ac.uk
Computing and Information Systems
CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX, UK

The committee is assisted by:
Jacco van Ossenbruggen (VU, Amsterdam) jrvosse@cs.vu.nl
Bastiaan Schönhage  (VU, Amsterdam) bastaan@cs.vu.nl


There seems to be a trend towards replacing
monolithic general-purpose Web browsers
by more finely-tuned Web applications
enhanced with user-specific functionality,
such as for example applets that allow
for user-interaction or
the display of dynamic information.

This raises the issue of what support should be
provided for developing such applications.
This workshop intents to address these issues.
Topics include:
 * Web programming languages
 * components for developing Web applications
 * software libraries -- HTML/HTTP support
 * (object) composition mechanisms -- CORBA, OLE, ...
 * additional communication protocols -- broadcasting, ToolTalk, ...
 * agents -- mobile code, ...
To focus the discussion, we state that
"the language wars are over, the next war will
be an API war, or rather several of them."
In other words, as a result of the workshop, we like
to see (proposals for) high-level support
for Web-integrated applications.

We like the workshop to result in
 * the definition of requirements for high-level APIs
and frameworks for Web programming
 * the characterization of suitable components
for Web-aware applications,
 * an overview of existing APIs for the Web

Position papers

Position papers from 3-5 (HTML-2.0) pages addressing one of
the topics mentioned are welcomed.
Position papers proposing an API must include a
brief description of the API, its intended 
application domain and preferably 
an indication of practical experience.


Position papers must be submitted by email before friday 29 March 1996.
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 1996

Anton Eliens eliens@cs.vu.nl
4 March 1996