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

September - septembre - september 2006

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WAI-ARIA to Address Access to Dynamic Web Content

2006-09-26: The Protocols and Formats Working Group has released First Public Working Drafts of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA). The Roadmap describes accessibility of dynamic Web content built with technologies such as AJAX and DHTML. Roles provides mappings for user interface controls and navigation APIs. States and Properties associates behaviors with document-level markup. Read the press release and visit the Web Accessibility Initiative home page.

XHTML-Print Is a W3C Recommendation

2006-09-26: Today the World Web Consortium released XHTML-Print as a W3C Recommendation. Designed for printing from mobile and low-cost devices, the XHTML-Print page description format satisfies print and display needs in the absence of a printer-specific driver and where variability in the formatting of the output is expected and is acceptable. The work is based on XHTML-Print written by the Printer Working Group (PWG), a program of the IEEE-ISTO. Visit the HTML home page.

IETF Publishes New Language Tag Specifications

2006-09-21: The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has published two new specifications for language tags. RFC 4646: Tags for the Identification of Languages replaces RFC 3066 and, with the new IANA Language Subtag Registry, extends language tag syntax to address a number of long-standing issues. The separate RFC 4647: Matching of Language Tags addresses how to match the new tags. The W3C I18n GEO Working Group provides a gentle introduction to the new syntax. Visit the Internationalization home page.

Mobile Web in Developing Countries: Call for Participation

2006-09-19: Position papers are due 1 November for the Workshop on the Mobile Web in Developing Countries to be held 5-6 December in Bangalore, India. Jataayu Software hosts. Participants will discuss mobile Web access within developing countries in terms of needs, blocking factors and potential uses. "We must ensure that the Web is designed to meet the needs of sparser populations and of those whose only access to the Web may be on their phone," said Tim Berners-Lee (W3C). Sponsorships are available to enable participation by those who might not otherwise be able to attend due to travel or other costs. Read the press release, about W3C Workshops and about the Mobile Web Initiative.

Ralph Swick Named Acting Technology and Society Domain Leader

2006-09-19: W3C has named Ralph Swick Acting Technology and Society Domain Leader directing the privacy, security and Semantic Web Activities. Ralph has served as T&S Technical Director since 1997 and will continue those responsibilities as well. Ralph came to W3C from technical direction and architecture for the X Window System, and from Digital and MIT Project Athena where he engineered information filtering and computer-supported collaboration software. Ralph is standing in as Domain Leader for Daniel J. Weitzner, who will turn most of his attention for nine months to Web privacy research at MIT/CSAIL. Read about T&S, W3C's work at the intersection of Web technology and public policy, and about W3C.

XML Query Test Suite 1.0 Released

2006-09-08: The XML Query Working Group has released version 1.0 of the XML Query Test Suite (XQTS). With this release there are over 15,000 test cases. The Working Group is asking implementors to submit results in September (anonymously if necessary) to help demonstrate that the XML Query 1.0 specification can be implemented interoperably and is ready to move forward to Proposed Recommendation. Visit the XML home page. (Permalink)

WebCGM 2.0 Is a Candidate Recommendation

2006-09-06: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of WebCGM 2.0 to Candidate Recommendation. Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) is an ISO standard for the interchange of 2D vector and mixed vector/raster graphics. WebCGM is a profile of CGM, which adds Web linking and is optimized for Web applications in technical illustration, documentation, data visualization and similar fields. Version 2.0 adds DOM access to WebCGM objects, adds an XML Companion File (XCF) for external data, and extends graphical and intelligent content. Comments and implementation reports are welcome through 6 October. Six implementations of WebCGM 2.0 are already available. Read more about WebCGM.

Print Symposium to Focus on Web Standards

2006-09-01: The W3C Germany and Austria Office is pleased to present the W3C Print Symposium 2006 on 17 October at the Heidelberg Print Media Academy in Heidelberg, Germany. Klaas Bals, Bert Bos, H\{aa}kon Wium Lie, Chris Lilley, Liam Quin, Thomas Tikwinski, Andrew Shellshear, and a representative of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG will present on W3C print technologies including XSL, XSLT, SVG Print, CSS Paged Media and XHTML Print. The event is colocated with the XSL-FO Workshop on 18 October and there will be an opportunity to meet the XSL Working Group. A student discount is offered. Symposium registration is open, and is free for W3C Members. (Photo credit: Thomas Tikwinski. News archive)

CSS Module for Namespaces Updated

2006-08-28: The CSS Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of CSS Module: Namespaces. The @namespace rule is used for declaring the default namespace and for binding namespaces to namespace prefixes. A syntax is defined that other specifications can adopt for using those prefixes in namespace-qualified names. Visit the CSS home page. (Permalink)