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Master Class Cascading Style Sheets in Amsterdam

21 February 2006: W3C Benelux organizes a Master Class on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Location:Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam
Date:12 May 2006, 09:00-13:00h
Lecturer:Bert Bos (W3C)

See for programme and registration.

Tutorial XHTML 2 and XFORMS in Antwerp

4 August 2005: ISOC Belgium and W3C Benelux organize a tutorial on XHTML version 2, the proposed revision of XHTML, and XFORMS, the W3C standard for web forms.

LocationHuis van de Sport, Antwerp, Belgium
Date3 October 2005, 13:00-18:00h
LecturerSteven Pemberton (W3C, CWI Amsterdam)

See for more information and registration.

Tutorial on Semantic Web Technologies

4 January 2005: W3C Benelux and ISOC Belgium organize a seminar Tutorial on Semantic Web Technologies on 16 February 2005 in Antwerp. This seminar is the result of an agreement between W3C Benelux and ISOC Belgium and Netherlands with the purpose to disseminate on a non-profit basis the knowledge on new web technologies and applications in the Benelux.

Please consult the website of ISOC Belgium for more information.

Accessibility Festival

On 8 October 2004, the "Accessibility Festival" will take place in the Heineken Music Hall at the Arena Boulevard in Amsterdam.
The programme consists of inter alia panels with people from politics, business, ICT, accessibility experts, and disabled persons as well.
Items like sport, accessibility of parties and events, and of course, accessibility of internet, will be addressed.
For more information, see (Dutch)

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS): a one-day course on 26 September 2003

On 26 September 2003 a one-day tutorial will take place in CWI, Amsterdam organised by the W3C Benelux Office.
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W3C Semantic Tour in Brussels (24 June 2003)

On 24 June 2003 a W3C event will take place in Brussels organised by the W3C Benelux Office in the context of the "W3C Semantic Tour". A similar one-day event will also take place in other European cities on different dates.


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XSLT tutorial 8 november 2002 in Amsterdam (8 November 2002)

On 8 november 2002 Michael Sperberg-McQueen, W3C Architecture Domain Leader, will give a one-day tutorial on XSLT. This tutorial will take place in Amsterdam. This tutorial has been delayed till 2003.

"XML European Days 2002" in Brussels and Amsterdam (2 and 3 October 2002)

In the "XML European Days 2002" series, events will take place on 2 October 2002 in Brussels and on 3 October 2002 in Amsterdam. W3C Team members Ivan Herman and Steven Pemberton are keynote speakers.

W3C Interop Tour: Brussel (3 June 2002)

On 3 June 2002 a W3C event will take place in Brussels in the Diamant Conference and Business Centre organised by the Benelux W3C Office in the context of the "W3C Interop Tour". A similar event will also take place on different dates in other European capitals. Preliminary programme:

  • 09.00 Registration
  • 10.00 Welcom and Introduction - Head of the W3C Benelux Office - Frank Roos
  • 10.00 Introduction - Head Technologies and Engineering for Software, systems and Services (European Commission, Information Society DG, Directorate E) - Jacques Bus
  • 10.30 "Overview and Future of W3C" - Head of W3C European Operations - Daniel Dardailler
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.30 ""Interoperability of W3C XML Technologies" - Chair of W3C World Offices - Ivan Herman
  • 12.15 Discussion
  • 12.45 Lunch
  • 13.45 W3C Speaker - Michael Sperberg-McQueen
  • 14.30 W3C Member Speaker - Vincent Buller (BackStream)
  • 15.15 Tea Break
  • 15.45 Panel Discussion - Chaired by Frank Roos
  • 17.00 Close of Day by an EU official
Further details.

W3C NL/ Masterclass on SVG (28 March 2002)

The next Masterclass in cooperation with is scheduled for 28 March 2002. Ivan Herman, head of W3C Offices and expert on Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), will give a tutorial on SVG. Further details will follow soon.

