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W3C launches Internationalization Initiative

9 July 2018 | Archive

Internationalization (I18n) Activity: Making the World Wide Web truly world wide!The World Wide Web Consortium today launched the Internationalization Initiative to expand core work in further internationalizing the Web. “Supporting the W3C Internationalization Initiative with funding or expertise is a vital way that our Web community creates the future of the global Web,” said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. W3C thanks Alibaba, Apple, Advanced Publishing Lab (Keio University), Monotype, and The Paciello Group who have stepped up as Founding Sponsors. Read about W3C Internationalization and its Sponsorship Program and the press release and testimonials.

Upcoming W3C Workshop on Permissions and User Consent

12 July 2018 | Archive

Man pressing button on display with padlockW3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Permissions and User Consent, September 18-19, 2018, in San Diego, California, USA. The event is hosted by Qualcomm.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together security and privacy experts, UI/UX researchers, browser vendors, mobile OS developers, API authors, Web publishers and users to address the privacy, security and usability challenges presented by a complex and overlapping variety of permissions and consent systems available for hardware sensors, device capabilities and applications on the Web.

The scope includes:

  • user consent;
  • bundling of permissions;
  • lifetime/duration of permissions;
  • permission inheritance to iframes and other embedded elements;
  • relation to same origin policy;
  • UIs and controls;
  • interaction with private browsing modes;
  • implicit permission grants;
  • progressive permission grants;
  • cross-stack permissions: how OS, browser, and web app permissions interact;
  • permission transparency;
  • relation to regulatory requirements;
  • special considerations for systems that use the browser as a pass-through
  • permissions/transparency/UI as it relates to display-less devices that connect to the Internet.

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by August 17, 2018.

W3C Invites Implementations of Payment Request API

10 July 2018 | Archive

The Web Payments Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of Payment Request API. This specification standardizes an API to allow merchants (i.e. web sites selling physical or digital goods) to utilize one or more payment methods with minimal integration. User agents (e.g., browsers) facilitate the payment flow between merchant and user.

W3C Invites Implementations of User Timing Level 2

9 July 2018 | Archive

The Web Performance Working Group invites implementations of User Timing Level 2 Candidate Recommendation. This specification defines an interface to help web developers measure the performance of their applications by giving them access to high precision timestamps.

ACT Rules Format 1.0 Final Working Draft

5 July 2018 | Archive

A wide review Working Draft of Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format was published today by the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG). This draft addresses all comments received on the previous drafts. Most importantly, “Composed Rules” was introduced, in addition to “Atomic Rules”, to replace “Rule Groups”. This draft is accompanied by sample ACT Rules that implement this rules format. Read about the the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Draft update to Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA

3 July 2018 | Archive

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published a Working Draft of a revision to Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA. Since the last publication, the abilities of robots to defeat CAPTCHAs has increased, and new technologies to authenticate human users have come available. This update brings the document up to date with these new realities. For more information, see the blog post Updated and extensively revised “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA” Published. Read about the Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

W3C Invites Implementations of Identifiers for WebRTC Statistics API

3 July 2018 | Archive

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group invites implementations of Identifiers for WebRTC’s Statistics API Candidate Recommendation. This document defines a set of WebIDL objects that allow access to the statistical information about a RTCPeerConnection. These objects are returned from the getStats API that is specified in [WEBRTC].

First Public Working Drafts: WebRTC DSCP Control API; MediaStreamTrack Content Hints

3 July 2018 | Archive

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published two First Public Working Drafts:

  • WebRTC DSCP Control API: This API defines a control surface for manipulating the network control bits (DSCP bits) of outgoing WebRTC packets.
  • MediaStreamTrack Content Hints: This specification extends MediaStreamTrack to provide a media-content hint attribute. This optional hint permits MediaStreamTrack consumers such as PeerConnection (defined in [webrtc]) or MediaRecorder (defined in [mediastream-recording]) to encode or process track media with methods more appropriate to the type of content that is being consumed. Adding a media-content hint provides a way for a web application to help track consumers make more informed decision of what encoder parameters and processing algorithms to use on the consumed content.

W3C offers Diversity Scholarships

20 June 2018 | Archive

visual identity for TPAC 2018W3C announced today it was offering Diversity Scholarships. The announcement was made as part of the publication of W3C top-level diversity statistics.

The lack of diversity in tech is a longstanding issue. We would like W3C to be a model of supporting diversity. As an international organization we can see the immense value we gain from having expertise from across multiple countries and cultures. Soon 50% of the world will be on the Web. We know we will need to reflect the diversity of the whole of our world as more and more people begin to access, use and continue to create the Web in all its full potential.

During the Spring W3C Advisory Committee Meeting, a panel on diversity focused on progress we have made and how much more is required. W3C has established a modest fund for TPAC Diversity Scholarships, sponsored by W3C Members Samsung Electronics, The Paciello Group, Consensus System and Microsoft.

Applicants must be from a traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized group in the Web community, including but not limited to: persons identifying as LGBTQ, women, persons of color, and/or persons with disabilities; and be unable to attend without some financial assistance. Please submit or share with friends who qualify and might be interested, by 15 July.

If your organization or yourself wishes to become a sponsor, please e-mail us!

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