Last Call: Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)

24 April 2014 | Archive

Today W3C took a modest but fundamental step in strengthening online privacy protections with the publication of a Last Call Working Draft of Tracking Preference Expression (DNT). The specification plays a key role in addressing user demand for improved control of online privacy. It enables individuals to express their privacy preferences in a simple, stable, scalable, and flexible browser setting. The Tracking Protection Working Group seeks feedback on the TPE specification through 18 June.

Although Tracking Protection Expression is the foundation specification for users to express privacy preferences online, it is not a complete privacy solution. The group will now continue work on its second specification, Tracking Compliance and Scope, which help websites define and describe their responses to the DNT signal. The Tracking Protection Working Group includes browser vendors, content providers, advertisers, search engines, and international experts in policy, privacy, and consumer protection.

Learn more about W3C’s Privacy Activity.

Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Primer Draft Published

24 April 2014 | Archive

The Efficient XML Interchange Working Group has published a Working Draft of Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Primer, which provides technical background for the Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) format. It is oriented towards quickly understanding how the EXI format can be used in practice and how options can be set to achieve specific needs. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

Web Payments Workshop Participants Urge W3C to Form Steering Committee

23 April 2014 | Archive

Today W3C published its report from the March Workshop on Web and Payments. More than 100 people from the banking industry, payment service providers, virtual currencies providers, financial institutions, mobile industry, browser vendors, payment regulators, and payment standardization bodies met to discuss Web payment use cases, business requirements, and standardization priorities.

During their two-day agenda they addressed questions such as how can both legacy business models and new business models involving payment be better enabled on the Web? What are the main obstacles to seamless payments on the Web? on Mobile devices? What can we do to facilitate global transactions while still respecting local laws, regulation and both existing and new business models?

Participants recorded key outputs from the meeting, including a recommendation that W3C establish a “steering group” (a W3C Interest Group) to formulate a strategy and roadmap of Web Payments, including existing work at W3C and potential new work. W3C invites expressions of interest in the development of this steering group. For more information, contact Stéphane Boyera.

Requirements for IndieUI: Events 1.0 and IndieUI: User Context 1.0 First Public Working Draft Published

22 April 2014 | Archive

The Independent User Interface (Indie UI) Working Group today published the First Public Working Draft of Requirements for IndieUI: Events 1.0 and IndieUI: User Context 1.0. The document introduces use cases related to the IndieUI specifications and the technical requirements for meeting the use cases. IndieUI: Events defines a way for different user interactions to be translated into simple events and communicated to web applications. With IndieUI, web application developers will have a uniform way to design applications that work for multiple devices and contexts. It is introduced in the IndieUI Overview. One focus of IndieUI is enabling better user interaction in the mobile environment. This Requirements document provides an opportunity for early review of user needs to be addressed by the IndieUI specifications. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

SVG Integration Draft Published

17 April 2014 | Archive

The SVG Working Group has published a Working Draft of SVG Integration. This specification details requirements on how SVG documents must be processed when used in various contexts, such as CSS background images, HTML ‘iframe’ elements, and so on. These requirements include which features are restricted or disabled, such as scripting and animation. A number of referencing modes are defined, which other specifications that allow the embedding or referencing of SVG documents can normatively reference. Learn more about the Graphics Activity.

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