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January - janvier - januari 2007

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WebCGM 2.0 Is a W3C Recommendation and OASIS Standard

2007-01-30: The World Wide Web Consortium and OASIS today jointly released WebCGM 2.0 as a Recommendation and Standard. Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) is an ISO standard used to interchange two dimensional vector and mixed vector-raster graphics for technical illustration, documentation and data visualization. WebCGM is a profile of CGM that adds Web linking and is optimized for Web applications used in defense, aviation, architecture, and transportation industries. Already widely implemented, version 2.0 adds DOM access to WebCGM objects and an XML Companion File (XCF) for external data, and extends graphical and intelligent content. Read the press release and about WebCGM.

XQuery, XSLT 2 and XPath 2 Are W3C Recommendations

2007-01-22: The World Wide Web Consortium has published eight new standards in the XML family for data mining, document transformation, and enterprise computing from Web services to databases. "Over 1,000 comments from developers helped ensure a resilient and implementable set of database technologies," said Jim Melton (Oracle). XSLT transforms documents into different markup or formats. XML Query can perform searches, queries and joins over collections of documents. Using XPath expressions, XSLT 2 and XQuery can operate on XML documents, XML databases, relational databases, search engines and object repositories. Read the press release and testimonials and visit the XML home page.

Semantic Annotations for WSDL and XML Schema Is a Candidate Recommendation

2007-01-26: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Semantic Annotations for WSDL and XML Schema to Candidate Recommendation. With these attributes, semantic annotations can be added to Web Services Description Language (WSDL) components for use in classifying, discovering, matching, composing, and invoking Web services. Feedback is welcome through 1 March. The group also released an updated Working Draft of the companion Usage Guide. Read about Web services.

European Symposium to Study EGovernment and the Web

2007-01-16: The European W3C Symposium on eGovernment is 1-2 February 2007, in Gijón, Asturias, Spain. Attendees will meet to discuss eGovernment services, identify aspects that put Web interoperability at risk and find how governments can deliver better and more efficient services through computer technologies. "We hope that participants at the symposium provide us with critical information to help us develop new technologies that meet citizens' needs and goals," said Ralph Swick (W3C). Registration is free and open to the public. Read the press release.

W3C Expands Support for Speech Synthesis of World Languages

2007-01-10: W3C took steps today to broaden support for the world's languages in voice applications on the Web. This First Public Working Draft of Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) 1.1 incorporates important features and feedback from SSML Workshops held in Beijing, China and Heraklion, Greece. On 13-14 January 2007, W3C conducts a third Workshop on SSML, hosted by Bhrigus Software and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in India. Read the press release and learn more about the Voice Activity.

Mobile Web May Help Bridge the Digital Divide: Workshop Report

2007-01-06: W3C has published a report from the Workshop on the Mobile Web in Developing Countries, held in Bangalore, India in December 2006. Workshop participants discussed the needs and challenges facing people in developing economies who use a mobile phone as the primary and often sole platform for accessing the Web. Participants included mobile handset manufacturers, browser developers, software companies, local Indian companies and universities, and organizations working on information technology projects in rural communities in India and Africa. The report presents their findings and proposed next steps. You are invited to join the public forum for discussions about the future: public-mwi-ec@w3.org (archive). Learn more about W3C's Mobile Web Initiative.

Authorized Translation of WCAG 1.0 in Catalan

2006-12-20: Today the World Web Consortium released the Authorized Catalan Translation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0. This is the first document published following the Policy for W3C Authorized Translations. The Lead Translation Organization for this Authorized Translation was the Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació - Universitat de Barcelona. Visit the Web Accessibility Initiative home page. Learn more about W3C Translations.

HTTP Vocabulary in RDF

2006-12-20: The WAI Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG) has released the First Public Working Draft of HTTP Vocabulary in RDF, which describes a representation of HTTP vocabulary in RDF. The terms defined by the document allow HTTP headers that have been exchanged between a client and a server to be recorded in RDF format. Visit the WAI ERT home page. (Permalink)