NEWSLETTER W3C Kantoor Benelux – Bureau W3C Bénélux – Benelux W3C Office

February – février – februari 2009

Website: http://www.w3c.nl -- http://www.w3c-benelux.org

MozCamp-series kick off, March 6, Utrecht

The Mozilla-project will organize a number of MozCamps in Europe, the kick-off will be in Utrecht on March 6. Mozcamp is a series of local meetings organised by people that are passionate by the Open Web. The MozCamp-meetings are meant to offer ample room for discussions, hands-on demo's and merging minds to come up with and implement activities to preserve the open and participative character of the internet.

Some members of the Mozilla-project will be present in Utrecht. Amongst them Tristan Nitot. This Frenchman is founder and chair of Mozilla Europe, a not-for-profit organisation resposible for development and marketing of the open source webbrowser Firefox and other Mozilla-related projects. Also Oliver Gambier and Paul Rouget will be present. Gambier is developer of a large number of Firefox-extensions an is active member of the W3C workgroup on CSS-standardisation. Paul Rouget is Mozilla Tech Evangelist, having a lot of knowledge of manifold Mozilla-technologies and Webkit.

'MozCamp Utrecht' will be of informal nature and is a broad invitation to participate in the discussions, brainstorm sessions and workshops planned for that day. Everyone is welcome to help the organisation of this Dutch MozCamp. The organizing team can be reached via or register your data on the website below. The following organisations have committed themselves in the organization of 'MozCamp Utrecht': Internet Society Nederland (ISOC), NLUUG, the Nederlandse Linuxgebruikersgroep (NLLGG), programmabureau NOIV and W3C-Benelux.

More information on MozCamp Utrecht can be found on https://wiki.mozilla.org/MozCamp/Utrecht

W3C Open Meeting: Realizing Government Transparency and Openness

2009-02-25: On 12-13 March, W3C's eGovernment Interest Group will hold a special stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC to address a number of issues of high interest to government policy makers, elected officials, and managers of government information technology. Participants will document progressive solutions for electronic government and develop a road map for developing Web standards related to topics such as participation and citizen engagement, open government data, identification and authentication, and long-term data management. The meeting is open to the public, but advance registration is required and seating is limited. W3C thanks the American Institute of Architects for hosting this meeting. Read the media advisory and learn more about the W3C eGovernment Activity.

Drafts of HTML 5, Differences from HTML 4 Published

2009-02-12: The HTML Working Group has published Working Drafts of HTML 5 and HTML 5 differences from HTML 4. In this version of HTML5, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

W3C Multimodal Standard Brings Web to More People, More Ways

2009-02-10: As part of ensuring the Web is available to all people on any device, W3C published a new standard today to enable interactions beyond the familiar keyboard and mouse. EMMA, the EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation Markup Language, promotes the development of rich Web applications that can be adapted to more input modes (such as handwriting, natural language, and gestures) and output modes (such as synthesized speech) at lower cost. The document, published by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group, is part of a set of specifications for multimodal systems, and provides details of an XML markup language for containing and annotating the interpretation of user input. Read the press release and testimonials, and learn more about the Multimodal Interaction Activity.

Call for Review: Service Modeling Language, Version 1.1 Proposed Recommendation

2009-02-13: The Service Modeling Language Working Group has published the Proposed Recommendations of Service Modeling Language, Version 1.1 and Service Modeling Language Interchange Format Version 1.1. SML extends the coherence-checking mechanisms of W3C XML Schema from individual documents to collections of documents. SML-IF extends the utility of SML by providing mechanisms for gathering together a set of documents whose coherence is guaranteed by an SML schema, which itself is part of the resulting package. Comments are welcome through 12 March. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

Drafts of HTML 5, Differences from HTML 4 Published

2009-02-12: The HTML Working Group has published Working Drafts of HTML 5 and HTML 5 differences from HTML 4. In this version of HTML5, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

Security for Access to Device APIs from the Web: Workshop Report Published

2009-02-05: W3C published today a report from the W3C Workshop on Security for Access to Device APIs from the Web. Workshop participants identified a number of challenges as high-priority work items, including:

W3C invites follow-up discussion on the public mailing list public-device-apis@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.

Tim Berners-Lee Speaks at TED2009

Excerpt from Tim Berners-Lee's TED talk

2009-02-04: Tim Berners-Lee, Director of W3C, addresses TED2009 today in Long Beach, California on the subject of Linked Data. Berners-Lee's talk highlights the many possibilities that arise when governments, enterprises, scientists, and others in the community choose to share and link data on the Web using Web standards.

Social Networking Challenges Identified by Industry Leaders in W3C Workshop

Social Networking Logo2009-02-03: W3C has published a report from the Workshop on the Future of Social Networking. Observations from the fifty-five organizations that participated (and submitted 72 position papers) include:

The report highlights the need for an interoperable distributed social Web framework and suggests concrete next steps for W3C. W3C now welcomes interested parties to contribute to public discussion. See video highlights from the Workshop, read the press release and learn more about the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI).

HTML 5 Receives Support for Authoring Materials

2009-02-02: Dan Connolly, an active member of the HTML community for many years, has received support from Adobe to work on HTML 5 materials for authors. The HTML Working Group Chairs have requested additional resources to ensure that HTML 5 meets the needs of authors and browser developers alike. As a provider of Web development and authoring tools, W3C Member Adobe is not only participating in the Working Group, they have also provided financial support for the open standards process. Learn more about HTML.