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Candidate Recommendation Updated: XProc: An XML Pipeline Language

2009-05-28: The XML Processing Model Working Group has published an updated Candidate Recommendation of XProc: An XML Pipeline Language. This specification describes the syntax and semantics of a language for describing operations to be performed on XML documents. The status section of the document summarizes the list of changes since the Candidate Recommendation was first published. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

W3C Opens Senegal Office

Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique (ESP)2009-05-26: W3C announces today the launch of the W3C Senegal Office, hosted by the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique (ESP), attached to the UCAD (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), in Dakar, Senegal. Ibrahima Ngom (ESP) and Alex Corenthin (ISOC Senegal) will jointly manage this new W3C Office. W3C looks forward to increasing interaction with the French-speaking community, especially neighboring countries in West Africa. The opening ceremony will take place 27 May. Read the press release and learn more about the W3C Offices, which assist W3C with promotion efforts in local languages, help broaden W3C.s geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities.

Report Evokes Promise of Mobile to Foster Social Development; Need for Cooperation

Workshop Poster2009-05-25: Today W3C publishes the report from the April 2009 Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development. Participants discussed how numerous services available on mobile phones could help people in underserved regions. Discussion underlined the need for a concerted effort among all the stakeholders (including practitioners, academics, regulators, governments, and the mobile industry) to build a shared view of the future of the mobile platform as a tool to bridge the digital divide. The Workshop was jointly organized by the W3C Mobile Web Initiative and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Mozambique, with the generous support of Gold Sponsors UNDP, the Web Foundation, Nokia, and Bharti Telesoft; and Silver Sponsors Opera Software, UNESCO, Microsoft Research, and MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. This work is part of the Digital World Forum project (European Union's FP7). Learn more about the W3C Mobile Web for Social Development Interest Group and the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.

Online Training Course: An Introduction to W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices

2009-05-25: W3C announces today an extended and improved version of its online course to introduce Web developers and designers to its Mobile Web Best Practices. The course runs from 1 June to 31 July 2009. Participants will:

Participants will have access to lectures and assignments that provide hands-on practical experience of using W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices. Participants will work with both W3C experts on this topic (the instructors) and peers who can share experiences about the real-world challenges of mobile Web design. More information is available about the course material (including a free sample), registration fee, and intended audience. Learn more about the Mobile Web Initiative.

W3C Rescinds Four Proposed Edited Recommendations for XHTML Documents

2009-05-19: In response to comments about potential unresolved issues on four Proposed Edited Recommendations published earlier this month, W3C has rescinded the drafts and closed the review period. The rescinded drafts are:

The W3C Process indicates that Proposed Edited Recommendations must formally address all issues raised about the documents since the previous Recommendations. Open issues against the XHTML documents were not cited during the process of deciding to advance the documents. The XHTML2 Working Group may request publication of the four Proposed Edited Recommendations later on, based on proper review of outstanding issues. The decision to rescind these specifications has no bearing on existing Recommendations for these technologies.

W3C to Participate in SVG Open 2009

2009-05-13: W3C will again this year sponsor SVG Open 2009, the 7th international conference on Scalable Vector Graphics, hosted by Google in Mountain View, California on 2-4 October 2009. SVG Open provides an opportunity for designers, developers and implementers to share ideas, experiences, products and strategies. Members of the W3C SVG Working Group will be attending and presenting at the conference, which will include a Working Group panel session on future SVG developments. A day of workshops will also be scheduled adjacent to the main conference. The conference organizers have indicated that proposals for presentation abstracts and course outlines are welcome through 15 May. Learn more about the W3C Graphics Activity.

Service Modeling Standards Extend Reach of XML Family

2009-05-12: Today W3C announces new standards that make it possible to use XML tools to improve the quality of increasingly sophisticated systems and services built from the XML family of standards. Now developers can validate sets of XML documents, either in place, using Service Modeling Language 1.1 (SML), or as a package, using SML Interchange Format 1.1 (SML-IF). Read the press release and testimonials, and learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

Four XHTML Documents Published as Proposed Edited Recommendations

2009-05-07: The XHTML2 Working Group has published four Proposed Edited Recommendations:

These updates incorporate known errata; each document links to a list of changes. The review period is open until 4 June. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

W3C Invites Implementations of W3C XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) 1.1

2009-05-04: The XML Schema Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) 1.1. The specification consists of Part 1: Structures and Part 2: Datatypes. XSD provides tools for describing the structure of XML content and constraining the contents of XML documents. Part 2 provides tools for defining datatypes (dates, times, numbers, strings, etc.) to be used in XML Schemas as well as other XML specifications. Information about changes to structures and changes to datatypes since XML Schema 1.0 is available. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

W3C Organizes Workshop on using Ink in Multimodal Applications

2009-05-01: W3C invites people to participate in a Workshop on using Ink in Multimodal Applications within the W3C's Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces on 10-11 July 2009 in Grand Bend, Ontario (Canada), hosted by the University of Western Ontario. The goal of the Workshop is to help the Multimodal Interaction Working Group integrate handwriting modality components (Ink Modality Components) into the MMI Architecture and clarify what should be added to the Multimodal specifications to enable applications to adapt to various modality combinations including Ink. Attendees will discuss requirements for changes, extensions and additions to Ink standards especially in Multimodal Applications developed based on the W3C's MMI Architecture as a means of making InkML more useful in current and emerging markets. Position papers are due 1 June 2009. Read about the Ink Markup Language (InkML) and W3C's Multimodal Interaction Activity.