W3C releases working draft of Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web
Wilbert Kraan, CETIS staff
September 04, 2002

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released the first public Working Draft of "Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web." The document describes all the fundamental rules of exchanging information on the web, and, at least as importantly how web technology should be deployed and used.

As it is a fist public draft, the status of Architectural Principles is not yet normative or authoritative- but anyone who works with the web -from learning content creators to LMS architects- would do well to follow its recommendations. This would be easiest with regard to very general principles and resource identification and persistence. Hyperlinks and the availability of resources that hyperlinks point to, in other words. The sections on protocols and especially formats is not yet complete, though. While the advice on and explanation of protocols is quite useable, the Format section is best described as an unintended indication of how hard it is to standardise data formats.

While the "Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web" title may not set pulses racing, it is actually a very readable, clear and -at least morally- authoritative implementation guide for the web. It simply formulates basic dos and donts that ensures that any web connected resource, browser, server or other system can continue to interoperate in a smooth and predictable way.

The Architectural Principles are available at the W3C website