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2004-06-09: W3C is pleased to announce Making Visualizations of Complex Information Accessible for People with Disabilities, a teleconference sponsored by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's Research and Development Interest Group. Registration is required and is open through 21 June to 40 participants. Attendees can expect to learn about current research in making visualization technologies for the Internet accessible to persons with disabilities and to develop contacts with people performing that research. The telecon is 28 June 2004 and includes real-time captioning. (News archive)
2004-06-08: The XML Protocol Working Group has released SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism and XML-binary Optimized Packaging (XOP) as Last Call Working Drafts. The drafts improve SOAP Version 1.2 performance. Comments are welcome through 29 June. Also published are XOP Frequently Asked Questions, the Attachment Feature which is superseded, and the completed Use Cases and Requirements. Visit the Web services home page. (News archive)
2004-06-08: The XML Protocol Working Group has released a Last Call Working Draft of the SOAP Resource Representation Header. Comments are welcome through 29 June. The document describes a SOAP header block that allows applications to carry a representation of a Web resource in a SOAP message. SOAP Version 1.2 is a lightweight protocol for exchanging structured information in a decentralized, distributed environment. Visit the Web services home page. (News archive)
2004-06-08: The XML Protocol Working Group and the Web Services Description Working Group jointly released the First Public Working Draft of Assigning Media Types to Binary Data in XML. The draft describes how to indicate the media type of XML element content and the way to specify that type in XML Schema. Visit the Web services home page. (News archive)
2004-06-03: The RDF Data Access Working Group has released the First Public Working Draft of RDF Data Access Use Cases and Requirements. The document outlines use cases for RDF query languages and access protocols and their requirements, and examines design objectives. Comments are welcome. Visit the Semantic Web home page. (News archive)
2004-06-03: The Quality Assurance (QA) Working Group has released QA Specification Guidelines as a Working Draft. The document is designed to help W3C Working Groups write technical reports. Reflecting major changes in the W3C QA Framework, these newly rewritten guidelines are lightweight and more user-friendly. Comments are welcome. Learn more about Quality Assurance (QA) at W3C. (News archive)
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