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W3C Launches XML Binary Characterization Working Group

2004-03-29: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the XML Binary Characterization Working Group in the XML Activity. Robin Berjon (Expway) chairs. Chartered for a year, the group will analyze and develop use cases and measurements for alternate encodings of XML. Its goal is to determine if serialized binary XML transmission and formats are feasible. Participation is open to W3C Members. Read about the XML Activity.

W3C HTML Patent Advisory Group Final Report Published

2004-03-22: The W3C HTML Patent Advisory Group (PAG) has published its final report. The PAG was chartered in 2003 to study HTML specification issues raised by the court case of Eolas v. Microsoft and US Patent 5,838,906. The HTML PAG recommended that the W3C Director contact the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and request a reexamination which is underway. The USPTO made a preliminary report rejecting all claims. Visit the HTML home page.

XML Schema Second Edition Is a Proposed Edited Recommendation

2004-03-18: The XML Schema Working Group has released a Proposed Edited Recommendation for XML Schema Second Edition in three parts: Part 0: Primer, Part 1: Structures, Part 2: Datatypes. The second edition is not a new version; its purpose is to correct errors in the XML Schema Recommendation. XML schemas define shared markup vocabularies and the structure of XML documents using those vocabularies, using a modular approach well-suited to distributed applications. Comments are welcome through 16 April. Visit the XML home page.

VoiceXML 2.0 and Speech Recognition Grammar Are W3C Recommendations

2004-03-16: The World Wide Web Consortium today released two W3C Recommendations written for the world's estimated two billion fixed line and mobile phones. The Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0 uses XML to bring speech, touch-tone input, digitized audio, recording and computer-human conversations to the Web from any telephone. The Speech Recognition Grammar Specification Version 1.0 is key to VoiceXML's support for speech recognition, and is used by developers to describe end-users' responses to spoken prompts. Read the press release and testimonials and visit the Voice Browser home page.

W3C Launches Phase 2 of Semantic Web Activity

2004-03-10: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of phase two of the Semantic Web Activity. The W3C Membership approved two new Working Groups, the Best Practices and Deployment and RDF Data Access. They join the existing RDF Core and Web Ontology Working Groups and the Semantic Web Interest Group and Coordination Group. Participation is open to W3C Members. A continuation of the World Wide Web, the Semantic Web gives data precise meaning, allowing people and computers to cooperate fully. Visit the Semantic Web home page.

W3C Co-Sponsors 25th Internationalization and Unicode Conference

2004-03-09: Registration is open for the 25th Internationalization and Unicode Conference to be held March 31-April 2 in Washington DC, USA. Come and meet W3C Team and Internationalization Working Group participants who are presenting. The event is the premier technical conference worldwide for software and Web internationalization. Read about Unicode and the W3C Internationalization Activity.

Call for Participation: SVG Open 2004, Tokyo, Japan

2004-03-08: The third annual SVG Open Conference and Exhibition will be held 7-10 September in Tokyo, Japan. Co-sponsored by W3C and hosted by Keio University, the SVG Open conference series is the premier forum for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) developers to share ideas, examples and implementations. Proposals are welcome through 16 April for course outlines and abstracts for papers. Opportunities are open now for booth exhibits and conference sponsorships. The W3C SVG Working Group and W3C's Chris Lilley will participate. Read about SVG.