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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.

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.

First Public Working Draft: IMSC Hypothetical Render Model

9 November 2021 | Archive

image of IMSC DOCUMENT COMPLEXITYThe Timed Text Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of IMSC Hypothetical Render Model. This specification specifies an Hypothetical Render Model (HRM) that measures the complexity of caption and subtitle documents that conform to the IMSC Recommendation, so that they do not overload players. For more information, see the blog post Keeping the complexity of IMSC documents under control.

Working Group Note: EPUB 3 Structural Semantics Vocabulary 1.1

4 November 2021 | Archive

The EPUB 3 Working Group has just published the Working Group Note of EPUB 3 Structural Semantics Vocabulary 1.1. This vocabulary, a part of EPUB 3, defines a set of properties relating to the description of structural semantics of written works.

Structural semantics add additional meaning about the specific structural purpose an HTML (or SVG) element plays. The epub:type attribute, defined in EPUB 3.3, is used to express domain-specific semantics in EPUB Content Documents and Media Overlay Documents, with the structural information it carries complementing the underlying vocabulary. The applied semantics refine the meaning of their containing elements without changing their nature for assistive technologies, as happens when using the similar role attribute in HTML. The attribute does not enhance the accessibility of the content, in other words, only provides hints about the purpose. This documents defines the default vocabulary that can be used with the epub:type attribute.

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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