Job: Web Accessibility Development and Operations Lead, based in Europe

29 July 2021 | Archive

We are excited to announce an open position at W3C WAI: Web Accessibility Development and Operations Lead, based in Europe.

This is an opportunity for a unique individual to work directly with the W3C & WAI communities as a development and operations lead for work on digital accessibility standards and supporting materials and approaches. For this full-time position based in Europe, we are seeking an individual with project management and operational experience as well as expertise in multiple areas of digital accessibility, to help drive development of accessible next generation digital technology standards for millions of people with disabilities around the world. Work starts on September 1, 2021.

Note:The job description was edited after its announcement, to remove the number of years of experience required, which we deemed a possible filter that might exclude a number of people, including prevent women from applying.

New video introduces TPAC — our annual conference

8 July 2021 | Archive

screenshot of TPAC videoW3C released today a short video introducing our annual conference. TPAC is the acclaimed event where web standards are developed for the benefit of humanity.

Watch the video to learn how the Web community engages at this important rendez-vous, how together we create momentum, brainstorm and coordinate work, how together the Web Consortium makes the Web work, for everyone.

First Public Working Drafts: VISS version 2, Core and Transport

29 July 2021 | Archive

The Automotive Working Group has published two Public Working Drafts for VISS version 2, Core and Transport.

This specification describes a second version of VISS which has been implemented and deployed on production vehicles. It adds major new capabilities and improvements to the earlier version. The first version of VISS only supported WebSocket as a transport protocol, the second version is generalized to work across different protocols as some are better suited for different use cases. HTTP is now supported with additional protocols used within the automotive industry being evaluated for inclusion. Subscription capabilities have been improved and access control has been added.

There are two parts to this specification, Core and Transport.

  • VISS version 2 – Core describes the VISSv2 messaging layer. The companion specifications for the VISSv2 transport protocols detail the mapping of the messaging layer to selected transports. The ontologies based on the VISSv2 core specification are defined in documents for each specific domain (e.g. navigation, media, vehicle data).
  • VISS version 2-Transport describes the VISSv2 transport protocols, and the mapping of the message layer on these transports. The companion specification VISSv2 CORE describes the messaging layer.

Updated Candidate Recommendation: CSS Counter Styles Level 3

27 July 2021 | Archive

The CSS Working Group invites implementation of an updated Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of CSS Counter Styles Level 3. This module introduces the @counter-style rule, which allows authors to define their own custom counter styles for use with CSS list-marker and generated-content counters [CSS-LISTS-3]. It also predefines a set of common counter styles, including the ones present in CSS2 and CSS2.1.

Comments are welcome via the GitHub issues by 27 October 2021.

First Public Working Draft: Internationalization Glossary

8 July 2021 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Internationalization Glossary. This document provides definitions for various terms related to W3C internationalization.

W3C Invites Implementations of ARIA in HTML

6 July 2021 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group has published the ARIA in HTML as a W3C Candidate Recommendation Snapshot. This specification defines the authoring rules (author conformance requirements) for the use of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 and Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 attributes on [HTML] elements. This specification’s primary objective is to define requirements for use with conformance checking tools used by authors (i.e., web developers). These requirements will aid authors in their development of web content, including custom interfaces/widgets, that makes use of ARIA to complement or extend the features of the host language [HTML].

Accessibility accommodations now part of all W3C workshops

5 July 2021 | Archive

W3C announced today that as part of our growing concern for inclusion, all W3C workshops will now include the following standard accessibility accommodations:

  • English captions available on all pre recorded presentations, before the live sessions
  • Real-time English captions available during the live sessions
  • American Sign language and other services will depend on participant requests

W3C organizes Workshops to promote early involvement in the development of W3C activities from Members and the public. The goal of a workshop is usually either to convene experts and other interested parties for an exchange of ideas about a technology or policy, or to address the pressing concerns of W3C Members.

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