W3C Welcomes IDPF as Organizations Officially Combine to Develop Roadmap for Future of Publishing

1 February 2017 | Archive

publishing at W3C gigdetW3C announced on 1 February 2017 that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations to better align Publishing and Web technologies and to create a new roadmap for the future of publishing.

“W3C is thrilled to gain the expertise of the publishing industry with its rich tradition of excellence in developing many forms of content for books, magazines, journals, educational materials and scholarly publications,” said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. “Working together, Publishing@W3C will bring exciting new capabilities and features to the future of publishing, authoring and reading using Web technologies.”

More than 75 organizations provided EPUB 3.1 Member Submission as a Member Submission to ensure that the EPUB 3.1 standard, developed by IDPF, remains royalty-free. To maintain EPUB and advance its further adoption, W3C is setting up a separate EPUB (3.1) Community Group that is free and open to anyone to participate.

A new Publishing Business Group will be the focal point for the community to address new needs and requirements and to serve as a forum for industry discussions. The Publishing@W3C roadmap includes plans to charter new standards work later this year to focus on both online as well as offline access for digital publications.

For more information read the press release.

Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices Note Published

16 February 2017 | Archive

The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a Group Note of Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices. This document advises on best practices related to the publication and usage of spatial data on the Web; the use of Web technologies as they may be applied to location. The best practices are intended for practitioners, including Web developers and geospatial experts, and are compiled based on evidence of real-world application. These best practices suggest a significant change of emphasis from traditional Spatial Data Infrastructures by adopting a Linked Data approach. As location is often the common factor across multiple datasets, spatial data is an especially useful addition to the Linked Data cloud; the 5 Stars of Linked Data paradigm is promoted where relevant.

Ready-made Counter Styles Note Published

16 February 2017 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a Working Group Note that contains templates for counter styles used by various cultures around the world. It can be used as a reference for those wishing to add user-defined counter styles in their CSS style sheets. The content of this document was originally part of the CSS Lists and Counters specification, but is now published as a standalone document. It is expected that the document will be updated from time to time to include new counter styles.

First Public Working Draft: International text layout and typography index

9 February 2017 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of International text layout and typography index. This document points browser implementers and specification developers to information about how to support typographic features of scripts or writing systems from around the world, and also points to relevant information in specifications, to tests, and to useful articles and papers. It is not exhaustive, and will be added to from time to time.

W3C Invites Implementations of XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 3.0

7 February 2017 | Archive

The XSLT Working Group invites implementations of the Candidate Recommendation of XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 3.0 . This specification defines the syntax and semantics of XSLT 3.0, a language designed primarily for transforming XML documents into other XML documents. XSLT 3.0 is a revised version of the XSLT 2.0 Recommendation XSLT 2.0 published on 23 January 2007.

The primary purpose of the changes in this version of the language is to enable transformations to be performed in streaming mode, where neither the source document nor the result document is ever held in memory in its entirety. Another important aim is to improve the modularity of large stylesheets, allowing stylesheets to be developed from independently-developed components with a high level of software engineering robustness.

First Public Working Draft: TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0.1 (IMSC1)

3 February 2017 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group has published a Working Draft of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0.1 (IMSC1). This document specifies two profiles of TTML1: a text-only profile and an image-only profile. These profiles are intended to be used across subtitle and caption delivery applications worldwide, thereby simplifying interoperability, consistent rendering and conversion to other subtitling and captioning formats.

Two Notes Published by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group

3 February 2017 | Archive

The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has published two Group Notes:

  • Discovery & Registration of Multimodal Modality Components: This document is addressed to people who want to develop Modality Components for Multimodal Applications distributed over a local network or “in the cloud”. With this goal, in a multimodal system implemented according to the Multimodal Architecture Specification, over a network, to configure the technical conditions needed for the interaction, the system must discover and register its Modality Components in order to monitor and preserve the overall state of the distributed elements. Therefore, Modality Components can be composed with automation mechanisms in order to adapt the Application to the state of the surrounding environment.
  • EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language Version 2.0: The W3C Multimodal Interaction Working Group aims to develop specifications to enable access to the Web using multimodal interaction. This document is part of a set of specifications for multimodal systems, and provides details of an XML markup language for containing and annotating the interpretation of user input and production of system output.

CSS Snapshot 2017 Note Published

31 January 2017 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a Group Note of CSS Snapshot 2017. This document collects together into one definition all the specs that together form the current state of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as of 2017. The primary audience is CSS implementers, not CSS authors, as this definition includes modules by specification stability, not Web browser adoption rate.

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