Worldwide Developers Conference 1996 (or WWDC 1996) was a computer conference that was hosted by Apple Computer for its developers at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. It was Apple's 7th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, held from May 13 to 17, 1996.
The primary emphasis at WWDC 1996 was a new software component technology called OpenDoc, which allowed end users to compile an application from components offering features they desired most. The OpenDoc consortium included Adobe, Lotus, others, and Apple. Apple touted OpenDoc as the future foundation for application structure under Mac OS. As proof of concept, Apple demonstrated and released a new end-user product called Cyberdog, a comprehensive Internet application component suite offering users an integrated browser, email, FTP, telnet, finger and other services built fully of user-exchangeable OpenDoc components. ClarisWorks (later renamed AppleWorks), a principal product in Apple's wholly owned subsidiary Claris, was demonstrated as an example of a pre-OpenDoc component architecture application modified to be able to contain functional OpenDoc components.
- OpenDoc Developer Release 5 is Now Available: Contains Framework Release and KickStart Components. Apple Computer (May 13, 1996). Archived from the original on May 5, 1999.
- WWDC Ware by Geoff Duncan, TidBITS. 1996-05-13.
- Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Convenes. Apple Computer (May 13, 1996). Archived from the original on May 5, 1999.
- Apple Announces Developer Release of MkLinux, Linux for Power Macintosh by Apple Computer, Tech Insider. 1996-05-17.
- 1996: “Apple revival starts here” by Riccardo Mori, System Folder: The Platinum Days. 2010-06-24.
- WWDC (1996) Site Services at Carlson Companies (1996-05-09, archived 1997-04-14)
- WWDC (1996) Special Events (1996-05-14, archived 1997-06-24)
- WWDC 1996: An Overview of the Apple WWDC at Tech Insider (mirrored 1996-05-06)
- Found Footage: Apple introduces Cocoa at the 1996 WWDC by Steve Sande at Engadget (2011-08-03)
- Apple Worldwide Developers Conference: 1990s at Wikipedia