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Call for Review: HTML5 Proposed Recommendation Published

16 September 2014 | Archive

The HTML Working Group has published a Proposed 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. Comments are welcome through 14 October. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

TTML Text and Image Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0 Draft Published

30 September 2014 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group has published a Working Draft of TTML Text and Image Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0. This document specifies two profiles of Timed Text Markup Language 1: 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. The text profile is a superset of TTML Simple Delivery Profile for Closed Captions (US). Learn more about the Video in the Web Activity.

Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Specification Draft Published

25 September 2014 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group has published a Working Draft of Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Specification. DOM Events is designed with two main goals. The first goal is the design of an event system which allows registration of event listeners and describes event flow through a tree structure. Additionally, the specification will provide standard modules of events for user interface control and document mutation notifications, including defined contextual information for each of these event modules. The second goal of DOM Events is to provide a common subset of the current event systems used in existing browsers. This is intended to foster interoperability of existing scripts and content. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Last Call: CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1

25 September 2014 | Archive

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1. The specification describes a CSS box model optimized for user interface design. In the flex layout model, the children of a flex container can be laid out in any direction, and can “flex” their sizes, either growing to fill unused space or shrinking to avoid overflowing the parent. Both horizontal and vertical alignment of the children can be easily manipulated. Nesting of these boxes (horizontal inside vertical, or vertical inside horizontal) can be used to build layouts in two dimensions. Comments are welcome through 25 October. Learn more about the Style Activity.

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 Working Drafts Updated

25 September 2014 | Archive

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) today published updated Working Drafts of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 and UAAG 2.0 Reference: Explanations, Examples, and Resources for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. UAAG defines how browsers, media players, and other “user agents” should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. It is introduced in the UAAG Overview. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Upcoming Workshop: Privacy and User–Centric Controls

22 September 2014 | Archive

Today the W3C announced a Workshop on Privacy and User–Centric Controls, on 20–21 November 2014, Berlin, Germany to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection on the Web, especially for mobile devices.

The Workshop focus will be on users: user experience, user behavior and how we can offer controls that provide the necessary transparency of privacy-affecting interactions. We will also discuss how developers can meet users’ privacy needs on the Web, including what APIs are necessary for user privacy.

Sample Workshop topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Improving the UI for stateful services, overview of states
  • Defaults for expiration of stateful situations
  • How to convey state information to the User
  • How to deal with logging and how to provide interfaces for logged data
  • Requirements for private browsing on mobile
  • A privacy ontology for mobile apps and their use of personal data
  • The value of privacy in paradigms for mobile UI
  • Selective release of personal information to apps
  • Controlling the geo-location interfaces, including UI challenges
  • Enforcing data expiry

W3C membership is not required to participate. There is no cost to participate and the event is open to all. All participants are required to submit a position paper or statement of interest by 10 October 2014. Learn more how to participate.

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