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June - juin - juni 2007

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Planet i18n: Blogs on Web Internationalization

2007-06-29: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of Planet i18n. This community service created by the Internationalization Core Working Group brings together a variety of blog posts that discuss internationalization topics. You can subscribe to the RSS feed. If you own a blog with a focus on internationalization and want to be added, please contact Richard Ishida (W3C). Read more on the Internationalization home page.

Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 2.0 Is a Recommendation

2007-06-27: The World Wide Web Consortium today released the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Version 2.0 as a Recommendation in three parts: Part 0: Primer, Part 1: Core Language and Part 2: Adjuncts. "In addition to the rigorous interoperability testing, we're pleased to have given developers the HTTP binding, which provides simple Web-friendly access to a service," said Jonathan Marsh (WSO2), Working Group co-Chair. WSDL models and describes modular Web services and is used to document distributed systems and to automate communication between applications. WSDL SOAP 1.1 Binding, Additional MEPs and RDF Mapping have been published as Working Group Notes. Read the testimonials and press release and about Web services.

Fundamentos Web 2007: Registration Open

2007-06-27: The W3C Spain Office is pleased to present Tantek Çelik, Jeffrey Veen, Tim Berners-Lee (by video link), and other noted Web standards experts at the third edition of Fundamentos Web 2007 (Web Foundations 2007) on 3-5 October in Gijón, Asturias, Spain. Well-known representatives from Microsoft, Opera, Mozilla, Nokia, Konqueror, Flickr, Last FM, and W3C will present at the event. Registration for the conference, which sold out for the second time last year, is open and offers discounts for unemployed people as well as for W3C Members.

Canonical XML 1.1 Is a Candidate Recommendation

2007-06-21: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Canonical XML 1.1 to Candidate Recommendation. The canonical XML method is used to determine whether an application has changed a document and whether two XML documents are identical, allowing for low-level changes in syntax permitted by XML 1.0. When the canonical forms are identical the originals are logically equivalent within the application's context. Version 1.1 addresses inheritance of attributes when canonicalizing document subsets, to not inherit xml:id, and to treat xml:base URI path processing properly. Implementation feedback and comments are welcome through 30 September. Visit the XML Core home page.

Workshop on XML Signature and Encryption: Call for Participation

2007-06-20: Position papers are due 14 August for the Workshop on Next Steps for XML Signature and XML Encryption to be held 25-26 September in Mountain View, California, USA, hosted by VeriSign. Attendees will discuss next steps for the XML Signature and XML Encryption specifications and share their experiences implementing and developing these standards. Topics may include interoperability and robustness, performance, legal requirements for digital signature formats, and the impact of the evolving XML environment. The Workshop is expected to give its recommendations to the XML Security Specifications Maintenance Working Group. The Workshop is free free and open to all, however, submission of position papers is required of all participants. Visit the Security home page and read about W3C Workshops.

Canonical XML 1.1 Is a Candidate Recommendation

2007-06-21: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Canonical XML 1.1 to Candidate Recommendation. The canonical XML method is used to determine whether an application has changed a document and whether two XML documents are identical, allowing for low-level changes in syntax permitted by XML 1.0. When the canonical forms are identical the originals are logically equivalent within the application's context. Version 1.1 addresses inheritance of attributes when canonicalizing document subsets, to not inherit xml:id, and to treat xml:base URI path processing properly. Implementation feedback and comments are welcome through 30 September. Visit the XML Core home page.

Workshop on XML Signature and Encryption: Call for Participation

2007-06-20: Position papers are due 14 August for the Workshop on Next Steps for XML Signature and XML Encryption to be held 25-26 September in Mountain View, California, USA, hosted by VeriSign. Attendees will discuss next steps for the XML Signature and XML Encryption specifications and share their experiences implementing and developing these standards. Topics may include interoperability and robustness, performance, legal requirements for digital signature formats, and the impact of the evolving XML environment. The Workshop is expected to give its recommendations to the XML Security Specifications Maintenance Working Group. The Workshop is free free and open to all, however, submission of position papers is required of all participants. Visit the Security home page and read about W3C Workshops.

Canonical XML 1.1 Is a Candidate Recommendation

2007-06-21: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Canonical XML 1.1 to Candidate Recommendation. The canonical XML method is used to determine whether an application has changed a document and whether two XML documents are identical, allowing for low-level changes in syntax permitted by XML 1.0. When the canonical forms are identical the originals are logically equivalent within the application's context. Version 1.1 addresses inheritance of attributes when canonicalizing document subsets, to not inherit xml:id, and to treat xml:base URI path processing properly. Implementation feedback and comments are welcome through 30 September. Visit the XML Core home page.

Workshop on XML Signature and Encryption: Call for Participation

2007-06-20: Position papers are due 14 August for the Workshop on Next Steps for XML Signature and XML Encryption to be held 25-26 September in Mountain View, California, USA, hosted by VeriSign. Attendees will discuss next steps for the XML Signature and XML Encryption specifications and share their experiences implementing and developing these standards. Topics may include interoperability and robustness, performance, legal requirements for digital signature formats, and the impact of the evolving XML environment. The Workshop is expected to give its recommendations to the XML Security Specifications Maintenance Working Group. The Workshop is free free and open to all, however, submission of position papers is required of all participants. Visit the Security home page and read about W3C Workshops.

