Industry Experts to Share Business Insights at W3C’s First Executive Forum, 8 November in San Francisco

26 September 2017 | Archive

keynote speaker illustrationExecutives from Alipay, American Express, Bloomberg, HARMAN, Google, Intel, Mozilla, Samsung, Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Agency, University of Sydney, Worldpay and Yubico, together with Web Inventor and W3C Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee, will address emerging tech trends and the impact of the Web on business and industry at the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) inaugural Web Executive Forum.

Web application areas are revolutionizing many business models in Digital Publishing, FinTech, Automotive, Telco, Smart Manufacturing and Entertainment. W3C has created an event designed to provide value and insight to executives across a wide range of industries with a goal of providing rich content and some food for thought,” said J. Alan Bird, W3C Global Business Development Leader.

Registration for the W3C Executive Forum is open to the public. More information is available in the media advisory.

Time Ontology in OWL is a W3C Recommendation

19 October 2017 | Archive

Thirteen elementary possible relations between time periodsThe Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the Time Ontology in OWL specification. The ontology provides a vocabulary for expressing facts about topological (ordering) relations among instants and intervals, together with information about durations, and about temporal position including date-time information. Time positions and durations may be expressed using either the conventional (Gregorian) calendar and clock, or using another temporal reference system such as Unix-time, geologic time, or different calendars.

Semantic Sensor Network Ontology is a W3C Recommendation

19 October 2017 | Archive

Relationship between SOSA and SSN ontologies and their vertical and horizontal modulesThe Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the Semantic Sensor Network Ontology. The specification defines an ontology for describing sensors and their observations, the involved procedures, the studied features of interest, the samples used to do so, and the observed properties, as well as actuators.

SSN follows a horizontal and vertical modularization architecture by including a lightweight but self-contained core ontology called SOSA (Sensor, Observation, Sample, and Actuator) for its elementary classes and properties. With their different scope and different degrees of axiomatization, SSN and SOSA are able to support a wide range of applications and use cases, including satellite imagery, large-scale scientific monitoring, industrial and household infrastructures, social sensing, citizen science, observation-driven ontology engineering, and the Web of Things.

W3C Invites Implementations of Remote Playback API

19 October 2017 | Archive

Second Screen Working Group logoThe Second Screen Working Group invites implementations of the Remote Playback API Candidate Recommendation. The specification defines an API extending the HTMLMediaElement interface of HTML that enables controlling remote playback of media from a web page.

W3C Invites Implementations of Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)

19 October 2017 | Archive

The Tracking Protection Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of Tracking Preference Expression (DNT). This specification defines the DNT request header field as an HTTP mechanism for expressing a user’s preference regarding tracking, an HTML DOM property to make that expression readable by scripts, and APIs that allow scripts to register exceptions granted by the user. It also defines mechanisms for sites to communicate whether and how they honor a received preference, including well-known resources for retrieving preflight tracking status, a media type for representing tracking status information, and the Tk response header field for confirming tracking status.

W3C Invites Implementations of CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1

19 October 2017 | Archive

The CSS Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation 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.

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: TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.1

17 October 2017 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.1. This specification defines two profiles of [TTML2]: 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.

Upcoming Workshop: WebVR Authoring: Opportunities and Challenges

21 September 2017 | Archive

W3C announced today WebVR Authoring: Opportunities and Challenges Workshop, 5-7 December 2017, in Brussels, Belgium. The event is hosted by DigitYser.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together WebVR stakeholders to identify unexploited opportunities as well as technical gaps in WebVR authoring.

Participants in the workshop will:

  • Share good practices and novel techniques in creating WebVR-based content
  • Discuss existing and foreseen challenges in using WebVR to deploy content and services in specific usages
  • Contribute to the unification of efforts for documenting and advocating the development of WebVR content

Attendance is free for all invited participants and is open to the public, whether or not W3C members. Our aim is to get a diversity of attendees from a variety of industries and communities, including:

  • 360° video and VR content producers and distributors
  • VR experience designers and artists
  • 3D, VR and WebVR authoring tools and platforms
  • authors of WebVR content
  • experts in challenges and opportunities of VR for people with disabilities
  • browser vendors

Expected topics of discussion include:

  • Landscape of WebVR authoring tools
  • Creating and packaging 3D assets for WebVR
  • Managing assets for practical progressive enhancement
  • Progressive enhancement applied to the variety of user input in WebVR
  • Understanding and documenting WebVR constraints for 3D artists
  • Optimizing delivery of 360° videos to VR headsets on the Web
  • Practical approaches to building accessible WebVR experiences
  • Mapping the impact of ongoing evolutions of the Web Platform (Web Assembly, WebGPU, streams) on WebVR authoring
  • Impact of performance factors on authoring WebVR content
  • Creating convergence on WebVR advocacy platforms

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

Registration is available online due by 10 November 2017.

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