W3C releases video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

4 December 2017 | Archive

video screenshot of two people talking while watching a computer screenThe W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards. The four-minute video highlights why accessibility is the right thing to do, how it is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. It was published as part of an accessibility project the Internet Society (ISOC) is working on to realize their vision: “The Internet is for Everyone”. It is also timed in recognition of the United Nation’s annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. For more videos and information on specific accessibility topics, see Web Accessibility Perspectives Videos: Explore the Impact and Benefits for Everyone. For a general introduction, see Accessibility – W3C. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

First Public Working Draft: Payment Method Manifest

12 December 2017 | Archive

The Web Payments Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Payment Method Manifest. This specification is designed to increase the security of payment applications. It defines the machine-readable manifest file, known as a payment method manifest, that describes how a payment method participates in the Web Payments ecosystem.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 final Working Draft

7 December 2017 | Archive

A final Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 has been published for wide review before a planned advance to Candidate Recommendation in January 2018. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, which extends Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to people with disabilities, and more usable to users in general. Please comment no later than 12 January 2018 in the WCAG 2.1 GitHub repository or by email to

Update to the Candidate Recommendation: CSS Writing Modes Level 3; First Public Working Draft: CSS Writing Modes Level 4

7 December 2017 | Archive

The CSS Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of CSS Writing Modes Level 3. This document defines CSS support for various international writing modes, such as left-to-right (e.g. Latin or Indic), right-to-left (e.g. Hebrew or Arabic), bidirectional (e.g. mixed Latin and Arabic) and vertical (e.g. Asian scripts).

Along with this updated Candidate Recommendation, the group also published a First Public Working Draft of CSS Writing Modes Level 4. The difference from the CSS Writing Modes Level 3 is the set of features that were deferred from Level 3 due to later implementation uptake.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, in speech, etc.

First Public Working Draft: Cognitive Accessibility Roadmap and Gap Analysis

7 December 2017 | Archive

The Accessible Platform Architectures and Accessibility Guidelines Working Groups have published a First Public Working Draft of Cognitive Accessibility Roadmap and Gap Analysis. Developed by the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, it explores user needs for people with cognitive or learning disabilities and identifies where additional web content authoring guidance is needed to help authors meet these needs. This information is important to new guidance being added to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Call for Review: ActivityPub is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

5 December 2017 | Archive

The Social Web Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of ActivityPub. The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the [ActivityStreams] 2.0 data format. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and content.

ActivityPub is already implemented and deployed to a number of projects and a wide userbase, including over 1 million registered users across thousands of Mastodon instances. It provides the possibility to build social network capabilities into small or large scale software projects which may or may not present social network as their core offering.

Comments are welcome through 2 January 2018.

W3C opens Technical Architecture Group (TAG) election

1 December 2017 | Archive

W3C TAG logoThe W3C Advisory Committee having nominated four individuals, is invited today to vote until 5 January 2018 for two seats in the 2017 election to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG).

The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered under the W3C Process Document, with stewardship of the Web architecture. Some aspects of its mission include

  • to document and 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;
  • to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

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