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

February - février - februari 2005

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

Tutorial on Semantic Web Technologies

4 January 2005: W3C Benelux and ISOC Belgium organize a seminar Tutorial on Semantic Web Technologies on 16 February 2005 in Antwerp. This seminar is the result of an agreement between W3C Benelux and ISOC Belgium and Netherlands with the purpose to disseminate on a non-profit basis the knowledge on new web technologies and applications in the Benelux. Specialists from the Benelux and abroad keep you up-to-date on the most important issues and developments in this area. Please consult the website of ISOC Belgium for more information.

W3C Supports the URI Standard and IRI Proposed Standard

2005-01-26: W3C is pleased to announce its support for two publications that are important for Web addressing and increase the international reach of the Web. The documents are coordinated efforts of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and W3C. Read the press release. (News archive)

W3C Recommendations Enhance SOAP Performance

2005-01-25: The World Wide Web Consortium today released three W3C Recommendations to improve Web services performance by standardizing the transmission of large binary data. "Web services have just become faster and more usable," said Yves Lafon (W3C). Read the press release and testimonials and visit the Web services home page.

W3C Advisory Committee Elects TAG Participants

2005-01-25: The W3C Advisory Committee has elected David Orchard (BEA), Ed Rice (HP), Henry Thompson (University of Edinburgh) and Norman Walsh (Sun Microsystems) to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). The Director also appointed Vincent Quint (INRIA) to the TAG; he will serve as co-Chair along with Tim Berners-Lee. Continuing TAG participants are Dan Connolly (W3C), Noah Mendelsohn (IBM), and Roy Fielding (Day Software). 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, Volume One and visit the TAG home page.

W3C Launches Multimodal Interaction Activity

2005-01-18: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Multimodal Interaction Activity. The Multimodal Interaction Working Group is chaired by Deborah Dahl and is chartered through 31 January 2007. The Activity extends user interaction with the Web to multiple modes such as GUI, speech, vision, pen, haptic interfaces, and gestures. Their work enables rich capabilities for mobile phones and other devices with limited resources, and for future generations of multimodal devices. Participation is open to W3C Members. Visit the multimodal interaction home page. (News archive)

W3C Launches Voice Browser Activity

2005-01-18: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Voice Browser Activity. The Voice Browser Working Group, co-chaired by Jim Larson (Intel) and Scott McGlashan (HP), is chartered through 31 January 2007. Voice browsing includes Web interaction with key pads, spoken commands, listening to prerecorded speech, synthetic speech and music. The Activity is defining a suite of markup languages for dialog, speech synthesis, speech recognition, call control and other aspects of interactive voice response applications. Participation is open to W3C Members. Visit the Voice Browser home page. (News archive)

W3C Launches Internationalization Activity

2005-01-07: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Internationalization Activity. The Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Working Group, chaired by Yves Savourel (Enlaso), is chartered with new work to develop elements and attributes to support document internationalization and localization. Formerly task forces, the Internationalization Core Working Group is chaired by Addison Phillips (webMethods) and the Internationalization Guidelines, Education & Outreach (GEO) Working Group is chaired by Richard Ishida (W3C). All three Working Groups and the Internationalization Interest Group, chaired by Martin Dürst (W3C), are chartered through October 2006. Visit the Internationalization home page.

SMIL 2.0 Second Edition Is a W3C Recommendation

2005-01-07: The World Wide Web Consortium today released the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 2.0) Second Edition as a W3C Recommendation. This second edition is not a new version; its purpose is to correct errors in the SMIL 2.0 first edition as a convenience to readers. SMIL (pronounced "smile") puts animation on a time line, allows composition of multiple animations, and describes animation elements for any XML-based host language. Visit the Synchronized Multimedia home page.