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"My personal view is that a lot of it is coming together now. That is very gratifying to see ... I'm very optimistic at this moment," Berners-Lee said in a telephone interview ahead of the annual World Wide Web conference, which opens in Edinburgh on Monday.
"The whole industrial environment is more exciting. We had the bubble and the burst, but now you see a low of young companies again. There's renewed enthusiasm among VCs (venture capitalists) to invest in start-ups. I get a feeling of upsurge in activity."
Web inventor says brainchild is ready for big leap [today.reuters.com]
[edited by: trillianjedi at 1:58 pm (utc) on May 23, 2006]
[edit reason] Delinked AJAX. No specifics please. [/edit]
Sir Tim's vision is based around the "Semantic Web", where data and documents on the web can interact and express meaning, and where the end user can use, adapt and modify the available data. HTML remains a part of the equation, but RSS, RDF and new data query languages and formats such as the recent W3C SPARQL [w3.org] candidate recommendation are going to bring the web to a whole new level.
Simple, static websites still have their place, but the big players will be those which implement "Web 2.0" ideas of sharing and developing information and interactivity.