Media praise for Fourth International WWW Conference Proceedings

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"Between December 11 and 14th, 1995, some of the brightest academic researchers and leading lights in the computer industry presented position papers on their vision of where the Internet and World Wide Web are headed.

"This is a collection of nearly 60 technical papers presented to that Fourth International World Wide Web Conference.

"I heartily applaud the sponsors and the publisher for having the courage to present a book of this scope for regular distribution rather than a limited publication aimed solely at academia.

"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is led by Tim Berners-Lee -- the original luminary of the WWW. The 100 plus member organization is focused on maintaining open access to Web information and this publication is just one of it's accomplishments. Developing common protocols and reference codes for the evolution of the WWW is their main goal.

"Savvy Webmasters will latch on to this book and read it cover to cover. Concepts presented here are definitely the future of the Web and many of the ideas will undoubtedly become commercial products. The reader isn't going to whip between the covers like a comic book, but will probably decide to read sections at a time that pique a certain interest or requirement.

"Topics of universal interest include scaleable and secure cash payments, authoring tools, information agents, smart tokens and security, search engines, wide area training and education. Nearly every aspect of Web technology is touched upon in at least one presentation. URL (Universal Resource Locators) are provided to the authors and their institutions for additional information and contacts.

"The two additional papers from Regional Conferences are of equal caliber and scope to those presented at the W3C Conference and worthy of inclusion.

"By their very nature, technical papers must be explicit in their detail. However, once one gets beyond the title, the rewards are plentiful. For example: 'An Intelligent Human-Computer Interface for Asynchronous Wide Area Training and Teaching' is about CyberProf; a tool to grade, create and present educational course material.

"There will be additional Journals published in April, July and October. A form is included to subscribe to future issues. The benefits associated with this method of keeping up with what's happening gets my high recommendation.

"If this is the first Technical Journal you've read, you will not find it dry and boring. The concepts are exciting, and the presentations lively. Hardened conference attendees will appreciate the layout.

"This book is proof that the dollars we expend on our universities return big dividends that ultimately will be enjoyed by all who use the World Wide Web."

-- Roger Harmston, associate editor, rogerh@dynamis.bc.ca


"I usually only review periodicals after reading a year's worth of issues, but the first issue of World Wide Web Journal looks more like a book than a journal (and it has both an ISBN and an ISSN). Also, the journal is a quarterly, but the first issue consists of the proceedings of an annual conference (the Fourth International World Wide Web Conference, held in Boston in December 1995), so the next three issues may be rather different.

"Issue one of the World Wide Web Journal contains fifty nine papers, fifty-seven from the conference mentioned and two from regional conferences. The range of topics covered is immense. To list just a few (in no particular order): why the GIF and JPEG formats aren't good enough for really high quality graphics; low level security in Java; the results from the 3rd WWW Survey; an analysis of Metacrawler use; caching systems; a filtering system to provide restricted access to the Web; a PGP/CCI system for Web security; the Millicent system for financial transactions involving small sums; smart tokens; and better support for real-time video and audio. There are also several papers on the use of the Web in education, on cooperative authoring tools, on Web interfaces to various database and software systems, and a whole pile of other things.

"Though none of them assume specialised knowledge, the papers are mostly technical presentations of new ideas for systems and protocols: not everyone who runs a Web server or authors HTML will find them of interest. But anyone interested in the future of Web technology -- either because they are involved in its development or out of curiosity -- should find enough in the World Wide Web Journal to make it worth seeking out a copy." -- Disclaimer: I requested and received a review copy of Issue One of the
World Wide Web Journal from O'Reilly & Associates, but I have no stake, financial or otherwise, in its success. -- ------------------------------------------------ Copyright (c) 1996 Danny Yee (danny@cs.su.oz.au) http://www.anatomy.su.oz.au/danny/book-reviews/ ------------------------------------------------