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W3C, Wireless Application Protocol Forum Form Relationship

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum this week announced a formal liaison relationship.

The new relationship will allow them to define "next-generation Web specifications that support the full participation of wireless devices" on the Web. The two organizations are working together to create a common process for producing next-generation, XML-based Web specifications, defining testing and implementation processes, and promoting these specifications.

The W3C is widely known for developing open, interoperable specifications that "reinforce and extend the scalability, robustness and capability of the Web as a universal communications medium." WAP is the standard for providing Internet connectivity on digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and other wireless devices. Through this new relationship, the two groups will enable wireless devices to participate as full peers on the Web through the integration of WAP's Wireless Markup Language (WML) features with the W3C's XHTML, their next generation markup language.

The WAP/W3C coordination committee is scheduled to meet on a regular basis in order to maintain consistency between the specifications of the two groups, promote common specifications, and enable cooperation between the two working groups. Items to be discussed include the joint work on XHTML, compatibility with SMIL, (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language), user privacy information, and CC/PP, a universal device profiling protocol that is based on the W3C's RDF Metadata technology.

Looking ahead, the two organizations will coordinate on the future development of XML applications and in content adaptation through the use of vector graphics and style sheets.