NEWSLETTER W3C Kantoor Benelux - Bureau W3C Bénélux - Benelux W3C Office

January – janvier – januari 2008

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New Year's reception

2007-12-15: AC-reps, members of W3C, staff and assistants are cordially invited to the New Year's reception on Wednesday 16 January 2008, as of 16:00 hrs at the former Volkskrant building (Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam).
Participants are from amongst others: Internet Society Nederland, W3C Benelux,, Vereniging Open Domein, SIDN, and OpenDoc Society.

The entry is free, but please register at

W3C Invites Implementations of DCCI 1.0 (Candidate Recommendation); first draft of Delivery Context Ontology available

2007-12-21: The Ubiquitous Web Applications Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of Delivery Context: Client Interfaces (DCCI) 1.0. This document defines platform and language neutral programming interfaces that provide Web applications access to a hierarchy of dynamic properties representing device capabilities, configurations, user preferences and environmental conditions. In addition, the Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Delivery Context Ontology, which provides a formal model for the delivery context which other specifications can reference normatively. Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.

Public Virtual Seminar on Web Issues to be Organized by W3C Spain Office

2007-12-20: On 23 January 2008, the W3C Spain Office will hold a virtual seminar where W3C staff will discuss the latest news in Web topics such as e-Government, Video on the Web, and Mobile Web in developing countries; see the program for the full list of topics and speakers. The public is invited to participate over the Internet in the seminar, which will take place in English from 15:00 to 18:00 (CET); see the participation instructions. The seminar, hosted by UPM, will also be broadcast online. Learn more about the W3C Spain Office.

W3C Invites Implementations of EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language (Candidate Recommendation)

2007-12-11: The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language. Implementation feedback is welcome through 14 April 2008. EMMA is a data exchange format for the interface between input processors and interaction management systems within the Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces, and defines the means to annotate application specific data with information such as confidence scores, time stamps, input mode, alternative recognition hypotheses, and partial recognition results. Visit the Multimodal Interaction home page.

W3C Invites Implementations of Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) Version 1.0; updates SSML 1.1 draft

2007-12-12: The Voice Browser Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) Version 1.0. Implementation feedback is welcome through 11 April 2008; please see the PLS 1.0 Implementation Report Plan for more information. PLS provides the basis for describing pronunciation information for use in speech recognition and speech synthesis, for use in tuning applications, e.g. for proper names that have irregular pronunciations. The Working Group has also updated Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1. Changes from the previous draft include addition of new "type" attribute with value of "ruby", change of references to "pronunciation alphabet" to be "pronunciation scheme", and modified attribute's names of audio element. Visit the Voice Browser home page.

Industry Leaders Discuss Better Integration of Video on the Web

2007-12-12: Video on the Web is hot! That is why Adobe, Apple, Canon, CBS Interactive, Cisco, Comcast, Disney, Hitachi, Motorola, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, RealNetworks, Samsung, Sony, Sun, Turner Broadcasting, Web3D Consortium, YouTube, and other industry leaders have chosen to meet in San Jose (California) at the W3C Video on the Web Workshop on 12-13 December 2007 to discuss the video landscape. More and more people are publishing high-quality video, social networks are sprouting up around Web-delivered media, and IPTV (Internet-based delivery of television programming) is maturing rapidly. These and other changes pose challenges to the underlying technologies and standards to support the platform-independent creation, authoring, encoding/decoding, and description of video. To ensure the success of video as a "first class citizen" of the Web, W3C has invited the community to explore how to build a solid architectural foundation that enables people to create, navigate, search, and distribute video, and to manage digital rights; see the full agenda. W3C thanks Cisco for hosting the Workshop and to all the participants who sent position papers.

"Emergency Information Interoperability Framework" Focus of Incubator Group

2007-12-11: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Emergency Information Interoperability Framework Incubator Group, sponsored by W3C Members NICTA, Google, SICS, and IBM. The mission of this Incubator Group is to review and analyze the current state-of-the-art in vocabularies used in emergency management functions and to investigate the path forward via an emergency management systems information interoperability framework. Read about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies.