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Invited talk by Steven Pemberton at CWI on 15 November

Steven Pemberton gives an invited talk entitled "A Declarative Approach to Services" at the "Service Oriented Computing Platform Seminar" on Thursday, 15 November 2007, at CWI (15:00-16:00) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
XForms is a recent technology from W3C. It arises from a redesign of HTML Forms, but despite that history, and its name, it can in fact do much more than just forms. Since it has a memory model, input, output and a calculation engine it is a declarative calculation engine, with direct access to documents and services over the network, making it ideally suited for service-oriented processing. This talk will introduce XForms and its architecture, show its applicability to services, demonstrate XForms in action, and discuss the effect on productivity that declarative approaches have compared with procedural approaches.

W3C Opens Brazil Office

2007-10-30: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the W3C Brazil Office, hosted by the (Brazilian Network Information Center) institute, in São Paulo, Brazil. Vagner Diniz is Office Manager. W3C looks forward to increasing interaction with the Portuguese-speaking community through this Office, its first in South America. The IT landscape in Brazil aligns with exciting current trends at W3C such as mobile Web, Web applications and video on the Web. Read the press release and visit the Offices home page.

XForms 1.0 Third Edition Is a W3C Recommendation

2007-10-29: The World Wide Web Consortium today released XForms 1.0 Third Edition as a Recommendation. The document responds to implementor feedback, brings the XForms 1.0 Recommendation up to date with second edition errata and reflects clarifications already implemented in XForms processors. XForms separates presentation and content, minimizes the need for scripting and round-trips to the server, and offers device independence. Visit the forms home page.

W3C Names Shadi Abou-Zahra WAI International Program Office Activity Lead

2007-10-26: W3C has named Shadi Abou-Zahra to the position of WAI International Program Office Activity Lead. The Activity's groups are responsible for education and outreach, coordination with research, general discussion on Web accessibility, coordination with the WAI Technical Activity, and WAI liaisons with other organizations including standards organizations. Shadi joined W3C in 2003. He coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and worked on the WAI-TIES Project, and currently with the WAI-AGE Project. Shadi will continue to lead development of the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) and chair the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG). W3C wishes to thank Judy Brewer who led the Activity, and continues her roles as Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative, and WAI Technical Activity Lead. Read more about WAI.

Tim Berners-Lee and One Web at Mobile Internet World

2007-10-23: Tim Berners-Lee (W3C) presents "Escaping the Walled Garden: Growing the Mobile Web with Open Standards" at Mobile Internet World, 13-15 November in Boston, MA, USA. W3C's Mobile Web Initiative holds a pre-conference Developers Summit on 13 November with initiative sponsors including Google, MobileAware, mTLD, Nokia, Opera Software, France Telecom Group and Vodafone to discuss the "One Web" vision and mobile standards. W3C hosts a media and analyst luncheon with the speakers on 14 November. Read the media advisory and about the Mobile Web Initiative.

Quality Assurance Activity Completes Its Work, QA Becomes the Q&A Weblog

2007-10-19: We thank the thousands of people who participated in the QA Activity which has completed its work and closed as of 18 October 2007. However, we anticipate further developing the dialog with the community; we welcome your comments on the Q&A Weblog. W3C will continue to maintain and develop tools, the most popular resources on We congratulate and thank Daniel Dardailler, Dominique Hazaël-Massieux and Karl Dubost of W3C who led the Activity, Lofton Henderson (OASIS), Lynne Rosenthal (NIST), Patrick Curran (Sun Microsystems), and Karl Dubost and Olivier Théreaux (W3C) who served as Chairs. Read the QA Activity Statement and visit the Q&A Weblog.

Video on the Web: Call for Participation

2007-10-17: 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. 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 about W3C Workshops.

W3C Technical Plenary Week Upcoming in Cambridge, USA

2007-10-16: W3C holds Technical Plenary Week on 5-10 November in Cambridge, MA, USA. A record 39 W3C Working Groups plus the Advisory Committee and Advisory Board hold face-to-face meetings and network about the future of the Web. For the first time, members of the media are invited to join Plenary Day on Wednesday, 7 November, when program includes the developer community, discussion of HTML5 and XHTML2, and video on the Web. Read the media advisory. W3C thanks platinum sponsors BEA, Cisco, IBM and Nokia for their generous support of this meeting. Registration is required. Join W3C and attend the next Technical Plenary planned for October 2008 in France (tentative).

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group Renewed

2007-10-04: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group. Daniel Appelquist (Vodafone) and Jo Rabin (mTLD) chair the group which is chartered to produce guidelines, checklists and best practice statements to enable the reach of the Web to be easily extended onto mobile devices. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.

Policy Languages Interest Group Launched

2007-10-03: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Policy Languages Interest Group (PLING), chaired by Marco Casassa-Mont (HP Labs) and Renato Iannella (NICTA). The group is chartered to discuss interoperability, requirements and related needs for integrating and computing the results when different policy languages used together, for example, OASIS XACML (eXtensible Access Control Markup Language), IETF Common Policy, and P3P (W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences). Participation is open to W3C Members and the public. Read about the Privacy Activity.