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XHTML-Print Is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

2006-01-31: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of XHTML-Print to Proposed Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 28 February. XHTML-Print is designed for printing from mobile devices, low-cost printers and in environments without a printer-specific driver. The work is based on XHTML-Print written by the Printer Working Group (PWG), a program of the IEEE-ISTO. Visit the HTML home page. (News archive)

Internationalization Articles Published

2006-02-02: The Internationalization GEO (Guidelines, Education & Outreach) Working Group publishes information to help people understand and use international aspects of W3C technologies. Recently the group published Changing (X)HTML page encoding to UTF-8, xml:lang in XML document schemas and Localization vs. Internationalization, as well as numerous updates and translations. For details and I18n news and RSS feeds, visit the Internationalization home page. (News archive)

W3C Highlights Mobile Web at 3GSM World Congress

2006-01-31: Mobile industry leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on best practices for mobile Web content. Written to improve user experience, the Last Call Working Draft of Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 describes how to produce Web content and Web sites intended for delivery to mobile and small-screen devices. Please send review comments before 17 February 2006. Read the press release and about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. Visit the W3C booth at 3GSM 13-16 February in Barcelona, Spain. (News archive)

Last Call: Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS)

2006-01-31: The Voice Browser Working Group has released a Last Call Working Draft of Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) Version 1.0. Comments are welcome through 15 March. Designed for ease of use by developers and internationally, PLS allows pronunciation information to be specified for speech recognition and speech synthesis engines in voice browsing applications. Pronunciations grouped together in a PLS document may be referenced from other markup languages such as SRGS and SSML. Visit the Voice Browser home page. (News archive)

Note: Arabic Mathematical Notation

2006-01-31: The Math Interest Group has released Arabic mathematical notation as an Interest Group Note. The Note analyzes the handling of mathematical presentation in Arabic and related languages using the Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) 2.0. Its goals are to clarify implementation details and to uncover genuine specification limitations that may require extensions. Read about the W3C Math Activity. (News archive)

W3C Talks in February

2006-01-31: Browse W3C presentations and events also available as an RSS channel. (News archive)

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 the press release and about W3C Workshops. (News archive)

Working Drafts: XQuery Update Facility

2006-01-27: The 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)

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