UKOLN Seminar at Edinburgh University - 22 February 1999

The Development of Web Standards

Brian Kelly gave a seminar on The Development of Web Standards at Edinburgh University on 22 February 1999.

The seminar took place at 2.30 pm in the Main Library and lasted for 1 hour.

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The web was initially developed based on three architectural components: transport (which was provided by HTTP), addressing (provided by URLs) and data formats (provided by HTML). As the web grew, limitations in the original architecture became apparent. This talk gives an overview of the development of new web standards, including XML, HTTP/NG and URNs, and describes the development of a new architectural component: metadata. Techniques for deploying new technologies are given.

Target Audience

The seminar was aimed at web developers who have an interest in architectural developments on the Web.