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WebRTC 1.0 is a W3C Recommendation

26 January 2021 | Archive

WebRTC already serves as a cornerstone of online communication and collaboration services. The WebRTC framework provides the building blocks from which web and app developers can seamlessly add video chat and peer-to-peer data exchange to a range of applications. Billions of users can interact now that WebRTC makes live video chat easier than ever on the Web. To learn more about this timely achievement and what the future holds for WebRTC, please, read our press release.

Call for Review: Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

25 February 2021 | Archive

The Web Authentication Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2. This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users. This is Web Authentication Level 2. Substantive changes since Level 1 are:

  • Added new method to allow Discoverable/Resident Credentials Preferred
  • New methods added for Attestation Objects
  • Added Attestation types (Enterprise, Apple)
  • Added Large Blob storage and credential properties

Explanatory materials and implementation considerations have been updated as well.

Comments are welcome through 26 March 2021.

First Public Working Draft: EPUB Accessibility 1.1

23 February 2021 | Archive

The EPUB 3 Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.1. This document specifies content conformance requirements for verifying the accessibility of EPUB Publications. It also specifies accessibility metadata requirements for the discoverability of EPUB Publications. The document takes an abstract approach to the accessibility requirements for EPUB Publications, similar to how WCAG 2 separates its accessibility guidelines from the techniques to achieve them. This approach allows the guidelines to remain stable even as the format evolves.

To facilitate this approach, a companion EPUB Accessibility Techniques 1.1 has also been published today as a W3C Working Group Note, which outlines conformance techniques. These techniques explain how to meet the requirements of this document for different versions of EPUB.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 is a W3C Recommendation

11 February 2021 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 as a W3C Recommendation. This CSS module describes how to collate style rules and assign values to all properties on all elements. By way of cascading and inheritance, values are propagated for all properties on all elements.

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

W3C Workshop Report: Maps for the Web

8 February 2021 | Archive

Maps of Montreal, past, present, and future. W3C is pleased to announce a report from the W3C/OGC Joint Workshop Series on Maps for the Web, held in September & October, 2020.

Through live presentations, panel discussions, and pre-recorded videos, workshop participants discussed requirements and proposals for Web platform maps.

As an outcome of the workshop, participants seek to initiate a cross-community (W3C, OGC among others) working group that will define a roadmap to specify and implement native Web maps. The ongoing work was initiated and has been incubated in the ​W3C Maps for HTML Community Group​ since late 2014. Anyone interested in participating in the Maps for the Web discussions should join the free W3C Community Group.

W3C thanks our sponsor, Natural Resources Canada, the ​Program Committee​, our co-host, the Open Geospatial Consortium, and all the participants for making this event a success. Please read more in the W3C Blog post.

Six Internationalization Gap-analysis First Public Working Drafts published

4 February 2021 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published First Public Working Drafts for six documents that explore gaps in language support on the Worldwide Web:

These drafts complement the 21 Gap-analysis documents published last June.

We are looking for expert contributors who can help us move this work forward by answering questions, documenting gaps in support, and creating tests. For more information about the program, see this 15 minute overview (slides).

First Public Working Draft: W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

21 January 2021 | Archive

Screenshot showing the w3c logo and the title of the WCAG 3 W3C Accessibility Guidelines 3The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3 has several differences from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.

WCAG 3 is intended to be easier to understand and more flexible than WCAG 2. The flexibility is to address different types of web content, apps, and tools — as well as organizations and people with disabilities. The goals for WCAG 3 are introduced in the Requirements for WCAG 3.0 First Public Working Draft, which was also published today. WCAG 3 proposes a different name, scope, structure, and conformance model.

We encourage you to start by reading the WCAG 3 Introduction first to get important background on WCAG 3 development, review guidance, and timeline.

We are seeking input from evaluators, developers, designers, project managers, policy makers, people with disabilities, and others — particularly on the structure and the draft conformance model. Additional review guidance is in the blog post WCAG 3 FPWD Published. Please submit comments by 26 February 2021.

Upcoming: W3C Workshop on Wide Color Gamut and High Dynamic Range for the Web

23 December 2020 | Archive

chromaticity diagram of wide color gamut W3C announced today the W3C Workshop on Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the Web, which is being organized as a virtual event in April-May 2021.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together browser vendors, content creators, color scientists, and experts in other relevant areas (e.g. accessibility, scripting, security, web) to converge on technologies for enabling WCG and HDR on the Open Web Platform.

The event will be organized as a combination of pre-recorded talks (expressions of interest are due 30 January, with recorded talks to be submitted by 15 March 2021) followed by online issue raising on GitHub, and culminating in a series of live sessions in April and May, organized around three main themes:

  • Wide Color Gamut on the Web
  • High Dynamic Range on the Web
  • WCG and HDR Standardization Landscape

The event is free and open to anyone with relevant perspectives on the topic to register for the event. For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions.

Deadline to submit a proposal for a talk is 30 January 2021, and registration will be open from mid January until April.

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