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

February - février - februari 2007

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New manager of W3C Benelux Office: Martine Roeleveld

Martine 2007-02-28: After having served six years as Manager of the W3C Benelux Office, Frank Roos has stepped down from this post. W3C Benelux would like to take this opportunity to thank Frank for his contributions to the work of the office. As of March 1 2007 Ms. Martine Roeleveld will act as the new Manager of the W3C Benelux Office. CWI continues to host the W3C Benelux Office. Martine is working at CWI as a Public Relations Officer.

Tim Berners-Lee to Testify on Future of the Web to US Congress

Tim Berners-Lee 2007-02-28: Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, is to testify on the future of the World Wide Web before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Committee on Energy & Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, on 1 March at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Chairman Edward Markey invited Berners-Lee as the sole witness for the first in a series on the Digital Future of the United States.

W3C Launches Security Specifications Working Group

2007-02-28: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the XML Security Specifications Maintenance Working Group. Frederick Hirsch (Nokia) chairs the group which is chartered to perform maintenance work on Recommendations from the XML Signature and XML Encryption families of security specifications. The group is also tasked to suggest a charter for possibly broader future work. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read the about the Security Activity.

Internationalization Tag Set Is a Proposed Recommendation

2007-02-26: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 1.0 to Proposed Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 26 March. Organized by data categories, the ITS set of elements and attributes supports the internationalization and localization of schemas and documents. Implementations are provided for DTDs, XML Schema and Relax NG, and can be used with new or existing vocabularies like XHTML, DocBook and OpenDocument. Visit the Internationalization home page.

W3C Launches POWDER Working Group for Retrieving Metadata

2007-02-22: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of a new Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) Working Group in the Semantic Web Activity. Phil Archer (ICRA) will chair the group which is chartered through 31 March 2008 to develop a way for structured metadata, called "Description Resources," to be authenticated, applied to groups of Web resources, and retrieved independently of the resources. The group's first teleconference is 9 March. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Visit the Semantic Web home page.

Internationalization Activity Renewed, Architecture Group Launched

2007-02-20: W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Internationalization (I18n) Activity and the launch of a new Internationalization Architecture Working Group chaired by François Yergeau (Invited Expert). The group is chartered to work on the Character Model Resource Identifiers and Normalization and on Language Tags and Locale Identifiers. The Internationalization Core Working Group is chaired by Addison Phillips (Yahoo!) and is rechartered to propose and coordinate technology to enable universal and worldwide access to the Web. The charter of the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Working Group chaired by Yves Savourel (Enlaso) and the Internationalization Interest Group chaired by Martin Dürst (Invited Expert) have been extended. The Internationalization Guidelines, Education & Outreach (GEO) Working Group has closed and its work moved to the Core group. Participation in I18n is open to W3C Members. Visit the Internationalization home page.

Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition (SISR) Is a Proposed Recommendation

2007-02-06: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition (SISR) Version 1.0 to Proposed Recommendation. SISR tags are used to extract meaning from speech recognition. SISR defines the syntax and semantics of tag content in the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS) for output as serialized XML or ECMAScript variables. Comments are welcome through 5 March. Visit the Voice Browser home page.

Distributed Web Applications: Advance Notice of Workshop

2007-02-16: W3C plans a Workshop on Declarative Models of Distributed Web Applications on 5-6 June 2007, hosted by MobileAware with the support of the Irish State Development Agency, Enterprise Ireland. Attendees will discuss application modeling, security and usability for distributed applications running on network devices. A Call for Participation and more information is expected in March. Read about W3C Workshops.

W3C Offices Meet Face to Face

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INRIA2007-02-06: W3C's Offices held their annual meeting on 5-6 February in Sophia Antipolis, France. Representatives of W3C's sixteen world Offices met at INRIA to discuss W3C Membership issues, Office events and new staff, outreach, and plans for the future. W3C Offices work with their regional Web communities to promote W3C technologies in local languages, broaden W3C's geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities. Visit the Offices home page.