W3C Updates Recommendation Track Process

5 August 2014 | Archive

W3C enacted today the 1 August 2014 W3C Process Document. This revision updates the chapter that defines the Recommendation Track, the steps and requirements followed by W3C Working Groups to standardize Web technology. The W3C technical report development process is designed to support multiple specification development methodologies: maximize consensus about the content of stable technical reports; ensure high technical and editorial quality; promote consistency among specifications; facilitate royalty-free, interoperable implementations of Web Standards; and earn endorsement by W3C and the broader community. The primary change to the Recommendation Track is to merge “Last Call” and “Candidate Recommendation.” A Process Transition FAQ lists other changes to the Recommendation Track, explains the two-year transition plan for adoption by groups, describes the relation to the W3C Patent Policy, and more.

This document was developed between the W3C Advisory Board and the public Revising W3C Process Community Group.

W3C Advisory Committee Elects Mark Nottingham to Technical Architecture Group

1 September 2014 | Archive

The W3C Advisory Committee has elected Mark Nottingham (Akamai Technologies) to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). The mission of the TAG is to 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, and to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

Learn more about the TAG and check out the Extensible Web Summit – Berlin on 11 September.

Encrypted Media Extensions; HTML Canvas 2D Context, Level 2 Drafts Published

28 August 2014 | Archive

The HTML Working Group has published two documents today:

  • A Working Draft of Encrypted Media Extensions. This proposal extends HTMLMediaElement providing APIs to control playback of protected content. The API supports use cases ranging from simple clear key decryption to high value video (given an appropriate user agent implementation). License/key exchange is controlled by the application. This specification does not define a content protection or Digital Rights Management system. Rather, it defines a common API that may be used to discover, select and interact with such systems as well as with simpler content encryption systems.
  • A Working Draft of HTML Canvas 2D Context, Level 2. This specification defines the 2D Context for the HTML canvas element. The 2D Context provides objects, methods, and properties to draw and manipulate graphics on a canvas drawing surface.

Learn more about the HTML Activity.

Last Call: Battery Status API

28 August 2014 | Archive

The Device APIs Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Battery Status API. This specification defines an API that provides information about the battery status of the hosting device. Comments are welcome through 2 October. Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.

Linked Data Platform Best Practices and Guidelines Note Published

28 August 2014 | Archive

The Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a Group Note of Linked Data Platform Best Practices and Guidelines. This document provides best practices and guidelines for implementing Linked Data Platform servers and clients. Learn more about the Data Activity.

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