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W3C Strategic Highlights – November 2017

17 November 2017 | Archive

Core innovation [Lightbulb design credit: Freepik]W3C released today its W3C Strategic Highlights – November 2017, a comprehensive survey of the essential work W3C conducts to achieve a Web for All, and select recent work in many areas where the Web can solve arising problems for real people.

A strong emphasis in this report is on the core of the Web and how selected technologies and features amount to incredible core innovation once again. Our vision of the Web for 2020 and beyond encompasses long-resident Web Applications, extending browser features, offline support, app-like performance, a flexible platform accommodating Digital Publishing, payments, video distribution, games, and immersive experiences.

The W3C Strategic Highlights focus on how our strategy and workflows support the advancement of the Web, how W3C meets Industry needs, fosters a Web for all and how W3C is embarking on the next transformation of the Web.

We also invite you to read W3C CEO’s thoughts on TPAC2017, our yearly event where W3C work group meet face-to-face, which we held last week in the San Francisco area and was highly successful for the energetic presentations it generated, and the lively conversations it allows nearly 1,000 attendees to have.

Upcoming Workshop: Web5G: Aligning evolutions of network and Web technologies

16 November 2017 | Archive

diagram representing web5g positioningW3C announced today Web5G: Aligning evolutions of network and Web technologies Workshop, January 22-23 2018, in London, UK. The event is hosted by GSMA.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together telecommunications operators, network equipment providers, content delivery networks, browser vendors, and application developers to evaluate and prepare for the impact of 5G and other network-layer technologies on Web standards.

Expected topics of discussion include:

  • Performance bottlenecks of Web apps on ultra-fast networks
  • Dimensioning 5G Networks for supporting existing and future Web technologies (VR/AR, automotive, WebRTC, IoT)
  • Architectural evolutions of the Web to enable greater network/application integration
  • Connecting network management and network metrics from Web applications
  • Case studies of existing network/application integration and their extension to the Web
  • Features provided by new networking technologies and their applicability to Web applications
  • Bringing edge-computing capabilities to Web applications
  • Impact of integrating QUIC in the Web Platform

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions.

Registration is available online due by 15 December 2017.

Call for Review: Indexed Database API 2.0 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

16 November 2017 | Archive

The Web Platform Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation 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. Comments are welcome through 14 December 2017.

W3C Invites Implementations of WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between Browsers

2 November 2017 | Archive

WebRTC iconThe Web Real-Time Communications Working Group invites implementations of the WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between Browsers Candidate Recommendation. This document defines a set of ECMAScript APIs in WebIDL to allow media to be sent to and received from another browser or device implementing the appropriate set of real-time protocols. This specification is being developed in conjunction with a protocol specification developed by the IETF RTCWEB group and an API specification to get access to local media devices developed by the Media Capture Task Force. Read more in our media advisory about how WebRTC becoming design-complete strengthens the Web Platform as a solid actor in the telecommunications arena.

Call for Review: HTML 5.2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

2 November 2017 | Archive

The Web Platform Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation 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. Comments are welcome through 30 November 2017.

Call for Review: DPub-ARIA 1.0 and DPub-AAM 1.0 are W3C Proposed Recommendations

2 November 2017 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published Proposed Recommendations of Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 and Digital Publishing Accessibility API Mappings. DPub-ARIA defines a WAI-ARIA module encompassing an ontology of roles, states and properties specific to the digital publishing industry. This allows an author to convey user interface behaviors and structural information to assistive technologies and to enable semantic navigation, styling and interactive features used by readers. User agent implementation to date is shown in the DPub-ARIA implementation report and DPub-AAM implementation report. Comments are welcome through 30 November 2017.

Call for Review: WAI-ARIA 1.1 and Core-AAM 1.1 are W3C Proposed Recommendations

2 November 2017 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published Proposed Recommendations of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 and Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.1. WAI-ARIA recommends approaches for developers to make widgets, navigation, and behaviors accessible to people with disabilities. WAI-ARIA 1.1 adds features new since WAI-ARIA 1.0 to complete the HTML + ARIA accessibility model and supports additional modules for digital publishing and graphics. User agent implementation to date is shown in the WAI-ARIA implementation report and Core-AAM implementation report. Comments are welcome through 30 November 2017.

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