SAR wins battle for WWW meeting

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 12:00am


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Hong Kong has won the bid to host the prestigious 10th international World-Wide Web conference in May 2001.

About 2,000 researchers, software developers and policymakers are expected to attend the conference, organised by a Geneva-based committee affiliated with the W3C - the body that oversees standards and software for using the Web.

The WWW meeting focuses more on the research side of the Web, compared to the annual Internet Society conferences, where regulatory issues such as taxation, pornography and domain names have dominated.

Decisions on technical standards affecting e-commerce and Web-surfing have come out of past conferences, which have been held in Toronto, Santa Clara and Brisbane, among other locations.

Technical standards such as wireless application protocol, designed to promote faster Web-surfing via mobile handheld devices, are expected to be the focus of debate at this year's conference, to be held in Amsterdam.