ODRL 2.2 is now a W3C Recommendation

15 February 2018 | Archive

diagram of simplified ODRL modelThe Permissions & Obligations Expression Working Group has just published a Recommendation for two documents, namely:

  • ODRL Information Model—The Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL) is a policy expression language that provides a flexible and interoperable information model, vocabulary, and encoding mechanisms for representing statements about the usage of content and services. The ODRL Information Model describes the underlying concepts, entities, and relationships that form the foundational basis for the semantics of the ODRL policies.
    Policies are used to represent permitted and prohibited actions over a certain asset, as well as the obligations required to be met by stakeholders. In addition, policies may be limited by constraints (e.g., temporal or spatial constraints) and duties (e.g., payments) may be imposed on permissions.
  • ODRL Vocabulary & Expression—The ODRL Vocabulary and Expression describes the terms used in ODRL policies and how to encode them.

Please read more in the W3C Blog about ODRL, its story and its future, ODRL: A Path Well Travelled, a post authored by the working group co-chair, Renato Iannella, Monegraph.

First Public Working Draft: Text Layout Requirements for the Arabic Script

22 February 2018 | Archive

illustration of the effect of base direction on the order of runs The Arabic Layout Task Force, part of the W3C Internationalization Interest Group, has published a First Public Working Draft of Text Layout Requirements for the Arabic Script. This document describes the basic requirements for Arabic script layout and text support on the Web and in eBooks. These requirements provide information for Web technologies such as CSS, HTML and digital publications about how to support users of Arabic scripts. Currently the document focuses on Standard Arabic and Persian. Public comments are welcome, please raise them as github issues.

Read how W3C Internationalization (i18n) is making the World Wide Web worldwide.

WebAssembly First Public Working Drafts

15 February 2018 | Archive

The WebAssembly Working Group has published three First Public Working Drafts:

WebAssembly is a virtual instruction set architecture with many use cases and can be embedded in many different environments, that enables high performance applications on the Web. The design goals of WebAssembly are fast, safe, and portable semantics; efficient and portable representation. WebAssembly code is also intended to be easy to inspect and debug, especially in environments like web browsers.

W3C Invites Implementations of the Vehicle Information Service Specification

13 February 2018 | Archive

The Automotive Working Group invites implementations of the Vehicle Information Service Specification Candidate Recommendation. This specification defines a WebSocket based API for a Vehicle Information Service (VIS) to enable client applications to get, set, subscribe and unsubscribe to vehicle signals and data attributes.

The purpose of the specification is to promote a Server API that enables application development in a consistent manner across participating automotive manufacturers.

W3C Announces All-out Spec Template Redesign Collaboration

8 February 2018 | Archive

The W3C Specification Redesign Team comprises students in the User Experience and Interaction Design master’s degree program at Jefferson UniversityW3C today announced a collaboration with Jefferson University User Experience and Interaction Design program, which has established a class and a small working group of student designers to re-design the W3C’s specification template, aiming to make the standards for the web easier to use. The scope, requirements and audiences considerations are listed in the SpecProd/Restyle wiki.

The students are asking for your guidance, criticism and participation; and will be posting updates, sharing explorations and revisions, and requesting feedback via the Jefferson + W3C Collaboration blog. Everyone who uses or produces W3C specifications is invited to follow along and contribute. This will be a semester-long project for the students, with the goal of producing a prototype for May 2018. (Implementation and deployment plans will follow.)

HTML Media Capture is now a W3C Recommendation

1 February 2018 | Archive

The Device and Sensors Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the HTML Media Capture specification.

The HTML Media Capture specification defines an HTML form extension that facilitates user access to a device’s media capture mechanism, such as a camera, or microphone, from within a file upload control.

W3C Invites Implementations of WCAG 2.1

30 January 2018 | Archive

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group invites implementations of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Candidate Recommendation. WCAG 2.1 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these. These guidelines address accessibility of web content on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general. See the post WCAG 2.1 is a Candidate Recommendation for more information about this publication.

Upcoming Workshop: Data Privacy Controls and Vocabularies

26 January 2018 | Archive

WU Vienna CampusW3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Privacy and Linked Data, April 17-18 2018, in Vienna, Austria. The event is hosted by WU Vienna.

The primary goal of the workshop is to explore interoperability in privacy and compliance expressions using Linked Data. But based on transportable linked data, many privacy concepts can be created.

Expected topics of discussion include:

  • Privacy and Transparency in Linked Data
  • Identity management vocabularies
  • Categories of sensitive and personal data
  • Modeling/Interlinking aspects of privacy and provenance
  • Modeling consent and making it transportable
  • Vocabularies to model privacy policies, regulations, and involved (business) processes
  • Modeling permissions, obligations, and their scope in dealing with personal data
  • Reasoning about formally declared privacy policies, in order to detect policy violations, breach and enforce policies
  • Exploring links and synergies using Linked Data vocabularies in the context of related efforts such as W3C’s Social Web WG, Verifiable Claims WG, ODRL/POE WG, Credentials CG, and PROV WG or other (non-W3C) efforts (e.g. OASIS XDI, OASIS COEL, Kantarainitiative’s CISWG)
  • Visualizations of data and policy information to help data self determination

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions.

Registration is available online due by 02 April 2018.

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