Hello, how can one miss the opportunity to geek-out with W3C and enjoy one last Gauloise before the 2007 ban? Euro-types enamoured with their handhelds and their hand-rolled can join the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in a public seminar on the technical solutions for the special challenges of mobile Web adoption. The event will be held at L'entrepot in central Paris, on Thursday the 16th of November. Allons-y! "People could access the Web at all times and in all situations, thanks to mobile devices, but Web sites aren't always ready for the diverse range of devices," explains Philipp Hoschka, Mobile Web Initiative Leader. "W3C's Mobile Web Initiative has already produced concrete results to help developers make their Web sites accessible to mobile devices. This seminar gives a valuable opportunity to discuss those results and state of the art techniques." Mobile Web Usage on the Rise People worldwide are spending more time online, whether at home or at work. With the widespread adoption of mobile devices, such as PDAs and mobile phones, people are now expecting to use the Web - to get information, connect with each other and make purchases -- while they're on the go. They expect the same access and similar rich experiences in both settings. Ahead of this trend, W3C's Mobile Web Initiative (W3C-MWI) was launched in 2005 to improve the mobile experience on the Web. The W3C-MWI work is focused on developing best practices for "mobileOK" Web sites, and device information needed for content adaptation. Mobile Web Initiative Results Presented in Paris for the First Time W3C's Mobile Web seminar is a public event which will focus on current results produced by W3C's Mobile Web Initiative. The confirmed speakers include representatives from W3C MWI sponsors such as France Telecom, Jataayu Software, MobileAware, Opera Software, and Vodafone. W3C is organizing this event to further the MWI mission of educating operators, content developers, and handset manufacturers on available options and new development. The program and materials from the seminar will be made available to the public, and the attendance is free of charge. W3C Mobile Web Initiative Boasts Strong International Sponsorship The current nineteen MWI sponsors are key players in the mobile production chain, including authoring tool vendors, content providers, adaptation providers, handset manufacturers, browser vendors and mobile operators. They are: Afilias, Argogroup, Bango.net, Drutt Corporation, Ericsson, France Telecom, HP, Jataayu Software, mTLD, MobileAware, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Opera Software, TIM Italia, RuleSpace, Segala, Sevenval, Vodafone, and Volantis. Logistics and Contact Information Date: 16 November 2006 Time: from 8:30 am until 13:00pm Location: L'entrepôt, 7-9 rue Francis de Pressensé, 75014 PARIS To register, press should contact Amal El Badraoui (Ketchum) at [Amal.ELBADRAOUI AT ketchum.fr] or Marie-Claire Forgue (W3C) at [mcf AT w3.org] or fill out the online registration form.