IA Institute Participates at the W3C Rich Multi-Modal Workshop

The IA Institute was invited to participate in the W3C's workshop on Rich Multi-Modal Interaction. Operations Manager Noreen Whysel and IAI co-founder Bev Corwin attended. Noreen gave a use case presentation on the first day showcasing the Institute's work on its web refactoring project and the W3C Web Redesign Task Force, which includes several IA Institute members.

According to the W3C, "This workshop was aimed at accentuating the merits of HTML5 and the W3C Multimodal Architecture to help create the appropriate level of awareness of the maturity of the MMI Architecture and its suitability for developing innovative and compelling user-experiences across applications/devices." Noreen presented on how having a solid information architecture foundation supports user interfaces regardless of user modality (speech, touch, gesture and voice, etc).

Top priorities established by workshop attendees included device/service discovery, in which Semantic Web Services were cited as important means to accessing meaning via machine read resources (which may be of interest to IAs involved in ontology development). Another priority was HTML5 integration, in which several use cases and problems were presented.

A summary of the event is available on the W3C MMI website at:

Presentations are located here:

If you are interested in this work or if you would like to participate in the website refactoring project, please contact us at volunteer@iainstitute.org.

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