W3C NL/ New Year Reception (16 January 2002)

The W3C Office in the Netherlands and organise a New Year reception on 16 January 2002 18.00 - 20.00. W3C Benelux members have free admission. The drinks follow an event organised by, which is free for W3C member representatives as well (become member of W3C!). All interested for the event and drinks are requested to register through

Masterclass on "SMIL" (5 November 2001)

The next W3C NL/ Masterclass will take place on 5 November 2001 in cooperation with MMM 2001 at CWI in Amsterdam. Lloyd Rutledge (CWI) will give a tutorial about "SMIL 2.0: Interactive Multimedia on the Web". SMIL 2.0 is the markup language specifying interactive multimedia for the Web, enabling you to make multimedia presentations (audio, video, text and synchronising image on the Web). Before entering into details of SMIL, speaker will give an overview of the necessary components of this language for hypermedia documents. Speaker made an important contribution to this "W3C recommendation". Register through sending an e-mail to Karen Weber of

"XML Days Europe" in Amsterdam (17 September 2001)

W3C supports in 2001 the annual "XML European Days". On 17 September 2001 the "XML Day" will take place in Amsterdam. The W3C Benelux Office will be present in a booth. Steven Pemberton (W3C/CWI) will give a keynote speech. W3C also participates in the "XML Days" in other countries in Europe.

Masterclass on the "Semantic Web" (27 June 2001)

"The Semantic Web is an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation." -- Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler, Ora Lassila, The Semantic Web

Facilities to put machine-understandable data on the Web are becoming a high priority for many communities. The Web can reach its full potential only if it becomes a place where data can be shared and processed by automated tools as well as by people. For the Web to scale, tomorrow's programs must be able to share and process data even when these programs have been designed totally independently. The Semantic Web is a vision: the idea of having data on the web defined and linked in a way that it can be used by machines not just for display purposes, but for automation, integration and reuse of data across various applications.<

Speakers: Charles McCathieNevile (W3C Team), Frank van Harmelen (Senior Lecturer, Free University Amsterdam). This tutorial is organised in co-operation with

Masterclass on XML Architectures (12 April 2001)

XML is now a well established recommendation, used by numerous companies, applications, and is also at the basis of all the new developments within the W3C. However, to make XML usable on the web, a number of other specifications are needed, for example, to embed XML specifications (namespaces), to include linking (XLink, XPointer), to transform XML information (XSLT), or to add style (XSL). The purpose of this course will be to give an overview of all those specification, to allow further developments based on XML.

Speakers: Ivan Herman (Head of W3C offices), Jeroen van Rotterdam (CTO and co-founder of X-Hive BV). This tutorial is organised in co-operation with

W3C Benelux Office present at kick-off event "Drempels Weg" (28 March 2001)

The W3C Benelux Office is present on 28 March 2001 in a booth at the kick-off event of the project "Drempels Weg", an initiative of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport for a better accessibility of the Internet for disabled people. Judy Brewer, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of W3C is also attending, giving a keynote speech and participating in the discussions.

Course on XHTML: The new HTML (23 November 2000)

HTML is one of the world's most successful data formats. As the web moves to XML formats, HTML is moving too, and becoming an XML application. This has several ramifications: changes in syntax, changes in emphasis between data structuring and presentation, and new functionality, such as for events and forms.

XHTML 1.0 was released in January 2000, and is a transition version: if you follow certain guidelines XHTML 1.0 documents will work on both old browsers and browsers built for XHTML. Now several new recommendations are close to release: XHTML Modularisation allows you to mix and match different modules from XHTML and add your own; XHTML 1.1 is a refined version of XHTML 1.0, and XHTML Basic is a version designed for small devices. Work is proceeding on XHTML 2.0.

This course will introduce XHTML, its syntax and semantics, and show how the different parts fit together.

Course on SMIL and SVG (17 October 2000)

SMIL 1.0 is a W3C recommendation, approved in June 1998 and now a strong presence on the Web, which provides a vendor-independent, declarative language for hypermedia presentations on the Web. With at least three players currently available, and with more and more presentations being posted on the Web, SMIL promises to do for interactive multimedia what HTML did for hypertext: bring it into every living room with an easy-to-author, readily implementable format and easily accessible players for it. Its official specification is available at

Version 2.0 of SMIL is nearing completion and is expected to be released by the W3C in the coming months. The specification document is 10 times the size of SMIL 1.0, offering many new, rich features and constructs. SMIL 2.0 also has the backing of major industrial players, such as Microsoft, RealNetworks and Macromedia.

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is an exciting new development in W3C to define vector graphics and simple image transformation in XML terms. The SVG specification allows web page designers to add graphics to their web page directly, without using images. This saves bandwidth, but also ensures that the images will appear properly scaled on various devices. The specification of SVG is will be backed up by a browser plug-in from Adobe, which means that clients will be able to browse web pages with included SVG figures easily.

Lecturers were: F.R.A. Hopgood (W3C) for SVG, and L. Rutledge (CWI) for SMIL.

The slides of the course are available at: