Berners-Lee Issues a Call to Arms
W3C's Tim Berners-Lee challenges his colleagues not to get bogged down in arguments over existing specifications but to develop new ones while remaining focused on interoperability between standards.HONOLULU-- Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium, opened the 11th annual International World Wide Web Conference here on Wednesday by challenging his colleagues not to get bogged down in arguments over existing specifications but to move forward and develop new ones while remaining focused on interoperability between standards. "We have so many specifications now that one of the funny things Ive noticed is that we tend to forget the basic philosophy of how everything really depends on specs," he said. "Specifications are linked together, and we cannot afford to have people reinterpreting them. We need to build solid foundations on top of what we already have." Berners-Lee, who was addressing an audience of 900 attendees from 36 countries, emphasized that developers need to create specifications for the semantic Web and for Web services just as carefully as they did when working on protocols including ftp (File Transfer Protocol), dns (Domain Naming System), and SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol). The World Wide Web Conference often acts as a forum for members of the W3C to share and discuss their work.
As always, Berners-Lee congratulated his colleagues on their efforts to develop for the World Wide Web, which he fathered in 1989. And, he reminded them that there is still much work to be done.