NEWSLETTER W3C Kantoor Benelux - Bureau W3C Bénélux - Benelux W3C Office

September - septembre - september 2004

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Massimo Marchiori Receives Technology Review TR100 Honor

Massimo Marchiori2004-09-20: Massimo Marchiori, W3C Research Scientist at MIT and research professor in Computer Science at the University of Venice, has been chosen as one of Technology Review's 2004 TR100, a group of one hundred young innovators in technology from around the world. The award recognizes Massimo's innovative contributions in a variety of fields including search engines, networks, Semantic Web, privacy, and modularity. Join us in congratulating Massimo for his achievement. Read about his past and ongoing work on Massimo's home page.

Noah Mendelsohn Appointed to TAG

2004-09-27: W3C is pleased to announce that Noah Mendelsohn (IBM) has been appointed to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). Noah joins TAG participants Dan Connolly (W3C), Paul Cotton (Microsoft), Roy Fielding (Day Software), Chris Lilley (W3C), Norm Walsh (Sun), and co-Chairs Stuart Williams (Hewlett-Packard) and Tim Berners-Lee (W3C). The remaining one open seat will be filled at the next TAG election. Created in 2001, the TAG documents principles of Web architecture and works with other groups to resolve architectural issues. Read the Architecture of the World Wide Web Last Call Working Draft and visit the TAG home page.

Speech Synthesis Markup Language Is a W3C Recommendation

2004-09-08: The World Wide Web Consortium today released the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. With the XML-based SSML language, content authors can generate synthetic speech on the Web, controlling pronunciation, volume, pitch and rate. "SSML builds on the work of the pioneers in speech synthesis to provide application developers with a powerful and flexible means to deliver a high quality mix of synthetic and pre-recorded speech as part of interactive voice response services," said Dave Raggett (W3C/Canon). Read the press release, testimonials and implementation report and visit the Voice Browser home page.

XForms 1.1 Requirements Updated

2004-08-31: The XForms Working Group has updated the XForms 1.1 Requirements Working Group Note. XForms is the new generation of Web forms. Version 1.1 has enhancements for the XForms 1.0 framework, embraces SOAP, makes XForms authoring easier, and facilitates XForms use in other host languages. Visit the XForms home page.

XML Activity Chartered Through June 2006

2004-08-26: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity. The Activity's Working, Interest and Coordination Groups given below have been chartered through 30 June 2006. New in March, the XML Binary Characterization Working Group is chartered through March 2005. Participation is open to W3C Members. Learn about XML in 10 Points and visit the XML home page.

SOAP Performance: Three W3C Candidate Recommendations Published

2004-08-26: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of three technical reports to Candidate Recommendations, offering an optimal way to transfer binary data like images in Web services messages. Produced by the XML Protocol Working Group, SOAP Version 1.2 is a lightweight protocol for exchanging structured information in a decentralized, distributed environment such as the Web. Comments are welcome through 15 September. Visit the Web services home page.