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W3C Launches Push for Social Web Application Interoperability

21 July 2014 | Archive

W3C today launched a new Social Activity to develop standards to make it easier to build and integrate social applications with the Open Web Platform. Future standards —including vocabularies for social applications, activity streams, embedded experiences and in-context actions, and protocols to federate social information such as status updates— will address use cases that range from social business applications, to cross-organization federation, to greater user control over personal data. Read the complete joint press release with OpenSocial Foundation.

W3C chartered two groups today to carry out these activities:

  • The Social Web Working Group will define the technical standards and APIs to facilitate access to social functionality as part of the Open Web Platform. These include a common JSON-based syntax for social data, a client-side API, and a Web protocol for federating social information such as status updates.
  • The Social Interest Group will co-ordinate messaging around social at the W3C and formulate a broad strategy to enable social business and federation. It will harvest use-cases and review specifications produced by technical working groups in the light of those use-cases.

The Social Web Working Group’s first face-to-face meeting will take place the last week of October, as part of TPAC 2014, W3C’s annual gathering of Working Groups.

W3C Invites Implementations of HTML5

31 July 2014 | Archive

The HTML Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of HTML5. This specification defines the 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

For Review: Updated Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

24 July 2014 | Archive

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) requests review of draft updates to Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 (Editors’ Draft) and Understanding WCAG 2.0 (Editors’ Draft). Comments are welcome through 12 August 2014. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) To learn more about the updates, see the Call for Review: WCAG 2.0 Techniques Draft Updates e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Developers Guide to Features of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools Draft Published

24 July 2014 | Archive

The First Public Working Draft of Developers’ Guide to Features of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools was published today by the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG). The document describes features that web authoring tools and quality assurance tools can incorporate to support web accessibility evaluation. It is useful for tool developers to get introductory guidance on these features, and is useful for people who want to compare tools, for example, during procurement. The document is intended to promote awareness of accessibility evaluation tool features and to encourage tool developers to include relevant features so that tools better support Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 conformance evaluation. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

W3C Training: HTML5 and Responsive Web Design

23 July 2014 | Archive

W3DevCampus Registration is now open for two new online courses from W3C:

  • HTML5 [Register]. This course runs for 6 weeks, starting 22 September 2014. In addition to a JS crash course, numerous interactive examples and an “animated monster” contest, this new edition gives an introduction on Web components.
  • Responsive Web Design [Register]. This course runs for 4 weeks starting 3 October 2014. This course focuses on best practices, accessibility and optimization.

An early bird rate is available for both courses until 24 August. Learn more about W3DevCampus, the official W3C online training for Web developers and watch the intro video.

First Draft of Mixed Content Published

22 July 2014 | Archive

The Web Application Security Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Mixed Content. This specification details how user agents can mitigate risks to security and privacy by limiting a resource???s ability to inadvertently communicate in the clear, or to expose non-public resources to the web at large. This specification describes how and why user agents disallow rendering and execution of content loaded over unencrypted or unauthenticated connections in the context of an encrypted and authenticated document. Learn more about the Security Activity.

W3C Invites Implementations of Polyglot Markup: A robust profile of the HTML5 vocabulary

17 July 2014 | Archive

The HTML Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of Polyglot Markup: A robust profile of the HTML5 vocabulary. It is sometimes valuable to be able to serve HTML5 documents that are also well formed XML documents. An author may, for example, use XML tools to generate a document, and they and others may process the document using XML tools. The language used to create documents that can be parsed by both HTML and XML parsers is called polyglot markup. Polyglot markup is the overlap language of documents that are both HTML5 documents and XML documents.

The HTML Working Group also published today an updated Candidate Recommendation of Media Source Extensions. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

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