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Last Call: Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA); Best Practices and Implementation Guide Drafts Also Published

2009-02-24: The Protocols and Formats Working Group published the Last Call Working Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA). WAI-ARIA defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

The Working Group also published a First Public Working Draft of the WAI-ARIA User Agent Implementation Guide that provides guidance on how browsers and other user agents should expose WAI-ARIA features to platform accessibility APIs. The updated Working Draft of WAI-ARIA Best Practices that was published today describes how Web content developers can develop accessible rich Web applications using WAI-ARIA. These WAI-ARIA documents are described in the WAI-ARIA Overview. Read details in the review announcement, and about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). (Permalink)

W3C Launches Semantic Sensor Network Incubator Group

2009-03-04: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Semantic Sensor Network Incubator Group, sponsored by W3C Members CSIRO, Wright State University, and OGC. The group's mission is to begin the formal process of producing ontologies that define the capabilities of sensors and sensor networks, and to develop semantic annotations of a key language used by services based sensor networks. Read more about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies. Incubator Activity work is not on the W3C standards track. (Permalink)

Authorized Translations of WCAG 2.0 Target International Deployment

2009-03-03: The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) announced Translations of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, including draft Authorized W3C Translations. W3C's Policy for Authorized W3C Translations provides a process for stakeholder review and designation as an official translation. Learn more about WCAG 2.0 Translations in-progress, WCAG 2.0, and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). (Permalink)

W3C Talks in March

2009-03-01: Browse W3C presentations and events also available as an RSS channel. (Permalink)

XML Security Working Group Releases Eight Working Drafts

2009-02-26: The XML Security Working Group has published a set of eight Working Drafts. The XML Signature 1.1 and XML Encryption 1.1 First Public Working Drafts make changes to the default sets of cryptographic algorithms in both specifications. XML Security Use Cases and Requirements and XML Signature Transform Simplification: Requirements and Design are documents that we expect to help guide the group's work on a future version of the XML Security specifications that might make more radical changes than the 1.1 series of these specifications. The Working Group would like to receive early feedback on these four drafts.

Additionally, the XML Security Derived Keys specification introduces mark-up for key derivation, for use with both XML Signature and XML Encryption. XML Signature Properties defines commonly used signature properties. XML Security Algorithms is a cross-reference for the algorithms and their identifiers used with the XML security specifications, bringing in one place information located in a number of documents. XML Signature Best Practices is a revised Working Draft for Best Practices in using the XML Signature specification. (Permalink)

Last Call: Web Security Context: User Interface Guidelines

2009-02-26: The Web Security Context Working Group has published the second Last Call Working Draft of Web Security Context: User Interface Guidelines. This specification deals with the trust decisions that users must make online, and with ways to support them in making safe and informed decisions where possible. In order to achieve that goal, this specification includes recommendations on the presentation of identity information by Web user agents. It also includes recommendations for handling errors in security protocols. This second Last Call Working Draft incorporates feedback gathered during the first Last Call period, both from the public and from implementers participating in the Working Group. Comments are welcome through 19 March 2009. Learn more about the Security Activity. (Permalink)

Web Forms 2.0 Draft Superseded by HTML 5

2009-02-26: The HTML Working Group has announced that Web Forms 2.0 has been superseded by material published in drafts of HTML 5. Learn more about HTML. (Permalink)

W3C Open Meeting: Realizing Government Transparency and Openness

2009-02-25: On 12-13 March, W3C's eGovernment Interest Group will hold a special stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC to address a number of issues of high interest to government policy makers, elected officials, and managers of government information technology. Participants will document progressive solutions for electronic government and develop a road map for developing Web standards related to topics such as participation and citizen engagement, open government data, identification and authentication, and long-term data management. The meeting is open to the public, but advance registration is required and seating is limited. W3C thanks the American Institute of Architects for hosting this meeting. Read the media advisory and learn more about the W3C eGovernment Activity. (Permalink)

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0: Updated Working Draft

2009-02-17: The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 that is synchronized with the finalized WCAG 2.0. ATAG defines how authoring tools should help Web developers produce Web content that is accessible and conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. ATAG also defines how to make authoring tools accessible so that people with disabilities can use them. Read the invitation to review the ATAG 2.0 Working Draft and about the Web Accessibility Initiative. (Permalink)

Call for Review: Service Modeling Language, Version 1.1 Proposed Recommendation

2009-02-13: The Service Modeling Language Working Group has published the Proposed Recommendations of Service Modeling Language, Version 1.1 and Service Modeling Language Interchange Format Version 1.1. SML extends the coherence-checking mechanisms of W3C XML Schema from individual documents to collections of documents. SML-IF extends the utility of SML by providing mechanisms for gathering together a set of documents whose coherence is guaranteed by an SML schema, which itself is part of the resulting package. Comments are welcome through 12 March. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity. (Permalink)

Drafts of HTML 5, Differences from HTML 4 Published

2009-02-12: The HTML Working Group has published Working Drafts of HTML 5 and HTML 5 differences from HTML 4. In this version of HTML5, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. Learn more about the HTML Activity. (Permalink)

W3C Multimodal Standard Brings Web to More People, More Ways

2009-02-10: As part of ensuring the Web is available to all people on any device, W3C published a new standard today to enable interactions beyond the familiar keyboard and mouse. EMMA, the EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation Markup Language, promotes the development of rich Web applications that can be adapted to more input modes (such as handwriting, natural language, and gestures) and output modes (such as synthesized speech) at lower cost. The document, published by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group, is part of a set of specifications for multimodal systems, and provides details of an XML markup language for containing and annotating the interpretation of user input. Read the press release and testimonials, and learn more about the Multimodal Interaction Activity. (Permalink)

Widgets 1.0: APIs and Events

2009-02-10: The Web Applications Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Widgets 1.0: APIs and Events. This specification defines a set of APIs and events for the Widgets 1.0 Family of Specifications that enable baseline functionality for widgets. The APIs and Events defined by this specification defines, amongst other things, the means to:

Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity. (Permalink)

Incubator Group Report: RDB2RDF

2009-02-10: The RDB2RDF Incubator Group published their final report. In the report, the group recommends that the W3C initiate a WG to standardize a language for mapping Relational Database schemas into RDF and OWL. This publication is part of the Incubator Activity, a forum where W3C Members can innovate and experiment. This work is not on the W3C standards track. (Permalink)

Security for Access to Device APIs from the Web: Workshop Report Published

2009-02-05: W3C published today a report from the W3C Workshop on Security for Access to Device APIs from the Web. Workshop participants identified a number of challenges as high-priority work items, including:

W3C invites follow-up discussion on the public mailing list (public archive). Learn more about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. (Permalink)

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