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W3C Launches HTML Patent Advisory Group

23 September 2003: Under W3C Current Patent Practice, a Patent Advisory Group (PAG) has been launched to study issues for HTML-related Working Drafts and Recommendations raised by the court case of Eolas v. Microsoft and US Patent 5,838,906. Public discussion takes place on the mailing list. Read the FAQ and visit the HTML home page and the HTML PAG public home page.

"QA Framework: Operational Guidelines" Is a W3C Candidate Recommendation

23 September 2003: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of QA Framework: Operational Guidelines to Candidate Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 27 February 2004. The document is designed to help W3C Working Groups plan, develop, deploy and maintain conformance test materials. The Quality Assurance Working Group has also published their Introduction as a Working Group Note. Learn more about the QA Activity.

Tim Berners-Lee Royal Society Webcast

19 September 2003: Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, presents The Future of the World Wide Web at the Royal Society in London, UK on Monday, 22 September. The keynote will be Webcast live at 18:00 UTC (7pm British Summer Time). Please visit the Royal Society site for system requirements and to test your connection. Mr. Berners-Lee is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2001).

W3C Letter Regarding Fee Proposal for ISO Codes

19 September 2003: W3C has written to ISO President Oliver Smoot to express deep concerns regarding a Commercial Policies Steering Group (CPSG) proposal to charge for the use of certain ISO codes, including those for languages (ISO 639) and countries (ISO 3166). The Unicode Technical Committee has issued a similar public position. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the largest standards developer with 97 national member bodies. W3C's letter is archived on the public mailing list of the W3C Internationalization Activity.

W3C Holds Ad Hoc Meeting on Recent Court Decision, Launches Public Discussion List

28 August 2003: W3C invited its Members as well as other key commercial and open source software interests to attend an ad hoc meeting hosted by Macromedia on Tuesday 19 August in San Francisco, CA, USA. Participants discussed Eolas v. Microsoft and US Patent 5,838,906. W3C has created the archived public mailing list for discussion. Please refer to the report from Steven R Bratt, W3C Chief Operating Officer.

Web Ontology Language (OWL) Is a W3C Candidate Recommendation

19 August 2003: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of the OWL Web Ontology Language to Candidate Recommendation. OWL is used to publish and share sets of terms called ontologies, providing advanced Web search, software agents and knowledge management. Comments are welcome. Read the press release and FAQ and more about the Semantic Web Activity. The OWL Web Ontology Language in six parts: