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Amaya is the Web browser that was developed by members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as a practical tool as well as a testing ground for W3C ideas. Amaya includes an HTML editor as well as a viewer and can be downloaded freely from the W3C Web site for use in either Linux or Windows 95/NT/2000 operating system. Amaya is distributed as open source software, meaning that software developers are free to add to or modify its code and extend its capabilities.

According to Web inventor and W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee, Amaya was developed because at the time no commercially available browser included editing capabilities. The idea was to develop the browser as a way to see why such capabilities hadn't been provided and perhaps help solve any problems that were in the way. Amaya also offers a testing platform for other W3C developments such as MathML, a user interface for creating complex mathematical expressions. Berners-Lee and staff members use Amaya as their primary browser.

Here are some interesting features of Amaya:

  • A what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) authoring interface similar to that of commercial products such as Microsoft's FrontPage and the ability to upload the pages to a server
  • Support for the latest level of HTML, XHTML
  • The ability to work on either the coded HTML view or the WYSIWYG source view of the page
  • Special support for people with disabilities
  • Assurance that the Web page you create will be properly constructed so that other tools will know what to expect when they work with your page
  • Assistance in creating and viewing hypertext links
  • The ability to display images in the Portable Network Graphics format, a more capable graphic format than the Graphics Interchange Format format that is also free from licensing requirements
  • The ability to print the table of contents or the table of links in a document
  • An application program interface (API) in C for adding new functions or modifying existing ones. Amaya is also used within the W3C to experiment with the Java API used in the Document Object Model (DOM)

Amaya is the client counterpart to the W3C's experimental Web server, Jigsaw (but you don't need Jigsaw to use Amaya).

This was last updated in April 2005

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