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W3C Thanks Systems Team on Appreciation Day

2006-07-28: On System Administrator Appreciation Day, W3C expresses its gratitude to the Systems Team. Under their care W3C's main Web servers have served over 70 million hits per day. Our mail hubs reject over 1 million virus and spam delivery attempts per day with zero reported false positives. Our server infrastructure typically sees server uptimes measured in hundreds of days; some of our servers have been in continuous operation for over a year. Join us in celebration of these key contributors to W3C, and thank your own sysadmins for their tireless work. We extend our appreciation to:

Ted Guild Named Head of Systems

2006-07-26: W3C has named Ted Guild to Head of W3C Systems. Previously led by Alan Kotok, the Systems Team is responsible for the operation of W3C servers worldwide, development and deployment of software tools, and support for standards development, content development, collaboration, communication and archiving. Ted came to W3C in 2000 from corporate IT positions in financial, Internet, public utilities and marketing organizations. Read more About W3C. (Photo credit: Ralph R. Swick. News archive)

Mobile Stakeholders Sketch Future of Device Description Repository

2006-07-24: Participants in the International Workshop on the Implementation of a Device Description Repository have published their report. Mobile operators, manufacturers, service providers, and accessibility, content adaptation and device information providers met 12-13 July in Madrid, Spain, to discuss the creation of a repository of device information. W3C thanks Telefónica for hosting. Read about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, a joint effort to make the Web interoperable and usable for users of mobile devices. (Photo credit: Cédric Kiss. News archive)

Privacy Policy and Enforcement Workshop: Call for Participation

2006-07-21: W3C will hold a Workshop on Languages for Privacy Policy Negotiation and Semantics-Driven Enforcement on 17-18 October 2006 at the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy. Vendors and researchers will meet to discuss privacy for personal data, automated policy negotiation in Web services, Web applications and identity management, and the use of Semantic Web technologies for privacy enforcement. Participation is open to Members and the public. Read about Workshops and the Privacy Activity.

WAI to Advise on 508 Standards Update

2006-07-20: W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the revision of U.S. Section 255 guidelines and Section 508 standards, which include Web accessibility. WAI looks forward to continuing to coordinate with organizations around the world to develop harmonized standards for Web accessibility. Additional information is available in the U.S. Access Board article: Board Names Advisory Committee for 508 Standards Update. Visit the WAI home page. (Permalink)

Emotional States Focus of Incubator Group

2006-07-19: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Emotion Incubator Group to investigate a language to represent the emotional states of users and the emotional states simulated by user interfaces. The group is sponsored by W3C Members DFKI, Deutsche Telekom T-Com, University of Edinburgh, Chinese Academy of Sciences, EPFL, USC ISI, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. W3C Members may use this form to join the group. Read about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies. (Permalink)

Semantic Web Activity Grows to Include GRDDL, Deployment Working Groups

2006-07-14: W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Semantic Web Activity. "W3C continues to support the advancement of universal sharing and automatic processing of data in the World Wide Web," said Ivan Herman (W3C). Semantic Web technologies allow data to be shared and reused across applications, enterprises, and communities. The W3C Advisory Committee approved the continuing work in RDF data access, rules interchange, and health care and life sciences. Three new groups are chartered for work on Semantic Web deployment, extracting RDF from XML (e.g., to process microformats), and education and outreach. Join W3C and visit the Semantic Web home page.

W3C Names Yves Lafon Web Services Activity Lead

2006-07-17: W3C has named Yves Lafon to the position of Web Services Activity Lead. The Web Services Activity includes Working Groups for semantic annotations, addressing, choreography, description and policy as well as XML protocol and databinding. Yves joined W3C in 1995 to work on the experimental browser Arena. He led development of Jigsaw, W3C's Java based server, and served as Activity Lead for the Protocols Activity and the XML Protocol Activity. and as Team Contact for the XML Protocol Working Group, the XML Schema Patterns for Databinding Working Group and the Web Services Choreography Working Group. W3C wishes to thank Hugo Haas who previously led the Activity. Read more about W3C.

Advance Notice: Workshop on Requirements for XSL-FO 2.0

2006-07-11: W3C plans a Workshop on Gathering Requirements for Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) 2.0 on 18 October in Heidelberg, Germany, hosted by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. The Workshop will be held in conjunction with a symposium on Web Printing at the same location. Participants will discuss the requirements, features and design of a future version of the formatting part of the Extensible Stylesheet Language also called XSL-FO. A Call for Participation for this Workshop is expected in August. Read about W3C Workshops and the XML Activity.

XML Query and XPath Data Model Updated

2006-07-11: The XML Query and XSL Working Groups have released an updated Candidate Recommendation of XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model (XDM). Both XSLT 2 and XQuery use XPath expressions and operate on XDM instances such as documents and databases. The group also released an updated Working Draft of the XQuery Update Facility which provides expressions to create, modify and delete nodes. Visit the XML home page.

Geospatial Properties of Web Resources Focus of Incubator Group

2006-07-05: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Geospatial Incubator Group, whose mission is to begin addressing issues of location and geographical properties of resources for the Web of today and tomorrow. The group is sponsored by W3C Members the Open Geospatial Consortium, Oracle Corporation, SRI International, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (USC ISI). W3C Members may use this form to join the group. Read about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies.