Challenges for the Web: Universality and Scalability

  • Jean-François Abramatic
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1696)


The Web is becoming the universal information space that was envisioned by its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee. To reach its full potential, the Web needs to face two major challenges: Universality and Scalability. Universality means that anybody should be able to access and publish information on the Web. Therefore, the Web should take into account the vast differences in culture, education, ability, material resources, and physical limitations of users on all continents. Scalability means that while millions of services are deployed on theWeb, the infrastructure should be able to ensure that performance, trust and relevance keep developing.

The talk will present achievements and work in progress at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that address the challenges facing the Web.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-François Abramatic
    • 1
  1. 1.INRIA RocquencourtLe ChesnayFrance

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