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W3C to Hold Workshop on the Ubiquitous Web

2006-01-24: W3C holds the Workshop on the Ubiquitous Web on 9-10 March in Tokyo, Japan. The Ubiquitous Web "takes advantage of the diversity of networked devices," said Dave Raggett (W3C/Canon). Attendees will examine technologies and help W3C make choices for standardization to realize the vision of distributed applications that adapt to users' needs, device capabilities and environmental conditions. Position papers are due 10 February. Read press release and about W3C Workshops. (News archive)

Working Drafts: XQuery Update Facility

2006-01-27: XML Query Working Group has released First Public Working Drafts of the XQuery Update Facility and its Use Cases. XML Query can perform searches, queries and joins over collections of XDM instances such as documents and databases. Today's drafts provide expressions to create, modify and delete nodes within those instances. Visit the XML home page. (News archive)

Last Call: SPARQL Protocol for RDF

2006-01-26: The RDF Data Access Working Group has released a second Last Call Working Draft of the SPARQL Protocol for RDF. The draft describes RDF data access and transmission of RDF queries from clients to processors. The protocol is compatible with the SPARQL query language (pronounced "sparkle") and is designed to convey queries from other RDF query languages as well. Comments are welcome through 10 February. Visit the Semantic Web home page. (News archive)

Last Call: SPARQL Query Results XML Format

2006-01-26: The RDF Data Access Working Group has released a second Last Call Working Draft of the SPARQL Query Results XML Format. The SPARQL query language (pronounced "sparkle") offers developers and end users a way to write and to consume search results across a wide range of information such as personal data, social networks and metadata about digital artifacts like music and images. SPARQL also provides a means of integration over disparate sources. Comments are welcome through 10 February. Visit the Semantic Web home page. (News archive)

Working Draft: State Chart XML (SCXML)

2006-01-24: The Voice Browser Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of State Chart XML (SCXML): State Machine Notation for Control Abstraction 1.0. SCXML is an execution environment based on UML Harel State Tables and CCXML. SCXML is a candidate for the control language within VoiceXML 3.0, CCXML 2.0, and the authoring language under development by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group. Visit the Voice Browser home page. (News archive)

W3C Names Steve Bratt Chief Executive Officer

photo of Steve Bratt2006-01-23: W3C has named Dr. Steven R. Bratt to the newly-created position of W3C Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 20 January. In this capacity, Steve will continue to oversee worldwide operations and outreach, including overall management of Member relations, the W3C Process, the staff, strategic planning, budget, legal matters, external liaisons and major events. Since joining W3C in 2002, Steve served as W3C's Chief Operating Officer and subsequently also as Acting Chair. Read about the W3C management team and more About W3C. (News archive)

W3C Seminar on Using Web Services

2006-01-19: As part of the European IST Programme's WS2 project, the seminar Using Web Services - From Infrastructure to Semantics will be held in Paris, France on 6 March. W3C Members Amadeus, Canon, France Telecom, Nokia and W3C technical staff will demonstrate the use of Web services technologies in real world scenarios. Please register. The seminar is free and open to the public. Visit the Web Services home page. (News archive)

XKMS Activity Completes Work and Closes

2006-01-17: W3C is pleased to announce that the XML Key Management (XKMS) Working Group has successfully completed its work: the W3C Recommendation XML Key Management Specification (XKMS 2.0) and its companion Bindings and Requirements as well as the Working Group Notes Using XKMS with PGP and A WSDL 1.1 description for XKMS. With XKMS, users can share public key identity across applications, systems and trust boundaries. Please join us in thanking all participants and Chairs Stephen Farrell (Invited Expert) and Shivaram Mysore (Microsoft) for their contributions. Read about Technology and Society at W3C. (News archive)

Working Draft: XML Schema 1.1 Datatypes

2006-01-17: The XML Schema Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of XML Schema 1.1 Part 2: Datatypes. XML schemas define shared markup vocabularies, the structure of XML documents which use those vocabularies, and provide hooks to associate semantics with them. With XML Schema Part 2, datatypes may be defined for use in XML schemas as well as other contexts. Visit the XML home page. (News archive)

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