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Development of the World Wide Web

In the OnLine section of the Guardian, 23 February, Peter Judge drew attention to initiatives currently underway to develop the Web by fundamental innovations in Web technology. However, the aim is keep the Web from being dominated by proprietary influences and ensure all users can continue to access it. A European project called WebCore has been set up with 1.4M ECU funding from the European Commission.

Tim Berners Lee, founder of the Web, formerly of CERN and now at MIT, has initiated a WWW Consortium with commercial and academic members. W3 has also been set up, which is a collaboration between projects in Europe and the USA.

Further details of WebCore and the W3 Consortium may be found at

Rae Earnshaw