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W3C sets up office in India

November 10, 2005 18:48 IST
World Wide Web Consortium, engaged in development of common protocols on the web and ensuring interoperability, on Thursday opened its office in India - its 15th in the world.

Coming to India in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, the W3C India office will seek to connect web standards to the rapidly growing technical hub of software industry and will expose the Indian IT industry to the latest software technology trends.

"Technology should be socially acceptable and we at World Wide Web Consortium are striving to make sure that the social impact of web is appropriate. Internet should also be made accessible to all," W3C director Tim Burners Lee said in a televised statement.

Lee said that for the web to reach its full potential, it was imperative that common protocols are developed using regional inputs that further its evolution. He also stressed on the need of ensuring interoperability, following which any hardware and software can be used to access the web.

"The absence of Indian IT companies in the global arena meant that their contribution in setting of global standards was nil. All this is changing now as more and more Indian IT firms are becoming active players in the global arena and are taking up memberships of groups like the W3C which enable them to have a say in the setting of global standards," W3C COO Steve Bratt said at the launch.

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