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W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group

8 January 2019 | Archive

W3C TAG logo  The W3C Advisory Committee has elected the following people to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG): Alice Boxhall (Google), Sangwhan Moon (Odd Concepts) and Theresa O’Connor (Apple). They join co-Chair Tim Berners-Lee and continuing participants, Daniel Appelquist (Samsung Electronics; co-Chair), David Baron (Mozilla Foundation), Hadley Beeman (W3C Invited Expert), Kenneth Rohde Christiansen (Intel Corporation), Peter Linss (W3C Invited Expert; co-Chair), and Lukasz Olejnik (W3C Invited Expert). Yves Lafon continues as staff contact. Many thanks to Travis Leithead (Microsoft) and Alex Russell (Google), whose terms end at the end of this month.

The mission of the TAG is to build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary, to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG, and to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C. The elected Members of the TAG participate as individual contributors and not representatives of their organizations. TAG participants use their best judgment to find the best solutions for the Web, not just for any particular network, technology, vendor, or user. Learn more about the TAG.

Call for Review: Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 1 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

17 January 2019 | Archive

The Web Authentication Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 1. This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users. Conceptually, one or more public key credentials, each scoped to a given WebAuthn Relying Party, are created by and bound to authenticators as requested by the web application. The user agent mediates access to authenticators and their public key credentials in order to preserve user privacy. Authenticators are responsible for ensuring that no operation is performed without user consent. Authenticators provide cryptographic proof of their properties to Relying Parties via attestation. This specification also describes the functional model for WebAuthn conformant authenticators, including their signature and attestation functionality.

Comments are welcome through 14 February 2019.

Call for Review: User Timing Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

10 January 2019 | Archive

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

Comments are welcome through 7 February 2019.

New version of the Roadmap of Web Applications on Mobile

7 January 2019 | Archive

icon representing mobile life-cycleW3C has published a new version of its Roadmap of Web Applications on Mobile, an overview of the various technologies developed in W3C that increase the capabilities of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context.

The contents of the roadmap have been updated to follow the evolution of the Web platform since July 2018. See the Change history for details. This new version highlights exploratory work recently started in the Web Platform Incubator Community Group (WICG) to close the gap with native:

Browser support for some of the specifications mentioned in the roadmap has improved since publication of the latest version of the roadmap in July 2018. For instance, Media Queries Level 4, described in Device Adaptation is now supported by all main browsers. Picture-in-Picture is now also supported in Firefox mobile, and has experimental support in Safari (see Media).

Sponsored by Beihang University, this project is part of a set of roadmaps under development in a GitHub repository to document existing standards, highlight ongoing standardization efforts, point out topics under incubation, and discuss technical gaps that may need to be addressed in the future. New versions will be published on a quarterly basis, or as needed depending on progress of key technologies of the Web platform. We encourage the community to review them and raise comments, or suggest new ones, in the repository’s issue tracker.

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