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W3C starts gospel tour of Europe

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) began its European tour in Paris yesterday, to spread its "gospel" of interoperability.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) began its European tour in Paris yesterday, to spread its "gospel" of interoperability.

"This tour is a reminder," said Marie-Claire Forgue, spokeswoman for W3C in Europe. "We are fighting for interoperability so the Web does not divide and is not taken over by giant companies that want to control the Web."

Other events in the European Commission-sponsored tour are planned for Vienna, Dublin and Brussels. W3C team members, accompanied by local guest speakers, talk about W3C specifications, such as XML (Extensible Markup Language) and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), and their uses.

The W3C, which now has around 500 member organisations worldwide, was founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee to develop common protocols that promote the evolution and ensure interoperability of the World Wide Web. W3C has developed more than 40 technical specifications for the Web's infrastructure.

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