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Week Ending 31 December

Strengthen the Web in 2000

W3C would like to thank the Web Community for its support and contributions during 1999. Help us strengthen the Web in 2000 by validating your documents and sites.

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Week Ending 24 December

Week Ending 17 December

Week Ending 10 December

World Wide Web Consortium, WAP Forum Establish Formal Liaison

W3C and WAP Forum launch a formal liaison relationship to define next-generation World Wide Web specifications that support the full participation of wireless devices. "Building the Web as a universal space requires device independence," says Tim Berners-Lee, Director of W3C. "Seamless integration of wireless devices is essential." (Press Release.)

More about W3C and Device Independence:

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Week Ending 3 December

W3C Issues First Public Working Draft for MathML 2.0

The World Wide Web Consortium W3C has published the first public working draft for MathML 2.0, an XML application that enables authors to present mathematical expressions in Web documents, and allows machines to process math content on the Web.

MathML resources from W3C:

Week Ending 17 November

W3C Issues XSLT and XPath Recommendations

The World Wide Web Consortium announces two new Recommendations - XSL Transformations (XSLT) and XML Path Language (XPath) - that will enable the transformation and styled presentation of XML documents. "Anyone using XML can now take advantage of XSLT, a powerful new tool for manipulating, converting and styling documents, and XPath, a simple way of referring to parts of an XML document." said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "Together, XSLT and XPath strike a fine balance between simplicity of use and underlying power."

(Press Release, Testimonials)

Other XSLT/XPath resources from W3C:

Other news:

Week Ending 29 October

W3C Clears Patent Hurdle for Web Privacy

Patent analysis confirms W3C's Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) does not infringe the Intermind Patent. "W3C launched this patent analysis because of the fundamental importance of privacy protection on the Web and our commitment to the open standards process," says Daniel J. Weitzner, W3C Technology and Society Domain Leader. ( Press Release, Patent Analysis)

Other P3P resources from W3C:

Version 2.2 of the Amaya editor/browser is available. Download Amaya.

Week Ending 17 August

Week Ending 6 August

World Wide Web Consortium Issues SMIL "Boston" First Working Draft

W3C announces the first public working draft of SMIL "Boston", code name for the successor to W3C's XML-based synchronized multimedia language, SMIL 1.0. "With SMIL Boston, anyone can make multimedia for the Web. Using your own digital snapshots and audio commentary, SMIL, and a simple text editor, you can make multimedia presentations that can immediately go live," says Philipp Hoschka, Chair of W3C's Synchronized Multimedia (SYMM) Working Group. (Press Release, Testimonials)

Week Ending 9 July

World Wide Web Consortium Supports HTTP/1.1 Reaching IETF Draft Standard

W3C is pleased to recognize that HTTP/1.1 has been approved as an IETF Draft Standard, and to have contributed to its development and implementation. "Products which use HTTP/1.1 have been demonstrated to run significantly faster than those which do not. I urge everyone to check for HTTP/1.1 compliance when choosing software," says Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. (Press Release, Testimonials, RFC 2616, RFC 2617)


Mathematical Markup Language (MathML[tm]) 1.01 Specification. This is a revision of the 7 April 1998 release.

Week Ending 2 July

W3C Issues Recommendation for Associating Style Sheets with XML Documents

The latest W3C Recommendation, "Associating Style Sheets with XML documents", provides authors with an interoperable mechanism for adding style to XML documents. "Style sheets are an essential step in XML deployment, as without them there is no way to define the presentation of XML documents which use new schemas," says Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. (Press Release, Testimonials).

Amaya 2.1 available for Windows and Unix

Week Ending 7 May

W3C Issues Recommendation for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

Industry leaders and disability organizations come together to endorse a common solution. (Press Release, Testimonials, Fact Sheet)

W3C Releases First Working Draft of XML Schemas

Press Release

Help W3C find prior art about P3P

Press Release, Background information)

Release of Amaya 2.0, W3C's editor/browser.

Release of libwww version 5.2.8

also as RPMs

Week Ending 19 March

HTTP/1.1 moved to IETF Draft Standard.

Week Ending 26 February

W3C Issues Recommendation for Resource Description Framework (RDF)

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax specification is the result of cross-industry and expert agreement on a wide range of features for using and providing metadata on the Web. "The Web is quickly becoming the world's fastest growing repository of data," explained Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "RDF provides the necessary foundation and infrastructure to support the description and management of this data. RDF can transform the Web into a more useful and powerful information resource." (Press Release)

Release 5.2.6 of libwww, W3C's Open Source general purpose Web API

Week Ending 12 February

W3C Publishes First Working Draft of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Specification

W3C encourages review of the first public working draft of the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) specification. This draft is the first step in the development of a vendor-neutral, cross-platform and ubiquitous Web-specific format for XML vector graphics. "Today, Web designers have to pick a width and height in pixels and save their work in some image format like JPEG," says Chris Lilley, W3C Graphics Activity Lead and Chair of the SVG Working Group. "SVG will let the designer keep vector flexibility and superior quality for delivery on the Web." (Press Release)

Week Ending 5 February

Janet Daly Joins W3C as Head of Public Relations

W3C welcomes Janet Daly, who joins Josef Dietl and the W3C Communications Team in February 1999. Janet is the Head of Public Relations, the primary point of contact for press liaison and message development and planning.

Week Ending 29 January

New CSS1 Test Suite to Boost Style Sheet Support

Press Release

The CSS1 Test Suite is now available, ready to help implementors improve CSS1 support in their products and enable Web page designers to verify the quality of CSS1 support in their browsers. "Because of significant vendor input, we are expecting to see the effects of the test suite in the upcoming generation of browsers," said Håkon Lie, W3C Style Sheets Activity Lead.

Week Ending 22 January

WebCGM Profile Becomes a W3C Recommendation

Press Release

Developed in close collaboration between W3C and the CGM Open Consortium, the WebCGM profile reflects cross-industry agreement on an interoperable way to exchange dynamic, hyperlinked Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) files over the Web. "CGM is widely used on intranets, particularly by the engineering and manufacturing communities," says Chris Lilley, Graphics Activity lead. "The WebCGM Profile adds reliable and interoperable hyperlinking to graphics-rich applications such as interactive electronic manuals."

Jigsaw 2.0: Ready to Serve the Web

Press release

Download Jigsaw 2.0, W3C's leading-edge Web server platform that provides a sample HTTP/1.1 implementation and support for the latest Java servlet interface. Jigsaw's advanced architecture and high extensibility have made it an important tool at W3C for testing specifications. "Jigsaw allows anybody to try out ideas on how to make the Web faster," says Yves Lafon, Chief Architect of Jigsaw.

Week Ending 15 January

"Namespaces in XML", which recently became a Recommendation, is the latest milestone for W3C's XML technology. [Press release]

Download Amaya 1.4a, the latest version of W3C's browser, which includes support for: HTML 4.0, MathML, PNG, HTTP/1.1, and CSS 2.

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