Voice Recommendations Approved for Speech-Driven Web Applications

2007-06-19: The World Wide Web Consortium today released Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.1 as a W3C Recommendation, confirming the standard for voice-driven Web applications. Used daily in millions of telephone calls, VoiceXML enables rapid development of audio dialogs. Version 2.1 extends the language with eight commonly implemented features including dynamic access to grammars and scripts. Completely interoperable, VoiceXML 2.0 applications will work under VoiceXML 2.1 without modification. VoiceXML and the Recommendation for Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition (SISR) Version 1.0 approved in April are critical pieces of W3C Speech Interface Framework. Read the testimonials and press release and visit the Voice Browser home page.

W3C Names Daniel Dardailler Director of International Relations and Offices

photo of Daniel Dardailler2007-06-18: W3C has named Daniel Dardailler to the new position of Director of International Relations and Offices. Daniel oversees W3C Offices and liaisons for international bodies such as UN organizations, the Internet Governance Forum, ISOC, ISO, and ICANN. Daniel will continue his role as Associate Chair for Europe. W3C named Klaus Birkenbihl to the new position of Offices Coordinator. Visit the Offices home page and read about International Relations and the W3C management team.

SPARQL Query Language for RDF Is a Candidate Recommendation

2007-06-14: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of SPARQL Query Language for RDF to Candidate Recommendation. With SPARQL (pronounced "sparkle"), developers and end users can consume search results across a wide range of information such as personal, technical, business or scientific data, social networks, or data about digital artifacts like music and images. SPARQL supports extensible value testing and constrained queries, both when data is stored as RDF natively or viewed as RDF via middleware. Results can be displayed in results sets or as RDF graphs. Implementation feedback is invited through 12 August. SPARQL Query Results XML Format is a Last Call Working Draft with comments welcome through 5 July. Visit the Semantic Web home page.

Tim Berners-Lee Appointed Member of the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II

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Berners-Lee2007-06-13: Queen Elizabeth II, Head of State of the United Kingdom, appointed Sir Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web, to be a member of the Order of Merit. Founded in 1902, the Order of Merit is an honor conferred by the sovereign of the United Kingdom to individuals for "exceptionally meritorious service," usually in the arts, learning, literature and sciences. Twenty four individuals plus foreign recipients may hold the honor at one time. "Awards such as this are for public service, a service which in this case has been largely carried out by the W3C. All those involved in Consortium activity should feel recognized by this acknowledgment of the importance of W3C's work," said Berners-Lee. Read the announcement, about Tim Berners-Lee and about W3C.

W3C Advisory Committee Elects New Advisory Board

2007-06-12: The W3C Advisory Committee has filled four open seats on the W3C Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July, the nine Advisory Board participants are Jean-François Abramatic (ILOG), Ann Bassetti (The Boeing Company), Jim Bell (HP), Don Deutsch (Oracle), Eduardo Gutentag (Sun Microsystems), Steve Holbrook (IBM), Ken Laskey (MITRE), Ora Lassila (Nokia) and Arun Ranganathan (AOL). Steve Zilles continues as interim Advisory Board Chair. Read more about the Advisory Board.

Web of Services for Enterprise Computing: Workshop Report

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of the Workshop 2007-06-08: The Web of Services for Enterprise Computing Workshop Report is now available, recommending next steps for the ways Web services and Web standards can meet enterprise software requirements. In February, Web services and SOA experts met to improve enterprise support. Read the results of the Workshop on Web of Services for Enterprise Computing hosted by MITRE, about Workshops and about Web services.

CSS3 Media Queries: Candidate Recommendation

2007-06-06: The CSS Working Group released an updated Candidate Recommendation for editorial changes to Media Queries, a module of Cascading Style Sheets Level 3 (CSS3). Built on the mechanism outlined in HTML, a registry of media types is proposed to describe to what type of devices a style sheet applies, and expressions to limit a style sheet's scope. Presentations can then be tailored to a specific range of output devices without changing the content. Visit the CSS home page.

Web Services Policy 1.5: Updated Candidate Recommendations

2007-06-05: The Web Services Policy Working Group published updated Candidate Recommendations for Web Services Policy 1.5 documenting their progress. The Policy Framework model expresses the nature of Web services in order to convey conditions for their interaction. Attachment defines how to associate policies, for example within WSDL or UDDI, with subjects to which they apply. The Primer is an updated Working Draft. Candidate Recommendation feedback is welcome through 30 June. Read about Web services. (Permalink)

Semantic Web Case Studies and Use Cases Published

2007-06-05: The SWEO Interest Group is pleased to announce the first set of Case Studies and Use Cases giving some examples of how the Semantic Web of machine readable data is used today. Applications are presented in areas ranging from automotive to health care, and from B2B systems to geographical information systems. The SWEO Interest Group will continue to publish new Case Studies and Use Cases in the future; an RSS feed for new submissions is available. A short overview is also available in Open Document Format, PDF, and HTML formats. Read about the Semantic Web.

Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, 11-13 June

2007-06-01: W3C is pleased to participate as a partner in the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit to be held 11-13 June in Nashville, TN, USA. Steve Bratt, W3C CEO, will speak on increasing interoperability through Web standards at 16:30-17:30 on 12 June, and W3C will participate in the summit Standards Corner running throughout show floor hours. A W3C Members-only discount is available. The conference features 6 tracks and over 60 sessions on SOA, Web services, application development and integration. Read about W3C Member benefits and more about Web services.