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Video on the Web in Brussels and San Jose: Call for Participation

2007-11-12: Position papers are due 21 November for the Workshop on Video on the Web on 12-13 December 2007 in San Jose, California, USA, hosted by Cisco Systems. This workshop will be simultaneously held in Brussels via live stream video. The Workshop goal is to help make video a first class Web citizen. Attendees will discuss topics such as the impact of video on the Web, user experience, search, accessibility, parental control, video production, description, digital rights, adaptation, mobile access, Web architecture, scalability, formats and delivery. Read more at

Steve Bratt Delivers Three Talks and Receives Honor in Beijing

Steve Bratt Receiving Honorary Professorship at Beihang University2007-11-30: On 28 November, W3C Chief Executive Officer Steve Bratt delivered two talks — a keynote entitled "The World Wide Web Needs World Wide Standards" and an overview of W3C's standards work — at the 2007 Open Standards International Conference in Beijing, China. Today he gave an invited lecture on "Now and Future Web Technologies" at Beihang University in Beijing, where he was appointed Guest Professor by University President Li Wei and Professor and Executive Vice President Huai Jinpeng. Read also about the W3C Office in Beijing.

W3C Invites Implementations of XForms 1.1 (Candidate Recommendation)

2007-11-29: The Forms Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of XForms 1.1. XForms is an XML application that represents the next generation of forms for the Web. An XForms-based Web form gathers and processes XML data using an architecture that separates presentation, purpose and content. XForms is not a free-standing document type, but is intended to be integrated into other markup languages, such as XHTML, ODF, or SVG. The Working Group invites implementation experience of this technology from the community; see also the group's wiki for tracking XForms 1.1 implementations. Learn more about the XForms Activity.

W3C Opens Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group

2007-11-29: W3C is pleased to announce the reopening of the Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group (XG). The mission of this new instance of the XG is to propose a specification draft for an Emotion Markup Language, to document it in a way accessible to non-experts, and to illustrate its use in conjunction with a number of existing markups. Note that this document would not be a standards-track document until W3C charters a Working Group to develop it as a W3C Recommendation. The XG is sponsored by W3C Members DFKI; Deutsche Telekom T-Com; Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Lab; Loquendo, S.p.A.; Chinese Academy of Sciences; and SRI International. W3C Members may use this form to join the group. Read the final report of the original Emotion XG and the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies. (Permalink)

Summary of Workshop on Advanced Requirements for the Multimodal Framework

photo of MMI Workshop2007-11-28: W3C has published a summary and full minutes of the Workshop on W3C's Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces , organized by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group in Fujisawa, Japan on 16-17 November. Participants from 17 organizations generated a list of requirements on the current MMI Architecture. The Working Group will review the list as a basis for improvements to the Multimodal Framework. Visit the Multimodal Interaction home page.

W3C Seeks Community Support for HTML Design Principles (First Public Working Draft)

2007-11-26: The HTML Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of HTML Design Principles. This document describes the set of guiding principles used by the HTML Working Group for the development of HTML5, expected to define the fifth major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web. These design principles are an attempt to capture consensus on design approach in the areas of compatibility, utility, interoperability, and universal access. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

W3C MobileOK To Help Make Web Sites Mobile Friendly

2007-11-13: Today, W3C provides new means for people to create and find mobile friendly content. W3C invites Web authors to run the alpha release of the W3C mobileOK checker and make their content work on a broad range of mobile devices. The checker runs the tests defined in the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 Candidate Recommendation. Read the press release and testimonials, and come see W3C at Mobile Internet World in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 Advances to Candidate Recommendation

2007-11-13: The Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0. This document defines the tests that provide the basis for making a claim of W3C mobileOK Basic conformance and are based on W3C Mobile Web Best Practices. You are invited to use the alpha version of the W3C mobileOK Checker to test your content. Read the press release and learn more about the Mobile Web Initiative Activity.

Three SPARQL Proposed Recommendations: SPARQL Query Language for RDF; Query Results XML Format; Protocol for RDF

2007-11-13: The RDF Data Access Working Group has published three SPARQL Proposed Recommendations: SPARQL Query Language for RDF, SPARQL Query Results XML Format, and SPARQL Protocol for RDF. The first specification defines the syntax and semantics of the SPARQL query language for RDF. SPARQL can be used to express queries across diverse data sources, whether the data is stored natively as RDF or viewed as RDF via middleware. The results of SPARQL queries can be results sets or RDF graphs; the second specification defines an XML format for the variable binding and boolean results formats. The third specification uses WSDL 2.0 to describe an HTTP protocol for conveying SPARQL queries to an SPARQL query processing service and returning the query results to the party that made the request. Comments are welcome through 10 December. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.

W3C Community Convenes at TPAC 2007 to Discuss Web Future

Boston Skyline2007-11-07: Authors of the next version of HTML mix it up with Semantic Web developers, security experts, Web accessibility advocates, and the media on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Over 400 experts from around the world will participate in a compelling Plenary Day Program (TPAC) where they will address issues shaping the future of the Web. The program includes a panel on the growing relationships between W3C and the at-large developer community, the challenges HTML5 and XHTML2 propose to solve, and W3C's emerging vision of what's needed for video on the Web. The day culminates with a talk by W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee: "Cracks and Mortar", a review of the Web to date and a close look at the gaps for signs of both wear and opportunity. Press are invited to the event; see the press release and contact