Amaya (web browser)

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Developer(s) W3C, INRIA
Initial release 1996
Written in C
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Finnish
Type WYSIWYG Web editor
License W3C

Amaya is a free and open source WYSIWYG web authoring tool[1] with browsing abilities, created by a structured editor project at the INRIA, a French national research institution, and later adopted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web. It is very lightweight, meaning it does not use many computer resources[2].


Codebase timeline

Amaya is a direct descendant of the Grif WYSIWYG[3] SGML editor created by Vincent Quint and Irène Vatton at INRIA in the early 1980s, and of the HTML editor Symposia, itself based on Grif, both developed and sold by French software company Grif SA.

Originally designed as a structured text editor (predating SGML) and later as an HTML and CSS editor, it was then expanded to include XML capabilities such as XHTML[3], MathML[3] and SVG[3].

Amaya displays free and open image formats such as PNG and SVG, as well as a subset of SVG animation.

A test bed application

It is used today as a test-bed for new web technologies that are not yet supported in major browsers.[4][2]

Amaya is the first client that support the RDF annotation schema using XPointer.[5][6][7][8] The browser is available to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, AmigaOS and other platforms.

Naming and Logo

Tamaya was formerly the name of Amaya. Tamaya is the name of the tree represented in the logo. Tamaya is used by a French company and is trademarked so the developers chose to drop the first letter to make it Amaya.[9]

See also


  1. Bill Dubie and Dave Sciuto (2006-11-30). "Amaya a win for Web coding". Seacoast online. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Klimkiewicz, Kamil (2003-01-18). "Lightweight Web Browsers". freshmeat. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Quint, Antoine (2001-11-21). "SVG: Where Are We Now?". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. Vincent Quint and Irène Vatton (1997-02-20). "An Introduction to Amaya". W3C. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  5. Dumbill, Edd (2001-05-09). "Reports from WWW10". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  6. "Annotea Project". W3C. 2001-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  7. Dodds, Leigh (2000-11-13). "Annotate the Web with Amaya and RDF". XMLhack. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  8. "W3C Annotea Project Supports Collaboration on the Web.". Coverpages. 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  9. "Amaya Frequently Asked Questions". W3C. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 

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