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November - novembre - november 2003

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PNG Second Edition Is a W3C Recommendation

2003-11-10: The World Wide Web Consortium today released the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Specification (Second Edition) as a W3C Recommendation. The document has also become an International Standard, ISO/IEC 15948:2003. PNG is a graphics file format for raster images. Indexed-color, grayscale, and truecolor images are supported plus an optional alpha channel. Read more about the Graphics Activity.

XML 1.1 and Namespaces in XML 1.1 Are W3C Proposed Recommendations

2003-11-05: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.1 and Namespaces in XML 1.1 to Proposed Recommendations. Comments are welcome through 5 December. XML 1.1 addresses Unicode, control character, and line ending issues. Namespaces 1.1 incorporates errata corrections and provides a mechanism to undeclare prefixes. Read about the XML Activity.

W3C Requests '906 Patent Re-Examination

2003-10-29: Acting on the advice of the W3C HTML Patent Advisory Group, W3C has presented the United States Patent and Trademark Office with prior art establishing that US Patent No. 5,838,906 (the '906 patent) is invalid. W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee has written an unprecedented request to James E. Rogan, US Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, to take action to remove the patent to allow operation of the Web. Please refer to the briefing.

XML 1.0 Third Edition Is a Proposed Edited Recommendation

2003-10-30: The XML Core Working Group has published the Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 Third Edition as a Proposed Edited Recommendation. The third edition is not a new version of XML. It brings the XML 1.0 Recommendation up to date with second edition errata, and clarifies its use of RFC 2119 key words like must, should and may. Comments are welcome through 1 December. Visit the XML home page.

New W3C Prospectus published

2003-10-30: Due to the great work of Susan Lesch, the 'prospectus' pages of W3C have changed significantly. See: One of the sub-entries is specifically about joining. Note that submission for membership is now made much easier using an interactive form: (linked from the joining pages).