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

November - novembre - november 2005

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

New W3C member in the Benelux: IBBT – Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology (Belgium)

2005-08-21: W3C Benelux is happy to announce that the Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology (Zuiderpoort Office Park, Gaston Crommenlaan 8, B-9050 Ghent-Ledeberg, Belgium) has joined W3C by 2005-11-21. Rik Van de walle is now member of the W3C Advisory Committee on behalf of IBBT.
Please consult http://www.w3.org/Consortium/membership for information on W3C membership.

W3C Renews Quality Assurance Interest Group

2005-11-28: W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Quality Assurance Activity and the QA Interest Group, chaired by Karl Dubost (W3C) and Lynne Rosenthal (NIST). The main objective of the QA Interest Group (QA IG) is to provide a venue for W3C, its Membership, and the Web community to share their experiences and involvement with QA. Participation is open to W3C Members and the public. Visit the QA home page.

W3C Group Links Semantic Web With Medical Industry

2005-11-22: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG). Chaired by Tonya Hongsermeier (Partners HealthCare) and Eric Neumann (Unaffiliated), the group is chartered to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption in the health care and life science industries. Aiding decision-making in clinical research, Semantic Web technologies will bridge many forms of biological and medical information across institutions. Read the press release and visit the Semantic Web home page.

W3C Continues ICANN Participation

2005-11-22: W3C is pleased to announce the nomination of Daniel Dardailler, W3C Associate Chair based in Europe, as W3C liaison to the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors. Thomas Roessler will serve on the 2006 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom). W3C's involvement in ICANN and in the post-WSIS forum, soon to be launched, should help preserve the operational stability of the Internet and the Web in a transparent and open way while ensuring its unfragmented growth based on contributions from the international community. Read About W3C.

W3C Hosts Feed Validation Service

2005-11-21: W3C is pleased to launch the W3C Feed Validation Service, a free online tool open to creators of syndication feeds in formats such as RSS and Atom. Based on 'feedvalidator', and adding a SOAP Web service interface for interactive programming, the tool is useful for automatic or batch syntax checking. This service joins the existing pool of free, open source tools offered by W3C to the Web development community to help build a better World Wide Web. Learn more in the announcement. (News archive)

W3C Launches Efficient XML Interchange Working Group

2005-11-18: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Efficient XML Interchange Working Group. Robin Berjon (Expway) and Oliver Goldman (Adobe Systems) are Chairs. The group's objective is to define an alternative encoding of the XML Information Set that addresses the requirements identified in the work of the XML Binary Characterization Working Group, while maintaining the existing interoperability between XML specifications. The group is chartered through December 2007. Visit the XML home page.

XPointer Registry Launched

2005-11-18: W3C is pleased to announce the XPointer Registry, opening XPointer scheme registration up to the public. XPointer is an extensible system for identifying regions in XML documents. XPointer provides for multiple addressing schemes but the XPointer specification reserved unprefixed scheme names to W3C. The registry adds public access and enables open and well-regulated use through the XPointer Scheme Name Registry Policy. Visit the XML home page.

W3C Launches Rich Web Client Activity

2005-11-15: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Rich Web Client Activity for client-side Web Application development. The Web APIs Working Group chaired by Robin Berjon (Expway) will document and build standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) such as XMLHttpRequest, an AJAX component. The Web Application Formats Working Group chaired by Art Barstow (Nokia) will develop declarative languages for Web Applications, building on existing technologies in the marketplace where possible. The Compound Document Formats Working Group chaired by Kevin Kelly (IBM) moves to this Activity, and continues to develop a framework for combined documents as well as profiles that use existing W3C formats. Participation in these groups is open to W3C Members.

Mobile Web Initiative Presents "Web on the Move"

2005-11-15: The Web on the Move was held on 15 November at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London, UK. MWI sponsors attended and Michael Wilson, W3C UK and Ireland Office, was master of ceremonies. Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, sent a recorded welcome address (MP3 audio). Read the media advisory and about the Mobile Web Initiative, a concerted effort to make the Web interoperable and usable for users of mobile devices.

W3C Launches Rule Interchange Format Working Group

2005-11-07: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group. "After years of industry and research work in rules languages, I'm pleased to see W3C Members working to develop a Web-based rules standard," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. Chaired by Christian de Sainte Marie (ILOG) and Sandro Hawke (temporary co-Chair, W3C), the group is chartered through November 2007 to produce a language for the exchange of rules and their transfer between rule systems. Rules are executable pieces of declarative knowledge, important in managing complex and dynamic operations. Read the press release, about the Rule Interchange Format and visit the Semantic Web home page.

Policy for Authorized W3C Translations Announced

2005-11-10: W3C is pleased to announce the Policy for Authorized W3C Translations. For the first time, W3C will allow recognition of translations as "authorized" when they are developed through the process defined in this policy, which is based on transparency, community accountability, and commitment to W3C oversight. At the same time, W3C will continue its existing translation process which has produced 700 unofficial translations in 44 languages. W3C warmly thanks all the translators who have contributed their work. Translations of W3C documents are an important resource that helps Web standards reach more people worldwide. Read About W3C.

W3C Indian Office Opens

2005-11-10: The W3C Indian Office is open in Noida, India. The Office is hosted by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC Noida). R. K. Verma is the Office Manager and the Deputy Office Manager is Vijay Gugnani. Stéphane Boyera, Steve Bratt, Max Froumentin, Ivan Herman and Richard Ishida are among those attending the opening ceremonies on 10-11 November in New Delhi. W3C Offices assist with promotion efforts in local languages, broaden W3C's geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities.

Candidate Recommendation: Web Services Choreography Description Language 1.0

2005-11-09: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of the Web Services Choreography Description Language Version 1.0 (WS-CDL) to Candidate Recommendation. This XML-based language describes peer-to-peer collaborations between Web service participants by defining their behavior from a global viewpoint. Ordered message exchanges thus accomplish a common business goal. Comments are welcome through 31 March. Visit the Web services home page.

W3C Launches Rule Interchange Format Working Group

2005-11-07: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group. "After years of industry and research work in rules languages, I'm pleased to see W3C Members working to develop a Web-based rules standard," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. Chaired by Christian de Sainte Marie (ILOG) and Sandro Hawke (temporary co-Chair, W3C), the group is chartered through November 2007 to produce a language for the exchange of rules and their transfer between rule systems. Rules are executable pieces of declarative knowledge, important in managing complex and dynamic operations. Read the press release, about the Rule Interchange Format and visit the Semantic Web home page.

XSLT 2.0, XML Query and XPath 2.0 Are W3C Candidate Recommendations

2005-11-03: W3C is pleased to announce eight Candidate Recommendations for XSLT, XML Query and XPath. Comments are welcome through 28 February. XSLT transforms documents into different markup or formats. Important for databases, search engines and object repositories, XML Query can perform searches, queries and joins over collections of documents. Both XSLT 2 and XQuery use XPath expressions and operate on XPath Data Model instances. Read the press release and visit the XML home page.