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W3C Website redesign, phase 1 RFP

7 November 2019 | Archive

W3C is accepting proposals from outside vendors to redesign the existing W3C website. Our organization, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, produces open and royalty-free Web Standards and guidelines that make the Web work, for everyone.

We believe that by implementing current web best practices and technologies, revising the information architecture, creating a content strategy and revamping the visual design, we can provide our audiences with the best information in a more user-friendly fashion, motivate participation in the organization, and communicate the nature and impact of the W3C more effectively.

The current website was redesigned in 2008, moving to a responsive layout, a revised architecture and a custom CMS. Now over 10 years old, the website is showing its age and we have determined that it is not as effective in supporting the W3C’s mission and goals as it could be.

The purpose of our Website redesign RFP is to identify a fully qualified proposer. Interested parties are encouraged to take advantage of the open Questions and Answers period, and required to submit a written proposal to Coralie Mercier, Head of W3C Marketing & Communications who manages this project, no later than 13 December 2019 1700 UTC. We expect to award the project on January 10, 2020.

First Public Working Draft: Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0

7 November 2019 | Archive

The Decentralized Identifier Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0. Decentralized identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier for verifiable, decentralized digital identity. These new identifiers are designed to enable the controller of a DID to prove control over it and to be implemented independently of any centralized registry, identity provider, or certificate authority. DIDs are URLs that relate a DID subject to means for trustable interactions with that subject by way of a DID document. DID documents are simple documents that describe how to use that specific DID. Each DID document may express cryptographic material, verification methods, and/or service endpoints. These provide a set of mechanisms which enable a DID controller to prove control of the DID. Service endpoints enable trusted interactions with the DID subject.

This document specifies a common data model, a URL format, and a set of operations for DIDs, DID documents, and DID methods.

Updated Candidate Recommendations for WoT Thing Description and WoT Architecture

6 November 2019 | Archive

The Web of Things Working Group invites implementations of two updated Candidate Recommendations published today:

  • Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description: This document describes a formal model and common representation for a Web of Things Thing Description. A Thing Description describes the metadata and interfaces of Things, where a Thing is an abstraction of a physical entity that provides interactions to and participates in the Web of Things.
  • Web of Things (WoT) Architecture: This document describes the abstract architecture for the W3C Web of Things, which consists of three initial building blocks, i.e., (1) WoT Thing Description, (2) WoT Scripting API and (3) WoT Binding Templates.

Comments are requested by 4 December 2019.

Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 is a W3C Recommendation

31 October 2019 | Archive

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AGWG) has published Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. This standard helps developers of automated testing tools and manual testing methodologies to write, share, and implement test rules. The test rules contribute to consistent testing for accessibility standards compliance. ACT is introduced in the ACT Overview. For more information and examples of organizations already using ACT, see the blog post: Calibrate Your Accessibility Evaluation With ACT.

Authorized Translation of Data on the Web Best Practices in Brazilian Portuguese

30 October 2019 | Archive

Today W3C published the Brazilian Portuguese Authorized Translation of Data on the Web Best Practices, Boas Práticas para Dados na Web, following the Policy for Authorized W3C Translations. The Lead Translation Organization for this Authorized Translation was the Núcleo de Informação e Coordenação do Ponto BR. This translation and more are listed on W3C public translations page. W3C encourages development of translations in all languages. Read about W3C Translations.

Call for Review: CSS Writing Modes Level 3 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

24 October 2019 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of CSS Writing Modes Level 3. This document defines CSS support for various writing modes and their combinations, including left-to-right and right-to-left text ordering as well as horizontal and vertical orientations. Comments are welcome through 22 November 2019.

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

First Public Working Draft: Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Extension for WebRTC

22 October 2019 | Archive

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Extension for WebRTC. This document defines a set of ECMAScript APIs in WebIDL to extend the WebRTC 1.0 API to enable user agents to support scalable video coding (SVC).

Call for Review: High Resolution Time Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

15 October 2019 | Archive

The Web Performance Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of High Resolution Time Level 2. This specification defines an API that provides the time origin, and current time in sub-millisecond resolution, such that it is not subject to system clock skew or adjustments.

Comments are welcome through 12 November 2019.

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