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W3C Workshop Report: Blockchains and the Web

26 August 2016 | Archive

Blockchain workshop graphical representationW3C published today the report of the W3C Blockchains and the Web workshop held on 29-30 June, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Participants at the workshop found many topics for possible standardization or incubation, including various aspects of identity and proof-of-existence, as well as smaller blockchain primitives that could increase interoperability across different distributed ledgers.

Discussion will continue in the Blockchain Community Group, which will coordinate across different communities and groups to foster standardization where needed, as discussed in the related blog post, “Building Blocks of Blockchains“. This popular workshop had over one hundred attendees, and was hosted by MIT Media Lab and sponsored by NTT, Blockstream, and other W3C Members.

Call for Review: Vibration API Proposed Edited Recommendation Published

18 August 2016 | Archive

The Device and Sensors Working Group has published a Proposed Edited Recommendation of Vibration API. This specification defines an API that provides access to the vibration mechanism of the hosting device. Vibration is a form of tactile feedback. Comments are welcome through 18 September.

First Public Working Draft: Indexed Database API 2.0

18 August 2016 | Archive

The Web Platform Web Working Group has published a Working Draft of Indexed Database API 2.0. This document defines APIs for a database of records holding simple values and hierarchical objects. Each record consists of a key and some value. Moreover, the database maintains indexes over records it stores. An application developer directly uses an API to locate records either by their key or by using an index. A query language can be layered on this API. An indexed database can be implemented using a persistent B-tree data structure.

First Public Working Draft: HTML 5.2

18 August 2016 | Archive

The Web Platform Working Group has published a Working Draft of HTML 5.2. This specification defines the 5th major version, second minor revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features continue to be introduced to help Web application authors, new elements continue to be introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention continues to be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.

W3C Invites Implementations of DeviceOrientation Event Specification

18 August 2016 | Archive

The Geolocation Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of DeviceOrientation Event Specification. This specification defines several new DOM events that provide information about the physical orientation and motion of a hosting device.

W3C Invites Implementations of Micropub

16 August 2016 | Archive

The W3C Social Web Working Group is calling for implementations of Micropub, which is now a Candidate Recommendation. Micropub provides a mechanism for communication between independently developed clients and servers to allow creating, updating and deleting social content. For users, an immediate benefit is the possibility to change between or use multiple third-party posting clients with their own data storage. Before being brought to W3C for standardization, Micropub already had over a dozen independent implementations in the IndieWebCamp community.

Patent Advisory Group for Web Payments Working Group Launched

4 August 2016 | Archive

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to two specifications of the Web Payments Working Group; see the PAG charter. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements. Public comments regarding these disclosures may be sent to public-wpwg-pag@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.

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