Amaya — Web editor

Edited June 2011

Web editor Amaya is an instrument which allows creating and editing of the docs straight on the Internet. It combines such features as browsing and distant editing and updating, which corresponds to the original idea of the global network to be a place of cooperation instead of one-way publication space.

W3C has started working on Amaya in 1996. The original idea was to create the Web client which can demonstrate all modern Internet technologies. W3C has united all current innovations and the most up-to-date technologies trying to figure out how to get benefits from it. W3C team has found out that such integration would help a lot in the long run. Even today Amaya is a powerful tool which is extensively used by W3C and many other companies and people.


Amaya was originally designed in HTML + CSS editor. At that moment it was made to support XML, because numerous XML applications have been very popular back then. The XHTML family, SVG and MathML can be mentioned among the other such applications. Amaya has allowed editing all such systems even in the complex docs.

Amaya contains joint annotation application generated upon XPointer, XLink and RDF, i.e. Resource Description Framework.

The important thing to mention about Amaya: it is open-ware software. W3C welcomes all users to fix bugs, broaden capabilities, translate Amaya into any languages and contribute to the project in any possible ways.


Amaya is currently available for such platforms as Windows, MacOS X and Unix, and it was created in C language.

The major creators of Amaya are W3C (Laurent Carcone) and INRIA (Project leader: Vincent Quint). INRIA participates in the program within their WAM (Web, Adaptation and Multimedia) project.


Interface with customized panels:

SVG and synchronized source view:

Project home page:

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