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Sixth International World Wide Web Conference

Call for Developer's Day Participation

The organizing committee for the Sixth International World Wide Web Conference invites proposals for participation in Developer's Day. Friday, April 11, 1997, will be a day of activities with special relevance to developers. And we are encouraging you to propose ways in which you would like to participate creating the activities of this day.

Scope of the Conference

The objective of the conference is to foster development of the World Wide Web by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about the underlying technology. The conference is intended for those exploring the leading edge of this technology, including researchers, developers, content providers, and users. The conference will focus on substantial contributions in the form of original research results and ideas, striking new software, innovative applications, and scholarly critique and/or analysis.

Visit the other areas of this site to learn more about the overall conference.

Important Dates for Developer's Day Participation

  • Call for Participation: December 20, 1996
  • Developer's Day participation submission deadline: February 18, 1997 (extended from earlier deadline of 2/3/97)
  • Notification of acceptance: March 5, 1997 (was 2/24/97)
  • Final Version Due: March 21, 1997

Propose Something Interesting!

Do you have something of interest to developers? Are you interested in hearing from developers?

The Developer's Day Audience

We tailor the activities of Developer's Day to appeal primarily to the people and organizations who make the technology and tools that make it possible, ultimately, for content developers and end-users to use and experience the World-Wide Web.

Whether protocol designer or browser implementer; developer of tools for other developers, or of special end-user effects plug-ins these people and their organizations are the makers of the technology and tools. And in this day they seek to get and give information that will help them achieve their objectives.

But this is no small audience or simply a Super BOF! Attendence at Developer's Day in the last two conferences is reported at 60% of the Technical Program. And expectations are high for great content.

Activities and Topics

We encourage you to propose any activity you feel may be of special interest to developers.

The Technical Program (Tuesday through Thursday) is a refereed forum for presenting complete, novel, new and previously un-published work. Developer's Day, however, strives to provide, for example:

  • Detailed information about new developments -- elaborations of Technical Program content beyond what was appropriate in those sessions
  • Updates on past developments, presentations, including those presented at other recent conferences
  • Case histories and discussions regarding WWW standards existing or proposed
  • Case histories, especially demonstrating and comparing alternative implementations of technologies or tools
  • Information about research and developments in methodologies parallel to, extending, optimizing, or in competition with, the WWW
  • Inter-disciplinary research and developments - in, for example, HCI, CSCW, Hypertext
  • Expert advice and information about the challenges and methods of development
  • Advance information about pending or new technologies
  • Advice and experiences in funding, mergers, and acquitisitions; evaluations about market and industry structures
  • Facts about industry programs

Visit the Call for Papers, Panels, and Posters page to see specific suggestions regarding subject matter.

Here are some suggestions for the type of activities you might propose:

  • Technical Paper
    As discussed above, unlike papers submitted to the Technical Program, papers that have previously been published and papers that are currently being considered for publication by another journal or conference are eligible (as far as your other commitments allow!) in the Developer's Day program. let us know what's been happening since the earlier publication, give us the additional details.

  • Panel
    Is there a pressing or contentious issue which you and a few partners feel needs exploration? Want to guess the future? Think you have a map on how developers can help content providers and end users? This isn't a time to lecture though-- you've got an interested and intelligent audience, how can you advance this issue?

  • Design Briefing
    Review a design in detail. Compare two or more designs. Do this at the code levels, package levels, interface levels. Compare class libraries, threading technologies, development tools. Let your colleagues know the challenges you faced, the decisions you took (right or wrong!), the impact on your audience and customers and the your conclusions. Consider including important team members, vendors, and customers. Show it all.

  • Demonstration
    A dry paper presentation may not be the right way to report on your work. Consider what how other developers may benefit from, or how you and others like you may benefit from other developer's learning about, your work. If you're an exhibitor at the WWW6 conference, consider how a detailed, technical demonstration to senior industry-leading developers may assist them, or you.

  • Workshop or Symposium
    If you've been working with a group of developers on a particular subject or technology a Developer's Day session may be an excellent place to draw others in or to present the an update of the work to the developer community. Proposals for non-technical workshops (on, for example, financing, organizational issues) are welcome too. In your proposal be sure to identify the primary group who's been active on the subject and the prior meetings and activities.

  • Forum
    A forum might be a good place to begin a discussion on a subject. Not developed well enough to be a panel, with no group involved in workshop-type work, a forum might be the format to explore what is important about the subject. In your submission tell us how you intend to recruit interested developers to consider the question and prepare for the discussion in advance of the conference.

