Pointer Lock is a Candidate Recommendation; First Draft of Manifest for web apps and bookmarks

17 December 2013 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group published three documents today:

  • A Candidate Recommendation of Pointer Lock, which defines an API that provides scripted access to raw mouse movement data while locking the target of mouse events to a single element and removing the cursor from view. This is an essential input mode for certain classes of applications, especially first person perspective 3D applications and 3D modelling software.
  • A First Public Working Draft of Manifest for web apps and bookmarks, which provides developers with a centralized place to put metadata about a web application. This includes, amongst other things, the ability to specify the name of the web application, links to icons, as well as the preferred URL at which the web application should open when it is launched by the user.
  • A Working Draft of Input Method Editor API, which defines an input method editor (IME) API for Web applications. An IME is an application that allows a standard keyboard (such as a US-101 keyboard) to be used to type characters and symbols that are not directly represented on the keyboard itself. In China, Japan, and Korea, IMEs are used ubiquitously to enable standard keyboards to be employed to type the very large number of characters required for writing in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Learn how to program Web applications with W3C’s Mobile Web 2 online course

8 January 2014 | Archive

Registration is open for W3C’s online course Mobile Web 2: Programming Applications. The course starts 13 January 2014 and runs through 23 February. This course covers all techniques for programming successful mobile Web applications that can ship both online and in application stores. Participants have access to high quality content material and step-by-step instruction from expert Niall Roche. Learn more about W3DevCampus, W3C’s online training for Web developers.

Introduction to Model-Based User Interfaces and MBUI Glossary Published as Group Notes

7 January 2014 | Archive

The MBUI Working Group has published two Working Group Notes.

  • Introduction to Model-Based User Interfaces, as an introduction to Model-Based User Interfaces covering the benefits and shortcomings of the model-based approach, a collection of use cases, and terminology.
  • MBUI – Glossary, a glossary of terms recurrent in the Model-based User Interfaces domain. It is intended to capture a common, coherent terminology for specifications of the MBUI Working Group and to provide a concise reference of domain terms for interested audience.

Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.

Last Call: Compositing and Blending Level 1

7 January 2014 | Archive

The CSS Working Group and the SVG Working Group have published a Last Call Working Draft of Compositing and Blending Level 1. Compositing describes how shapes of different elements are combined into a single image. Previous versions of SVG and CSS used Simple Alpha Compositing. In this model, each element is rendered into its own buffer and is then merged with its backdrop using the Porter Duff source-over operator. This specification defines a new compositing model that expands upon the Simple Alpha Compositing model by offering additional Porter Duff compositing operators; advanced blending modes which allow control of how colors mix in the areas where shapes overlap; and compositing groups. In addition, this specification defines CSS properties for blending and group isolation, and defines the ‘globalcompositeoperation’ as specified in HTML Canvas 2D Context, Level 2. Comments are welcome by 28 January 2014. Learn more about the Style Activity and the Graphics Activity.

Easy Checks: A First Review of Web Accessibility Updated Draft

20 December 2013 | Archive

The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published an updated draft of the WAI resource Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility. Easy Checks helps you assess if a Web page addresses accessibility. It provides simple steps for anyone who can use the Web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive. Learn about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

W3C at CeBIT 2014

20 December 2013 | Archive

W3C will be present at CeBIT 2014, in Hannover, Germany. The main topic of CeBIT 2014 is Datability which relates in many ways to upcoming W3C work e.g. in the W3C Data Activity and the Web of Things. W3C is looking forward to meeting you on 11 March, at the DFKI booth. Consider to schedule a meeting with:

Meeting slots are limited and decided on a first come, first served basis.

W3C Workshop: New Horizons for the Multilingual Web

18 December 2013 | Archive

W3C announced today the seventh MultilingualWeb workshop in a series of events exploring the mechanisms and processes needed to ensure that the World Wide Web lives up to its potential around the world and across barriers of language and culture. To be held 7-8 May 2014 in Madrid, this workshop is made possible by the generous support of the LIDER project. As part of the event, LIDER will organize a roadmapping workshop on linked data and content analytics. Anyone may attend all sessions at no charge and the W3C welcomes participation by both speakers and non-speaking attendees. Early registration is encouraged due to limited space.

Building on the success of six highly regarded previous workshops, this workshop will emphasize new technology developments that may lead to new opportunities for the Multilingual Web. The workshop brings together participants interested in the best practices and standards needed to help content creators, localizers, language tools developers, and others meet the challenges of the multilingual Web. It provides further opportunities for networking across communities that span the various aspects involved. We are particularly interested in speakers who can demonstrate novel solutions for reaching out to a global, multilingual audience. Registration is available online.

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