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.
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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)