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Reflections on WWW2005: Auricle Interview On 23 May 2005

Podcast - Reflections on WWW2005

On 23 May 2005 Brian Kelly was interviewed by Derek Morisson for a Auricle podcast on the subject of "Reflections on WWW2005".

In the Podcast described in the Auricle Blog Brian Kelly was interviewed by Derek Morrison, head of CDNTL at the University of Bath.
Auricle Blog entry: <http://www.bath.ac.uk/dacs/cdntl/pMachine/morriblog_comments.php?id=P440_0_4_0>
Auricle Podcast summary: <http://www.bath.ac.uk/e-learning/Download/podcasts/auriclepodcasts.xml>
MP3 File: <http://www.bath.ac.uk/e-learning/download/podcasts/20050523-brian-kelly.mp3>
In this 17 minute Podcast Brian Kelly gave a report on his recent trip to the 14th World Wide Web conference. The planned structure of the interview is given below (note that this does not necessarily reflect the interview which was carried out).
What were you doing in Japan?
Attending the 14th International WWW conference and speaking at an accompanying workshop on Engineering Accessible Design.
Tell me about your paper
The paper on Forcing Standardization or Accommodating Diversity? A Framework for Applying the WCAG in the Real World builds on work in elearning & accessibility (with TechDis and Elaine Swift, CDNTL). The paperr decsribes some of the limitations of the WAI guidelines and describes an alternative approach.
Tell me about Tim Berners-Lee's keynote
Tim gave the opening keynote talk. Tim highlighted some of the dangers faced by users of networked sevices (spamming, security infrigments, privacy concerns, etc. In addition Tim announced the launch of the Mobile Web Initiative. This has the goal of making mobile Web content development and access as seamless, uncomplicated and reliable as desktop/laptop Web access.
What were your impressions of the conference itself
This year several of the sessions expressed concerns over complexity of today's Web infrastructure:
  • Web Services specs are large and complex
  • Uncertainty as to how we get users to make use of the Semantic Web
How has the community responded?
A number of alternative approaches are being developed (typically by the grass roots development community rather than from within W3C:
  • Grass-roots appeal of standards such as RSS
  • Development of the 'lowercase semantic web' and 'microformats' providing semantics though, for example, use of <span>s and <div>s and <a href="..." rel="structured relationship"> in XHTML.
Tell me about the infrastructure at the conference
Pervasive WiFi and broadband, not only in conference venue but also free broadband in hotel. Interestingly there very few (if any) PCs availabkle for general use in the conference venue - you had to bring your own. People were Blogging and Podcasting talks at the conference - for example see Blogging workshop and the WWW 2005 Podcast. (Note that at the WWW 2005 conference delegates were clearly very keen on using networked computers during the conference. However at less techie events there would be issues about disruption, equality of access, privacy, copyright, etc. that would need to be addressed.)
Next year:
WWW 2006 will be held in Edinburgh next May. Opportunity for greater involvement by the UK HE community.
Technical Details
In the interview Brian Kelly and Derek Morrison both used the Skype Internet telephony application. Brian and Derek were both in their offices, located in Wessex House, University of Bath. Derek used the open source Audacity application for recording, editing and processing the sound file.