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Cascading Style Sheets Standard Boasts Unprecedented Interoperability

07 June 2011 | Archive

W3C announced new levels of support today for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language for adding style to Web content. W3C released an update to the core CSS standard, CSS 2.1, to reflect the current state of support for CSS features, and to serve as the stable foundation for future extensions. CSS has been in widespread use as an Open Web technology for more than a decade, but it took many years for implementations and the specification to converge. The collective efforts of the CSS Working Group, implementers, contributors to the CSS Test Suite, and the W3C CSS community have made interoperable CSS a reality for the Open Web. More than 9000 CSS tests have made it easier for designers to create style sheets that work across browsers, and across devices. "This publication crowns a long effort to achieve very broad interoperability," said Bert Bos, co-inventor of CSS and co-Editor of CSS 2.1." Now we can turn our attention to the cool features we've been itching to bring to the Web." The CSS Working Group also published two other Recommendations today: CSS Color Module Level 3 and A MathML for CSS Profile. Read the press release and testimonials, and learn more about Cascading Style Sheets.

Joint Workshop on Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development Report Available

07 July 2011 | Archive

W3C together with the Web Foundation today published the report from the W3C/Web Foundation Workshop on Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June. The large and diverse group representing more than 30 different nationalities had engaging discussions on voice-based services for underprivileged communities, mobile entrepreneurship and data collection tools. The results of these discussions, as well as the actions identified will be investigated by the W3C Mobile Web for Social Development Interest Group and the Web Foundation.

W3C and the Web Foundation thanks the participants and appreciates the support of the Workshop sponsors: Spider (Gold Sponsor), Twaweza (Gold Sponsor) and Comviva (silver sponsor).

First Draft of XML Encryption 1.1 CipherReference Processing using 2.0 Transforms Specification Published

07 July 2011 | Archive

The XML Security Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of "XML Encryption 1.1 CipherReference Processing using 2.0 Transforms" specification. This specification brings the benefits of the XML Signature 2.0 transform processing model to XML Encryption, reducing the attack surface and simplifying the processing model. Related 2.0 specifications are in Last Call, including XML Signature 2.0, Canonical XML 2.0 and the XML Signature Streaming Profile of XPath 1.0. The XML Security WG also has 1.1 specifications in Candidate Recommendation, including XML Signature 1.1, XML Encryption 1.1, XML Signature Properties, and XML Security Generic Hybrid Ciphers.

To address patent disclosures related to the XML Signature 1.1 and 2.0 and XML Encryption 1.1 specifications, W3C has chartered a Patent Advisory Group that is in progress. Learn more about W3C's Security Activity.

Ontology for Media Resources 1.0 is a W3C Candidate Recommendation

07 July 2011 | Archive

The Media Annotations Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation Ontology for Media Resources 1.0. This document defines the Ontology for Media Resources 1.0. The term "Ontology" is used in its broadest possible definition: a core vocabulary. The intent of this vocabulary is to bridge the different descriptions of media resources, and provide a core set of descriptive properties. This document defines a core set of metadata properties for media resources, along with their mappings to elements from a set of existing metadata formats. Besides that, the document presents a Semantic Web compatible implementation of the abstract ontology using RDF/OWL. The document is mostly targeted towards media resources available on the Web, as opposed to media resources that are only accessible in local repositories. See the group's Media Ontology Test Suite. Learn more about the Video in the Web Activity.

Voice Browser Call Control: CCXML Version 1.0 is a W3C Recomendation

05 July 2011 | Archive

The Voice Browser Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of Voice Browser Call Control: CCXML Version 1.0. The Call Control Extensible Markup Language (CCXML) provides declarative markup to describe telephony call control. CCXML can be used in conjunction with a dialog system such as VoiceXML. Learn more about the Voice Browser Activity.

Working with Time Zones Published as an updated Working Group Note

05 July 2011 | Archive

The Internationalization (I18N) Core Working Group has published an updated version of Working with Time Zones as a Working Group Note. Date and time values can be complex and the relationship between computer and human timekeeping systems can lead to problems. The working group has updated this version to contain more comprehensive guidelines and best practices for working with time and time zones in applications and document formats. Use cases are provided to help choose an approach that ensures that geographically distributed applications work well. This document also aims to provide a basic understanding and vocabulary for talking about time and time handling in software. Learn more about the Internationalization Activity.

CSS3 Ruby Module Draft Published

30 June 2011 | Archive

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Working Draft of CSS3 Ruby Module. "Ruby" are short runs of text alongside the base text, typically used in East Asian documents to indicate pronunciation or to provide a short annotation. This document proposes a set of CSS properties associated with the 'Ruby' elements. They can be used in combination with the Ruby elements of HTML. Learn more about the Style Activity.

First Draft of DeviceOrientation Event Specification Published

28 June 2011 | Archive

The Geolocation Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of DeviceOrientation Event Specification. This specification defines several new DOM event types that provide information about the physical orientation and motion of a hosting device. Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.

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