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

March - mars - maart 2007

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Ubiquitous Web to Simplify Development for Networked Devices

2007-03-30: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity. W3C Fellow Dave Raggett chairs the group which is chartered to advance the creation of distributed applications for network appliances. The first face-to-face meeting of the Ubiquitous Web Applications (UWA) Working Group will be 7-8 June 2007 in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by MobileAware, following the associated W3C Workshop on Declarative Models of Distributed Web Applications. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. The UWA Working Group will take on the deliverables of the Device Independence Working Group which is now closed. Read about the Ubiquitous Web.

HTML Mail Workshop: Call for Participation

2007-03-30: Position papers are due 21 April for the W3C HTML Mail Workshop to be held 24 May in Paris, France, hosted by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris. Attendees will discuss authoring, rendering, interoperability and security aspects of HTML in email as well as non-technical topics. Read about W3C Workshops and about HTML.

Toward More Transparent Government: Advance Notice of Workshop

2007-03-30: W3C plans a Workshop Toward More Transparent Government co-sponsored by the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) on 18-19 June 2007 in Washington, D.C., USA, hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Attendees will help to find ways of facilitating the deployment of Web standards across eGovernment sites, to help shape ongoing research in the development of Web technology and public policy, in order to realize the potential of the Web for access to, and use of, government information. A Call for Participation is expected in a few weeks. See the European W3C Symposium on eGovernment Report for information about the previous W3C eGovernment event. Read about W3C Workshops.

W3C Launches Multimodal Interaction Working Group

2007-03-30: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Multimodal Interaction Working Group to enable users to use their preferred modes of interaction with the Web. Deborah Dahl (Invited Expert) chairs the group which is chartered to develop open standards to adapt to device, user and environmental conditions, and to allow multiple modes of Web interaction including GUI, speech, vision, pen, gestures and haptic interfaces. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read the about the Multimodal Interaction Activity.

W3C Launches Voice Browser Working Group

2007-03-30: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Voice Browser Working Group to enable users to speak and listen to Web applications. Jim Larson (Invited Expert) and Scott McGlashan (HP) chair the group which is chartered to standardize languages for capturing and producing speech and for managing the dialog between users and computers. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read the about the Voice Browser Activity.

Web Services Policy 1.5: Candidate Recommendations

2007-03-30: The Web Services Policy Working Group has 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 group published updated Working Drafts of the Primer, Guidelines and Element Identifiers as well. Candidate Recommendation feedback is welcome through 30 June. Read about Web services.

EGovernment and the Web: Workshop Report

photo of Workshop panel discussion 2007-03-20: The European W3C Symposium on eGovernment Report has been published. Participants discussed specific government and citizens' needs related to eGovernment services, to identify aspects that put Web interoperability at risk and find how governments can deliver better and more efficient services through computer technologies. Held 1-2 February (press release), in Gijón, Asturias, Spain, the symposium was organized by the W3C Spanish Office and Fundación CTIC, and supported by the Principality of Asturias Government.

XML Binding Language (XBL) 2.0: Call for Implementations

2007-03-16: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of XML Binding Language (XBL) 2.0 to Candidate Recommendation. XBL extends the appearance and behavior of elements in Web formats such as HTML. Elements may be mapped to script, event handlers, CSS, and more complex content models. Content can be re-ordered and wrapped so that for instance, complex CSS styles can be applied to simple HTML or XHTML markup. XBL can be used to implement new DOM interfaces and, with other specifications, to implement arbitrary tag sets as widgets. Read about the Rich Web Clients Activity.

W3C Launches New HTML Working Group

2007-03-07: W3C is pleased to invite participation in the new HTML Working Group, chartered to create the next HTML standard with the active participation of browser vendors, software developers, and content designers. "It's time to revisit the standard and see what we can do to meet the current community needs, and to do so effectively with commitments from browser manufacturers in a visible and open way," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. At the same time, W3C is chartering the Forms Working Group, the XHTML2 Working Group, and rechartering the Hypertext Coordination Group. Read the press release and visit the HTML Working Group home page, the Forms Working Group home page, and the XHTML2 Working Group home page.

Incubator Group to Analyze Semantic Web Services

2007-03-05: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the SWS Testbed Incubator Group sponsored by W3C Members Wright State University, Stanford University, DERI University of Innsbruck, and the National University of Galway, Ireland. The mission of this XG is to develop a standard methodology for evaluating Semantic Web Services based upon a standard set of problems and develop a public repository of such problems. W3C Members may use this form to join the group. Read about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies.

Incubator Group to Focus on Uncertain Knowledge

2007-03-05: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web Incubator Group to better define the challenge of working with incomplete knowledge. The group expects to identify the elements of uncertainty, produce use cases, and create the fundamentals of a way to represent and reason when truth or falsehood is inapplicable or unknown. The group is sponsored by W3C Members Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Lab, McDonald Bradley, MITRE, National ICT Australia (NICTA), the University of Amsterdam and the University of Bristol. W3C Members may use this form to join the group. Read about the Incubator Activity.

Workshop on Declarative Models of Distributed Web Applications: Call for Participation

2007-03-01: Position papers are due 17 April for the W3C Workshop on Declarative Models of Distributed Web Applications to be held 5-6 June in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by MobileAware with the support of the Irish State Development Agency, Enterprise Ireland. Attendees will discuss the potential for declarative techniques as a basis for reducing the costs of building Web applications for the home, office and mobile environments to meet the demand for greater interactivity and access to device capabilities. Read about W3C Workshops and about the Ubiquitous Web.

Tim Berners-Lee Speaks on Future of the Web to US Congress

Tim Berners-Lee 2007-03-01: Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, testified on the future of the World Wide Web before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Committee on Energy & Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, on 1 March. Chairman Edward Markey invited Berners-Lee as the sole witness for the first in a series on the Digital Future of the United States. The testimony and details of the hearing and archived Webcast (WMP) are available.