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W3C Invites Community Discussion at WWW2008 Track

World Wide Web Conference: Beijing 2008. One World, One Web2008-03-18: W3C invites WWW2008 conference attendees to discuss pressing Web issues at the W3C Track in Beijing, China, on 23-24 April. Chaired by Marie-Claire Forgue, W3C track will present nearly 25 topics, some of them are related to the Internet use in China; read the press release. In addition to the W3C Track, Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web, will give a keynote titled "The Future of Web Applications" on Thursday, 24 April. A press conference with Tim Berners-Lee is scheduled on Wednesday 23 April at the Beijing International Convention Center; more details will be available on the W3C track page.

W3C Staff to Participate in Research on Privacy and Identity Management

2008-03-27: Privacy assures autonomy of the individual, a necessary precondition for a democratic society. W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the PrimeLife research project. W3C Staff members Thomas Roessler and Rigo Wenning will participate in this three-year, 10 Million Euro multi-partner research effort. The goal of the project is to develop scalable tools to help people protect their privacy and manage their identities in new and emerging services and applications (such as virtual communities and collaborative applications). Read more about the W3C Policy Languages Interest Group.

Internationalization Tag Set Interest Group Launched

2008-03-26: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Interest Group, chaired by Yves Savourel (ENLASO Corporation). The ITS IG is a forum to foster a community of users of the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS), by promoting its adoption, and gathering information on its further development. The ITS defines data categories that may be used with schemas to support the internationalization and localization of schemas and documents. Participation in the new ITS IG is open to W3C Members and the public. Read about the W3C Internationalization Activity.

Call for Review: XML Signature Syntax and Processing (Second Edition) Proposed Edited Recommendation

2008-03-26: The XML Security Specifications Maintenance Working Group has published the Proposed Edited Recommendation of XML Signature Syntax and Processing (Second Edition). This document specifies XML digital signature processing rules and syntax. XML Signatures provide integrity, message authentication, and/or signer authentication services for data of any type, whether located within the XML that includes the signature or elsewhere. Read the list of changes and the implementation report. Comments are welcome through 30 April. Learn more about the Security Activity.

Call for Review: XML Base (Second Edition) Proposed Edited Recommendation

2008-03-20: The XML Core Working Group has published the Proposed Edited Recommendation of XML Base (Second Edition). This document describes a facility, similar to that of HTML BASE, for defining base URIs for parts of XML documents. All changes to the document are recorded in the XML Base Errata document. Comments are welcome through 30 June. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

SVG Open 2008 Conference and Exhibition

SVG 2008-03-17: SVG Open 2008, the 6th International Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics, will be held at the Maritim Hotel conference center in Nuremberg, Germany on 26-28 August 2008, with additional workshops on 29 August. Co-sponsored by W3C, the SVG Open conference series is the premier forum for SVG designers, developers, and implementors to share ideas, experiences, products, and strategies. The W3C SVG Working Group and W3C staff members Chris Lilley and Doug Schepers will participate. Proposals for presentation abstracts and course outlines are welcome through 31 March. Early-bird registration is now open, with a 25% discount for W3C Members. Learn more about the W3C Graphics Activity

Mauro Nunez Named W3C Business Manager

Mauro Nunez2008-03-16: W3C has named Mauro Nunez W3C Business Manager. This is a broadening of his initial position as North American Business Manager, and incorporates the already broader role that Mauro has assumed at the Consortium since he was hired in October 2006. Mauro's primary objective will be to foster a business and operating environment that is cost-effective, productive and positive, across all W3C operating locations. Please join us in congratulating Mauro on his new role at W3C.

W3C Invites Implementations of XQuery Update Facility 1.0 (Candidate Recommendation)

2008-03-14: The XML Query Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of XQuery Update Facility 1.0. This document defines an update facility that extends the XML Query language, XQuery. The XQuery Update Facility provides expressions that can be used to make persistent changes (including node insertion, deletion, modification, and creation) to instances of the XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model. The Working Group also published today two additional documents that will become Working Group notes: XQuery Update Facility 1.0 Requirements and XQuery Update Facility 1.0 Use Cases. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0: Comments Welcome on First Public Working Draft

2008-03-13: The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a first public Working Draft of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0. UAAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of browsers and media players and their interoperability with assistive technologies. It will cover more advanced Web technologies than UAAG 1.0. Read the invitation to review the UAAG 2.0 Working Draft and about the Web Accessibility Initiative.

Mobile Technologies for Sustaining Development Focus of Workshop

Use of mobile technology in rural setting in the Philippines2008-03-11: W3C invites people to participate in a Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development in SÃŁo Paulo, Brazil, on 2-3 June 2008. W3C intends for this public Workshop to be a multidisciplinary forum where mobile and Web technology experts, NGO specialists, and egovernment representatives gather to learn more about the specific needs, expectations, and challenges of deploying services for underprivileged populations. Position papers are due 20 April. Read the press release and learn more about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) and the Digital World Forum project.

RDB2RDF Incubator Group to Study Mapping Relational Data into RDF

2008-03-05: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the RDB2RDF Incubator Group, sponsored by W3C Members Oracle, HP, PartnersHealthcare, and OpenLink Software. The mission of this Incubator Group is twofold: (1) to examine and classify existing approaches to mapping relational data into RDF and assess whether standardization is possible and/or necessary in this area, and (2) to examine and classify existing approaches to mapping OWL classes to Relational data, or, more accurately, SQL queries, moving towards the goal of defining a standard in this area. See the charter for more information. Read more about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies.