W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization

28 June 2022 | Archive

megaphoneWe are pleased to announce today that W3C is to become a public-interest non-profit organization. The design of the new legal entity has been taking several years because of the imperative to preserve the core mission of the Consortium to shepherd the web by developing open standards with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community. In the months leading to the launch of a new legal entity in January 2023, we will release further details. Please find more information in our media advisory about the original Hosted model that is being replaced and what it helped W3C accomplish in 28 years, the reasons for change and why we must preserve our standards development process, and our next steps.

Hiring: North America Business Development Lead (North America, Canada)

9 June 2022 | Archive

handshakeWe are excited to announce an immediate job opening: North America Business Development Lead.

The position is based in the USA or Canada, for remote work-from-home, as a full-time contractor with the opportunity to become an employee of W3C, Inc.

We are looking for a results-driven and dynamic Business Development Leader to drive recruiting W3C Members in the Americas, attend and present at industry events for active recruitment, and community and relationship building. The individual will join the W3C Business Development Team.

First Public Working Draft: Multi-Screen Window Placement

30 June 2022 | Archive

The Second Screen Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Multi-Screen Window Placement. This document defines a web platform API that allows script to query the device for information about its screens, and place content on specific screens.

Draft Note: Ethical Principles for Web Machine Learning

28 June 2022 | Archive

The Web Machine Learning Working Group has published a First Draft Note of its Ethical Principles for Web Machine Learning. This document identifies ethical issues associated with using Machine Learning on the Web, to help identify what mitigations the Working Group’s normative specifications should take into account. Based on the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, it offers an initial attempt at describing how these principles might apply to Machine Learning in browsers.

Page Visibility Level 2 Published as a Discontinued Draft

23 June 2022 | Archive

The Web Performance Working Group published today Page Visibility Level 2 as a Discontinued Draft. The content is now integrated in the HTML living standard.

Publication as a Discontinued Draft implies that this document is no longer intended to advance or to be maintained. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than abandoned work.

W3C joins leading standards organizations and companies to coordinate interoperability standards for an open and inclusive metaverse

22 June 2022 | Archive

The Metaverse Standards Forum launched on June 21, 2022, of which the Web Consortium is a founding member, among other key actors whose focus is on leading platforms, hardware, tools, engines, users. The forum, whose membership is free, and open to any organization, brings together leading standards organizations and companies for industry-wide cooperation on interoperability standards needed to build an open and inclusive metaverse.

W3C immersive web strategist Dominique Hazaël-Massieux declared “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is joining the Metaverse Standards Forum to accelerate the coordination with other standards organizations and metaverse stakeholders in building an interoperable platform for the metaverse, in which W3C’s Immersive Web vision is set to play a critical role.

The first meetings of the Metaverse Standards Forum will start in July 2022.

W3C Invites Implementations of CSS Custom Properties for Cascading Variables Module Level 1

16 June 2022 | Archive

The CSS Working Group invites implementations of a Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of CSS Custom Properties for Cascading Variables Module Level 1. This module introduces cascading variables as a new primitive value type that is accepted by all CSS properties, and custom properties for defining them.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

W3C Advisory Committee Elects Advisory Board

3 June 2022 | Archive

Logo for the W3C Advisory BoardThe W3C Advisory Committee has elected the following people to fill five seats on the W3C Advisory Board starting 1 July 2022: Wei Ding (Huawei), Tatsuya Igarashi (Sony), Florian Rivoal (W3C Invited Expert), Tzviya Siegman (Wiley) and David Singer (Apple) will join continuing participants Heejin Chung (Samsung), Avneesh Singh (DAISY Consortium), Eric Siow (Intel), Léonie Watson (TetraLogical), Chris Wilson (Google) and Hongru (Judy) Zhu (Alibaba). Many thanks to the 6 candidates, and to Tantek Çelik (Mozilla) whose term ends this month.

Created in March 1998, the Advisory Board provides ongoing guidance to the W3C Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. The Advisory Board manages the evolution of the Process Document. The elected Members of the Advisory Board participate as individual contributors and not representatives of their organizations. Advisory Board participants use their best judgment to find the best solutions for the Web, not just for any particular network, technology, vendor, or user. Read more about the Advisory Board and its work.

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