When the web was born, it was all about contents. "Content is king" was a popular slogan. And this did push the web and its supporting technology to be the main way of delivering contents and getting access to it in the networked society.
In recent years we are talking more and more about web applications. While web content is mainly about the information delivered across the net, web applications is about tasks and processing that the web can offer to the user. We saw applications on the servers, now we see them on the clients.
So what does this mean for the web, and what does it mean for providers that offer their added-value over the web? Is everything just enriched contents? Or is everything information-rich applications? How do we understand what the web will be in some years time?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is developing standardised technologies that will serve both the information-centric web and the application-centric web. This presentation explores the space of requirements and needs, and how a toolbox of technologies can support both views of the web, in a harmonious way.