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W3C Renews CSS Working Group

2006-06-28: W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group. Bert Bos (W3C) is Chair. The group is chartered through 1 July 2008 to develop and maintain CSS specifications, profiles and test suites. CSS is the most common style sheet language for HTML documents and can be used with textual XML documents. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Visit the CSS home page.

W3C Launches Math Working Group for MathML 3.0

2006-06-28: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of a new Math Working Group to replace the Math Interest Group. Patrick Ion (Invited Expert, representing the American Mathematical Society) and Robert Miner (Design Science) will co-Chair. The group is chartered through 29 February 2008 to produce a new MathML 3.0 Recommendation, to improve and expand MathML in the areas of internationalization, accessibility, and mathematical richness. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Visit the Math home page.

W3C Names Jérôme Chailloux Site Manager of W3C/ERCIM

2006-06-27: Jérôme Chailloux has joined the W3C staff and management team as the new Site Manager for W3C/ERCIM. Based in France, Jérôme brings a wealth of experience to W3C in both technology development and management. Jérôme was the main inventor and developer of the programming language Le-Lisp. He served on an information technology committee for the French National Ministry for Education, Research and Technology. Jérôme also held the position of Chief Information Officer of the genomics company GENSET. Please join us in welcoming Jérôme to W3C.

Mobile Web Best Practices: Call for Implementations

2006-06-27: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 to Candidate Recommendation. Written for designers of Web sites and content management systems, these guidelines describe how to author Web content that works well on mobile devices. Thirty organizations participating in the Mobile Web Initiative achieved consensus and encourage adoption and implementation of these guidelines to improve user experience and to achieve the goal of "One Web." Read the press release and testimonials.

Core XML Specifications: Proposed Edits

2006-06-14: The XML Core Working Group has released four Proposed Edited Recommendations for core XML specifications: the fourth edition of Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 and second editions of Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.1, Namespaces in XML 1.0 and Namespaces in XML 1.1. Proposed for the convenience of readers, the publications correct all errors reported to date and are not new versions. The test suites have been updated. For XML, markup for RFC 2119 key words has been improved. Comments are welcome through 12 July. Visit the XML home page.

XSLT 2.0, XML Query and XPath 2.0 Candidate Recommendations

2006-06-12: The XML Query and XSL Working Groups have released updated Candidate Recommendations of XML Query 1.0, XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0 and supporting documents. The XQuery use cases are also updated. Today's drafts incorporate comments received at Candidate Recommendation and move the xdt:* types to the XML Schema xs namespace, a change made in conjunction with the XML Schema Working Group. XSLT transforms documents into different markup or formats. Important for databases, search engines and object repositories, XML Query can perform searches, queries and joins over collections of documents. Both XSLT 2 and XQuery use XPath expressions and operate on XPath Data Model instances. Visit the XML home page.

Experts Share Perspectives on Web Standards at Fundamentos Web 2006

2006-06-06: The W3C Spanish Office is pleased to present Vinton Cerf and noted Web Standards experts at the second edition of Fundamentos Web 2006 (Web Foundations 2006) on 3-5 October in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain. Daniel Appelquist, Andy Clarke, Enrique Dans, Ben Hammersley, Bernardo Hernández, Molly Holzschlag, Richard Ishida, Dean Jackson, Gumerinsdo Lafuente, Bob Regan, Dave Shea, Juan Varela, Luis Villa, Chris Wilson and Kevin Yank will present. Registration for the conference, which sold out last year, will offer discounts for W3C Members.

W3C Launches Web Services Policy Working Group

2006-06-01: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Web Services Policy Working Group. Paul Cotton (Microsoft) and Chris Ferris (IBM) will co-Chair. The group is chartered through 31 December 2007 to standardize a general policy framework for expressing Web service capabilities and requirements. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Visit the Web services home page.

W3C Names Ivan Herman Semantic Web Activity Lead

2006-06-01: W3C has named Ivan Herman to the position of Semantic Web Activity Lead effective 1 June. Previously led by Eric Miller, the Semantic Web Activity includes development of the standards for RDF, OWL, SPARQL and rules languages. W3C wishes to thank Eric for his contributions as he moves to Semantic Web deployment. Based at CWI, site of the W3C Benelux Office, Ivan served as W3C Head of Offices and on the Semantic Web Coordination Group. Read more About W3C.

W3C Names Daniel Dardailler Head of W3C Offices

2006-06-01: W3C has named Daniel Dardailler to the position of Head of W3C Offices effective 1 June. Daniel will continue his roles as W3C Associate Chair for Europe, liaison for international standards bodies, and in efforts such as UN organizations, ISOC, ISO, and ICANN. W3C Offices assist with promotion efforts in local languages, broaden W3C's geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities.

In Memoriam: Alan Kotok

2006-06-01: Alan Kotok, W3C Associate Chair, MIT site manager and head of the W3C Systems Team, passed away last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He was 64. Before his many contributions to W3C, Alan held senior engineering positions at DEC in storage, telecommunications and software. A member of the MIT Tech Model Railroad Club, he helped to build the legendary computer game Spacewar, and the gaming joystick. He appears in the Origins of Computer Chess and in Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. We are grateful to have worked with Alan and will miss his great kindness, humor, intellect and dedication. Remembrances may be sent to the public mailing list.