W3C: Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web

Isn’t it sort of amazing that the W3C is just getting around to publishing the first draft of this paper!

The World Wide Web is a networked information system. Web Architecture is the set of principles that all agents in the system follow to create the large-scale effect of a shared information space. Identification, data formats, and protocols are the main technical components of Web Architecture, but the large-scale effect depends on social behavior as well.

This document strives to establish a reference set of principles for Web architecture.

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