Sina Tech, 1/06/12
Chinese mobile browser developer UC Mobile has formally agreed to join the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). UC Mobile's CTO Liang Jie has said that the company will increase its collaboration with W3C to promote HTML 5 and other new technological standards in China. Liang also stated he firmly believes that web applications will surpass native apps as the most commonly used form of app, because users will be able to use web apps on a variety of terminals, all with the same experience. HTML 5 can be used on Internet browsers and does not depend on flash or other plug-ins for video or other interactive content.
The W3C was established in 1994 and is the only international organization with the authority to set internet standards. The internet's current widely used standards, including HTML, XHTML, CSS and XML, were all established by the W3C.
The W3C's current members include Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Apple and Nokia, with domestic Chinese members including the China Academy of Sciences, China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) and telecom equipment and terminal manufacturer Huawei. Internet company Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) also joined the W3C in October 2011.