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XML Base Proposed Edited Recommendation: Call for Review

2006-12-20: The XML Core Working Group has published a Proposed Edited Recommendation for XML Base (Second Edition). XML Base describes a facility, similar to that of HTML BASE, for defining base URIs for parts of XML documents. Comments are welcome through 31 January 2007. Visit the XML Core home page.

W3C Celebrates Ten Years with Style

2006-12-19: Ten years ago, on 17 December 1996, W3C published the first standard for style on the Web: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), level 1. CSS Web designers have since enjoyed fine-grain control of page appearance (fonts, colors, layout, margins, etc.) and easier page design and maintenance. CSS can also help make pages more adaptable to more users, including users with mobile devices and some users with disabilities. To celebrate this tenth anniversary, W3C invites developers to propose their favorite CSS designs for the CSS10 Gallery. Learn more about CSS from the CSS10 pages, the press release, and the CSS home page.

SOAP 1.2 Proposed Edited Recommendations: Call for Review

2006-12-19: The XML Protocol Working Group has published four Proposed Edited Recommendations of SOAP 1.2, all Second Editions: Part 0: Primer, Part 1: Messaging Framework, Part 2: Adjuncts, and Specification Assertions and Test Collection. SOAP Version 1.2 provides the definition of the XML-based information that can be used for exchanging structured and typed information between peers in a decentralized, distributed environment. Comments are welcome through 2 February 2007. Visit the XML Protocol home page.

Keeping Privacy Promises: Privacy Workshop Report

2006-12-14: A W3C Privacy Workshop Report recommending next steps for keeping privacy promises when exchanging sensitive information on the Web is now available. In October 2006, privacy and access control experts from America, Australia, Asia and Europe met to study Web privacy issues and solutions. Please read the press release about the results of the W3C Workshop on Languages for Privacy Policy Negotiation and Semantics-Driven Enforcement, hosted by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission.

XSL-FO 1.1 Standard Enhances High Quality XML Formatting

2006-12-05: Today the World Web Consortium released Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.1 as a W3C Recommendation. Version 1.1 adds new functionality to the XSL 1.0 Recommendation for change marks, indexes, multiple flows, and bookmarks, and extends support for graphics scaling, markers and page numbers. A change list is available. Read the press release and testimonials and about the XML Activity.

Mobile Testing, Device Description Groups Launched

2006-12-05: Advancing its goal to make browsing the Web from mobile devices a reality, W3C is pleased to announce the launch of two groups: The MWI Device Description Working Group is chaired by Rotan Hanrahan (MobileAware) and is rechartered to enable the development of globally accessible data and service repositories for use in content adaptation. The new MWI Test Suites Working Group is chaired by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux (W3C) and Carmelo Montanez (NIST) and is chartered to enable conformance testing for mobile Web user agents. Participation is open to W3C Members. Read about the Mobile Web Initiative.

XSLT 2.0, XML Query and XPath 2.0 Are Proposed Recommendations

2006-11-22: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of XML Query 1.0, XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0 and supporting documents to Proposed Recommendations. XSLT transforms documents into different markup or formats. Important for databases, search engines and object repositories, XML Query can perform searches, queries and joins over collections of documents. Both XSLT 2 and XQuery use XPath expressions and operate on XPath Data Model instances. Today's drafts incorporate changes since Candidate Recommendation and move the xdt:* types to the XML Schema xs namespace, a change made in conjunction with the XML Schema Working Group. Comments are welcome through 31 December. Visit the XML home page.

European W3C Symposium on eGovernment: Advance Notice

2006-11-20: The European W3C Symposium on eGovernment will be held on 1-2 February 2007, in Gijón, Asturias, Spain. The symposium is organized by the W3C Spanish Office and Fundación CTIC, and supported by the Principality of Asturias Government. Attendees will discuss specific government and citizens' needs related to eGovernment services, identify aspects that put Web interoperability at risk and find how governments can deliver better and more efficient services through computer technologies. Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available. In order to establish better communication about Web technologies for eGovernment W3C plans a possible series of which this is the first event. (Permalink)

Timed Text Distribution Profile Is a Candidate Recommendation

2006-11-16: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Timed Text (TT) Authoring Format 1.0 - Distribution Format Exchange Profile (DFXP) to Candidate Recommendation. The format enables authors and authoring systems to interchange style, layout and timing associated with text. DFXP helps to transform and distribute subtitles and captions to legacy systems. Comments are welcome through 16 February 2007. W3C encourages developers to implement the specification and share their experience with the Timed Text Working Group. (Permalink)