W3C opens Technical Architecture Group (TAG) election

16 November 2021 | Archive

W3C TAG logoThe W3C Advisory Committee, having nominated four individuals, is invited today to vote until 14 December 2021 for three seats in the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) election.

The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered under the W3C Process Document, with stewardship of the Web architecture. Some aspects of its mission include:

  • to document and build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary;
  • to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG;
  • to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

Job: Automotive and Transportation Champion (USA, China, Japan)

15 November 2021 | Archive

handshakeWe are excited to announce an open position (possibly part-time) : Automotive & Transportation Champion, based in the USA or China, or Japan.

This is an opportunity for a global leader to drive the overall strategy of applying open web standards to the automotive & transportation ecosystem. The Champion is a thought leader who has a deep understanding of the needs of the automotive industry and a working understanding of web technology. The Champion engages with other automotive thought leaders from W3C Members and with technologists in W3C. By bringing these groups together, the Champion identifies new technology needs for the industry and identifies technical and business approaches to satisfy those needs.

Call for Prior Art — Second Screen Working Group PAG

3 December 2021 | Archive

The Second Screen Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG), launched in August 2021 in response to disclosures related to a specification of the Second Screen Working Group, has issued a Call for Prior Art to seek prior art that is available in the public domain or on terms consistent with W3C’s Royalty-Free Licensing Requirements.

Public comments may be directed to (public archive) by 31 March 2022. For more information about the Second Screen Working Group PAG, see its home page and charter.

W3C Invites Implementations of User Timing and Performance Timeline

2 December 2021 | Archive

The Web Performance Working Group invites implementations of two Candidate Recommendation Snapshots:

  • User Timing defines an interface to help web developers measure the performance of their applications by giving them access to high precision timestamps.
  • Performance Timeline extends the High Resolution Time specification [HR-TIME-3] by providing methods to store and retrieve high resolution performance metric data.

Comments are welcome by 01 February 2022.

First Public Working Draft: MiniApp Packaging

30 November 2021 | Archive

The MiniApps Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of MiniApp Packaging. This specification defines semantics and conformance requirements for a MiniApp package, and the structure of the single file container that holds the resources of a MiniApp, including a manifest file, static page templates, stylesheets, JavaScript documents, media files and other resources. Instances of the MiniApp package are used for MiniApp distribution and execution on runtime environments (MiniApp user agent).

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

First Public Working Draft: Digital Publishing Accessibility API Mappings 1.1

30 November 2021 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Digital Publishing Accessibility API Mappings 1.1. The Digital Publishing Accessibility API Mappings (DPub-AAM) defines how user agents map the Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module [dpub-aria-1.1] markup to platform accessibility APIs. It is intended for user agent developers responsible for accessibility in their user agent so that they can support the accessibility content produced for digital publishing.

The implementation of this specification in user agents enables authors to produce more accessible e-books, by conveying structural book constructs used by the digital publishing industry to assistive technologies. It does this by extending the Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.1 and the Accessible Name and Description: Computation and API Mappings 1.1 specifications for user agents. It provides Accessibility API Mapping guidance for the roles defined in the Digital Publish WAI-ARIA Module.

The DPub-AAM is part of the WAI-ARIA suite described in the WAI-ARIA Overview.

Last Call for Review of Proposed Corrections: Verifiable Credentials Data Model v1.1 Recommendation

9 November 2021 | Archive

The Verifiable Credentials Working Group has proposed corrections to the W3C Recommendation of Verifiable Credentials Data Model v1.1. Credentials are a part of our daily lives; driver’s licenses are used to assert that we are capable of operating a motor vehicle, university degrees can be used to assert our level of education, and government-issued passports enable us to travel between countries. This specification provides a mechanism to express these sorts of credentials on the Web in a way that is cryptographically secure, privacy respecting, and machine-verifiable.

Comments, including implementation experience, are welcome via GitHub through 18 January 2022.

W3C updates its Process Document

2 November 2021 | Archive

megaphoneThe W3C Membership approved the 2 November 2021 W3C Process Document, which takes effect today.

Notable changes include:

  • Registries Track: Introduced a specialized track for maintaining Registries at W3C.
  • W3C Statements: Notes endorsed by W3C as a whole, through an Advisory Committee Review.
  • TAG and AB Publications: The W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) and Advisory Board (AB) are now allowed to publish Notes.
  • Track Separation: Recommendations, Notes+Statements, Registries are on separated publication tracks to make it easier to know what the intended end-state of a document might be.
  • Tooling Policy: Defined guidelines for the tools that groups use for publication and collaboration, to ensure long-lived access to W3C publications, and to enable access and effective participation by anyone.

You can read more about all changes since the 15 September 2020 Process Document, read the complete disposition of comments, or peruse the diff.

This document was developed between the W3C Advisory Board and the public Revising W3C Process Community Group. Comments and feedback on the new Process Document may be sent as issues in the public GitHub Repository.

W3C Strategic Highlights, October 2021

19 October 2021 | Archive

megaphoneW3C released today to the public the October 2021 edition of the W3C Strategic Highlights. This report highlights recent work W3C Members and the public do at the Web Consortium to enhance the Web platform, work towards its growth and strength so that the web remains a tool that has and will continue to accelerate scientific cooperation and discoveries, a social means to bridge families and friends, a way to learn online and grow skills, an instrument to conduct successful business, and much more.

You will find in this semi-annual report updates in key areas that are core to the Web platform, but also how W3C meets the needs of industry and society as a whole, how the future of Web standards is determined, and the latest information on Web for all and outreach to the world.

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