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New W3C member in the Benelux: UCL – Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

13 November 2006: W3C Benelux is happy to announce that the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) has joined W3C by 8 November 2006. Jean Vanderdonckt is now member of the W3C Advisory Committee on behalf of UCL.
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New W3C member in the Benelux: Satis Superque Merce (The Netherlands)

2006-10-04: W3C Benelux is happy to announce that the Satis Superque Merce B.V. (Leiden, The Netherlands) has joined W3C by 2006-04-10. Dirk-Willem van Gulik is now member of the W3C Advisory Committee on behalf of Satis.
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XInclude 1.0 Second Edition Is a W3C Recommendation

2006-11-15: Today the World Web Consortium released XML Inclusions (XInclude) Version 1.0 Second Edition as a Recommendation. Produced as a convenience to readers, the second edition is intended to correct all known errata in the 2004 XInclude 1.0 Recommendation. XInclude is a generic mechanism for merging XML documents (information sets) using existing XML constructs elements, attributes and URI references. Visit the XML home page.

Mobile Web Webinar 20 November

2006-11-10: Join us for a free W3C Webinar where you will learn how to mobilize your Web content. Dominique Hazaël-Massieux (W3C) will present documents and tools provided by the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group including best practices, techniques, plans for the future mobileOK mark, and a demonstration of the best practices checker. The webinar will be held on 20 November at 10:00 a.m. UTC. Please register and visit the Mobile Web Initiative home page. (News archive)

Mobile Web Seminar in Paris

Mobile Web Initiative 2006-11-16: Today, W3C holds a Mobile Web Seminar in Paris, France, about the use of the Web while on the move: the mobile Web. The speakers on 16 November include representatives of Mobile Web Initiative sponsors such as Bango, France Telecom, Jataayu Software, MobileAware, mTLD, Opera Software, and Vodafone, as well as W3C-MWI representatives. Read about the Mobile Web Initiative, a joint effort by authoring tool vendors, content providers, handset manufacturers, browser vendors and mobile operators.

Mobile Web Best Practices Is a Proposed Recommendation

2006-11-02: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 to Proposed Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 11 December. Written for designers of Web sites and content management systems, these guidelines describe how to author Web content that works well on mobile devices. Thirty organizations participating in the Mobile Web Initiative achieved consensus and encourage adoption and implementation of these guidelines to improve user experience and to achieve the goal of "one Web." Read about the Mobile Web Initiative.

Internationalization Tag Set Is a Candidate Recommendation

2006-11-02: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 1.0 to Candidate Recommendation. Organized by data categories, the ITS set of elements and attributes supports the internationalization and localization of schemas and documents. Implementations are provided for DTDs, XML Schema and Relax NG, and can be used with new or existing vocabularies like XHTML, DocBook and OpenDocument. Comments are welcome through 10 December. Visit the Internationalization home page.

W3C Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary in Asia

2006-10-26: The World Wide Web Consortium marks the ten year anniversary of its Asian presence with a public celebration on 28 November in Tokyo, Japan. The program includes "Role of W3C at Keio - From Foundations to the Future," "How Japanese Industry Works with Web Standards," "How Asia Will Influence the Future Web," discussion, and an exhibition, press briefing and reception. Advance registration is required. Read the media advisory and more about W3C10 Asia.

Third Workshop on Internationalizing SSML: Advance Notice

2006-10-25: W3C plans a third Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) on 13-14 January 2007, hosted by Bhrigus Software in Hyderabad, India. Attendees will discuss improvements for using SSML to render under-represented languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Hindi. A Call for Participation is expected in November. Read about W3C Workshops and visit the Voice Browser home page.

Web of Services for Enterprise Computing: Call for Participation

2006-10-20: Position papers are due 15 December for the Workshop on Web of Services for Enterprise Computing to be held 27-28 February 2007 in Bedford, MA, USA, hosted by MITRE. Participants will discuss how to facilitate the processing of business transactions and interactions with systems that pre-date the Web, and to address the need to interconnect intranet and/or extranet services using Web technologies. Read about Workshops and W3C Activities.

Delivery Context Interfaces (DCI) Is a Candidate Recommendation

2006-10-19: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Delivery Context: Interfaces (DCI) Accessing Static and Dynamic Properties to Candidate Recommendation. DCI provides access to device properties including capabilities, configuration, user preferences and environmental conditions such as remaining battery life, signal strength, ambient brightness, location, and display orientation. Comments are welcome through 31 March 2007. Read about the Device Independence Activity.

WebCGM 2.0 Is a Proposed Recommendation

2006-10-17: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of WebCGM 2.0 to Proposed Recommendation. Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) is an ISO standard for the interchange of 2D vector and mixed vector/raster graphics. WebCGM is a profile of CGM, which adds Web linking and is optimized for Web applications in technical illustration, documentation, data visualization and similar fields. Version 2.0 adds DOM access to WebCGM objects, adds an XML Companion File (XCF) for external data, and extends graphical and intelligent content. Comments are welcome through 30 November. Implementations of WebCGM 2.0 are already available. Read about WebCGM.

Secure Browsing Initiative Launched

2006-10-17: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Web Security Context Working Group whose mission is to enable a secure and usable interface so Web users can make safe trust decisions on the Web. "There is much deployed and proven security technology, but we now need to connect it all the way through to the Web user," said Tim Berners-Lee (W3C). Mary Ellen Zurko (IBM) chairs the group which is chartered to establish requirements and deliver standards for presenting essential security information to users and for ensuring the integrity of that information. Read the press release and more about the Security Activity.

W3C Renews Commitment to XML

2006-10-12: W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity. "W3C created, developed and continues to maintain the enormously successful XML family of specifications for supporting and interchanging text, graphics, protocols, voice, music, math, programming, user interfaces, Web services and more," said Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead. The XML Activity's nine groups maintain stability and backwards compatibility, make improvements to encourage interoperability, and bring new communities to XML. Join W3C and visit the XML home page.

XSL 1.1 Is a Proposed Recommendation: Call for Review

2006-10-06: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.1 to Proposed Recommendation. Version 1.1 updates and enhances the XSL 1.0 Recommendation for change marks, indexes, multiple flows, and bookmarks, and extends support for graphics scaling, markers, and page numbers. The change list since Candidate Recommendation is available. Comments are welcome through 3 November. Read about the XML Activity.

Mauro Nunez Named North American Business Manager

2006-10-05: W3C has named Mauro Nunez to North American Business Manager. Mauro coordinates financial matters at MIT and across the Consortium and contributes to Membership, legal, policy and other operational areas. A Fulbright Scholar, Mauro founded and ran a business in Boston, MA, USA, and served as Director of Finance at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Valparaíso, Chile. Read more about W3C and its Management team.