W3C Workshop Report: Smart Descriptions and Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc)

20 February 2017 | Archive

workshop attendees group pictureW3C published today the report from the W3C “Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc)” workshop, held on 30 November – 1 December 2016 in Amsterdam.

The report contains an executive summary and conclusions, as well as a brief summary and visual report of each session, with links to all presentation slides. The event’s agenda also links to the papers received and the rough notes taken throughout the event. The clear conclusion from the well attended workshop was that a new Working Group is needed to achieve two goals:

  1. Revise and expand the Data Catalog Vocabulary, DCAT to cover versioning, data series, APIs and more.
  2. Develop the concepts of data profiles (cardinality constraints and enumerated allowed values) and, from that, the mechanisms for content negotiation by those profiles. Following a careful analysis of the current state of the art, presented at the workshop, an Internet Draft is already in preparation on this topic. The WG’s role will be to put this in context and explain how fallback mechanisms can be used.

We’ve shared advance notice today that the W3C team is working on a draft charter for a new Data Exchange Working Group, and encourage public comments and suggestions on the draft charter in the dxwg GitHub issue repository.

We thank our Workshop sponsors: the EU-funded VRE4EIC project and Informatie Vlaanderen, the Flemish government’s digital agency, as well as our host, CWI, for making this event possible.

First Public Working Drafts: CSS Timing Functions Level 1; CSS Containment Module Level 1

21 February 2017 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published two First Public Working Drafts today:

  • CSS Timing Functions Level 1, a module that describes a way for authors to define a transformation to be applied to the time of an animation. This can be used to produce animations that mimic physical phenomena such as momentum or to cause the animation to move in discrete steps producing robot-like movement.
  • CSS Containment Module Level 1, a module which describes the ‘contain’ property, which indicates that the element’s subtree is independent of the rest of the page. This enables heavy optimizations by user agents when used well.

Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices Note Published

16 February 2017 | Archive

The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a Group Note of Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices. This document advises on best practices related to the publication and usage of spatial data on the Web; the use of Web technologies as they may be applied to location. The best practices are intended for practitioners, including Web developers and geospatial experts, and are compiled based on evidence of real-world application. These best practices suggest a significant change of emphasis from traditional Spatial Data Infrastructures by adopting a Linked Data approach. As location is often the common factor across multiple datasets, spatial data is an especially useful addition to the Linked Data cloud; the 5 Stars of Linked Data paradigm is promoted where relevant.

Ready-made Counter Styles Note Published

16 February 2017 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a Working Group Note that contains templates for counter styles used by various cultures around the world. It can be used as a reference for those wishing to add user-defined counter styles in their CSS style sheets. The content of this document was originally part of the CSS Lists and Counters specification, but is now published as a standalone document. It is expected that the document will be updated from time to time to include new counter styles.

First Public Working Draft: International text layout and typography index

9 February 2017 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of International text layout and typography index. This document points browser implementers and specification developers to information about how to support typographic features of scripts or writing systems from around the world, and also points to relevant information in specifications, to tests, and to useful articles and papers. It is not exhaustive, and will be added to from time to time.

W3C Invites Implementations of XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 3.0

7 February 2017 | Archive

The XSLT Working Group invites implementations of the Candidate Recommendation of XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 3.0 . This specification defines the syntax and semantics of XSLT 3.0, a language designed primarily for transforming XML documents into other XML documents. XSLT 3.0 is a revised version of the XSLT 2.0 Recommendation XSLT 2.0 published on 23 January 2007.

The primary purpose of the changes in this version of the language is to enable transformations to be performed in streaming mode, where neither the source document nor the result document is ever held in memory in its entirety. Another important aim is to improve the modularity of large stylesheets, allowing stylesheets to be developed from independently-developed components with a high level of software engineering robustness.

First Public Working Draft: TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0.1 (IMSC1)

3 February 2017 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group has published a Working Draft of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0.1 (IMSC1). This document specifies two profiles of TTML1: a text-only profile and an image-only profile. These profiles are intended to be used across subtitle and caption delivery applications worldwide, thereby simplifying interoperability, consistent rendering and conversion to other subtitling and captioning formats.

W3C Welcomes IDPF as Organizations Officially Combine to Develop Roadmap for Future of Publishing

1 February 2017 | Archive

publishing at W3C gigdetW3C announced on 1 February 2017 that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations to better align Publishing and Web technologies and to create a new roadmap for the future of publishing.

“W3C is thrilled to gain the expertise of the publishing industry with its rich tradition of excellence in developing many forms of content for books, magazines, journals, educational materials and scholarly publications,” said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. “Working together, Publishing@W3C will bring exciting new capabilities and features to the future of publishing, authoring and reading using Web technologies.”

More than 75 organizations provided EPUB 3.1 Member Submission as a Member Submission to ensure that the EPUB 3.1 standard, developed by IDPF, remains royalty-free. To maintain EPUB and advance its further adoption, W3C is setting up a separate EPUB (3.1) Community Group that is free and open to anyone to participate.

A new Publishing Business Group will be the focal point for the community to address new needs and requirements and to serve as a forum for industry discussions. The Publishing@W3C roadmap includes plans to charter new standards work later this year to focus on both online as well as offline access for digital publications.

For more information read the press release.

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    EPUB Summit 2017

    Royal library of Belgium, Brussels

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    Publishing Business Group kick-off meeting

    London, UK

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    Web x IoT Makers Hackathon

    Tokyo, Japan

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    Spatial Data on the Web WG

    Delft, Netherlands

    Open Geospatial Consortium TC

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    Perth, Australia

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    CSS Working Group Meeting

    Tokyo, Japan