April 30, 2004 Participation in the W3C

Masashi Takahashi

Mitsue-Links has been registered as a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) member. Participation in the W3C has been a long-pending question, dream, and responsibility. All of our staff members are proud to be working with the current W3C members.

What is W3C?

Formed in October 1994, the W3C is an international organization that standardizes many Web related technologies. W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee is renowned as the inventor of the Web. The organization is jointly operated by three parties: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT/LCS), The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), and Keio University.

Our Responsibility

The launch of our Internet business coincided with the establishment of the W3C. In the ten years since then, there has been stronger demand for standards given needs for usability and accessibility, as well as visual styles for Web content.

While the data format used for transmitting information is changing from HTML to XML in order to achieve the implementation of the semantic Web, there is a need for carrying out more multifaceted technological development.

In this situation the Web standards developed by the W3C are a so-called bible, and it is impossible to continue to build a Web without them.

One of the reasons why Web standards do not have a greater profile in society is that companies that build websites do not fully understand their purposes. To put it strongly, there is indifference to them.

For our part, we will reflect on our past approach, ensure that we fully understand the principles of the W3C, and then participate in their activities. We will contribute to society by implementing outstanding technologies and by demonstrating the effects of the continued development of the Web.

Rest assured, our staff members strive to produce results.

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