  • Extended Tutorial
    Perhaps your idea for a tutorial is too advanced for Tutorial Day (Monday), or is specifically addressed to developers. This is the place to suggest a tutorial by experts in a field to experts in the field.

  • Summary Report
    If you are conducting a WWW6 Workshop or a Tutorial, or are associated with an exhibitor which will have exhibition activities specifically addressed to developers, this is the place to make a report. Tell us what happened. Include pictures, sound, action! But definitely give a condensed and pointed presentation of the achievements, conclusions, and your evaluation of the importance and future of the topic.

  • Contests and Awards
    We would like, during the week, to have several contests involving developers. Developers developing. Propose a contest, tell us how it might be managed, reviewed and judged (in the full light of other developers - on the web and in sessions), and how the results would be presented on Friday, Developer's Day. This is a great opportunity to emphasize the Accessibility theme of the conference. The contest submissions and results would be published with the other Developer's Day conference materials.

  • Industry or Vendor Report
    We welcome specific and detailed presentations from new and established vendors and industry representatives. Tell developers where you are heading, what progress you've made recently, what you think will be happening. Teams are especially desired. Ask developers for guidance and direction; get them involved. Of special interest are developer support programs, tools, strategic partnerships, international activities. In you proposal identify the people who would be speaking and be clear about the significance of their involvement in the organization or industry. Include a biography of each person.

The Conduct of the Sessions

A further note about Developer's Day. These folks are the experts and they expect top notch content and sessions. To help assure this, the Organizing Committee and the Developer's Day team will provide tools for high levels of audience interactions, for recording (on computer) the activities of the session, and for the publishing of that content.

In addition to the main participants, two sorts of people will be important to the success of your session.

  1. Recorders
    This is a person or persons who will be using the tools we provide to record the content of the session. If desired this content would be projected during the session. Ideally this person would be familiar with your content.

  2. Respondent
    Less like the idea of a defendant in a legal proceeding, and not quite a narrator, this person's job is to help you involve and engage the audience, to ask the pointed question (of the audience and of the speakers/presenters). We encourage you to identify and nominate someone. Give them questions to ask; point out to them the issues you want to press. Ideally for these types of sessions this person would be capable of acting independent of your point-of-view. Contact a customer, another developer, an independent expert, another paper presenter, a standards organization member.

We encourage you to nominate these people in your proposal. If you request it the Developer's Day team will assure these roles are filled for your session. In either case, these people will participate in pre-session briefings with you and the conference staff. Let us know if you will want to work with them in advance of the conference.

Submission Requirements

To submit a Developer's Day paper or proposal, please see the submission instructions at www6conf.slac.stanford.edu/devday/submit.html. If you have questions, send email to the Developer's Day chair at www6-dday@mailbox.slac.stanford.edu. As with the Technical Program content, eventually you will be required to submit a copyright form that you must sign and mail back to the Developer's Day administrator.

In your proposal, clearly state the category or type of session which you are proposing. Include a summary description of the topic and objective for the session and a summary biography of each proposed participant. This material should be complete enough to serve as the basis of our consideration, and suitable (after an editorial exchange, perhaps) for publication in the schedule and proceedings. All submitted papers will be reviewed for correctness and relevance to the conference, and for quality of presentation.

All Developer's Day submissions must be in English. Maximum length (excluding references) is 10 pages single-spaced. All submissions must use syntactically correct HTML 3.2 (no frames please). To make the Proceedings more attractive, it is important that submitted papers follow the guidelines as closely as possible. The Editors cannot reformat contributions for publication.

Your submission should detail any special technology (hardware, software, network) or in-room arrangements you require.

All submissions must clearly and specifically identify a contact for coordination. Please provide telephone, facsimile, and email addresses.

In addition to being published in the Developer's Day Proceedings, these materials will be made available over the World-Wide Web prior to the conference. The success of your proposal, and of your eventual session, will be enhanced if you tell us how you intend to collect pre-conference questions from registered Developer's Day attendees and incorporate them in your session.

Embargoed Materials: Clearly identify any material that must be embargoed. We also suggest you contact the Developer's Day administrator prior to submitting any such material.


The activities of Developer's Day will be included in a collected proceedings. We would like to include as much of the actual material used in the sessions. This includes any example code, screen shots, snippets, documentation. It also includes animated content and cold-linked sites. Tell us if these kinds of results are a possibility for your session.


General questions about proposals for participation in Developer's Day program may be addressed to www6-dday@mailbox.slac. stanford.edu.

If you would like to attend Developer's Day activities and participate in the on-line pre-conference discussions, then visit the WWW6 Conference registration site at: http://www.travel.cmi.carlson.c om/.

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Created: December 19, 1996
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