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16 July 2007

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W3C Names Dominique Hazaël-Massieux Mobile Web Activity Lead

photo of Dominique Hazaël-Massieux2007-07-12: W3C has named Dominique Hazaël-Massieux to the position of Mobile Web Initiative Activity Lead. The W3C Mobile Web Initiative is a joint effort by vendors, providers, manufacturers and mobile operators to make Web access from a mobile device as simple, easy, and convenient as Web access from a desktop device. Dominique first joined W3C as Webmaster, did early work on GRDDL, contributed to QA at W3C, served as Team Contact for the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, serves as co-Chair of the MWI Test Suites Working Group, and works on mobileOK. W3C wishes to thank Philipp Hoschka who previously led the Activity and continues his roles as W3C Deputy Director for Europe and Ubiquitous Web Domain Leader. Read more about W3C. (Permalink)

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XHTML Basic 1.1 Is a Candidate Recommendation

2007-07-13: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of XHTML™ Basic 1.1 to Candidate Recommendation. The specification adds four new features for small devices which are the language's primary users. Version 1.1 is intended to be the convergence of the XHTML Basic 1.0 W3C Recommendation for mobile devices, released in coordination with the WAP Forum in 2000, and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) XHTML Mobile profile. Implementation feedback is welcome through 31 August. Visit the HTML home page. (Permalink)

Last Call: Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 3.0)

2007-07-13: The SYMM Working Group has published the Last Call Working Draft of Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 3.0). This the third version of the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL, pronounced "smile"), an XML-based language that allows authors to write interactive multimedia presentations. This version will extend the functionality of SMIL 2.1, facilitate the reuse of SMIL syntax and semantics in other XML-based languages, and define new SMIL profiles. Comments are welcome through 14 September. Learn more about the Synchronized Multimedia Activity. (Permalink)

The Days of Web Standards, 15 July, Tokyo, Japan

2007-07-10: W3C is pleased to participate in Web標準の日々 (The Days of Web Standards 2007), one of the largest Web-related events in Japan. Web developers and designers will gather on 15 July in Tokyo to discuss the usefulness and pleasure in using Web standards and how they are popular. Members of the W3C staff, Karl Dubost, Tatsuya Hagino, Olivier Thereaux present and Yasuyuki Hirakawa runs a booth. Browse W3C presentations and events also available as an RSS channel. (Permalink)

Incubator Group Report: Emotion Markup Language

2007-07-10: The W3C Emotion Incubator Group, which includes representatives from sixteen institutions in eleven countries on three continents, published its final report. The report contains scope, requirements and use cases for a general-purpose Emotion Markup Language. This publication is part of the W3C experimental Incubator Activity that develops new, potentially foundational technologies and Web-based applications in a rapid time frame. (Permalink)

Last Call: Delivery Context: Client Interfaces (DCCI) 1.0

2007-07-09: The Ubiquitous Web Applications Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Delivery Context: Client Interfaces (DCCI) 1.0. DCCI (formerly DCI) provides access to device properties including capabilities, configuration, user preferences and environmental conditions such as remaining battery life, signal strength, ambient brightness, location, and display orientation. Comments are welcome through 27 July. This draft has one normative change to show DCCI inheriting from the DOM Element interface. Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity. (Permalink)

POWDER: Grouping Sets of Resources

2007-07-09: The POWDER Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER): Grouping of Resources. POWDER is a way to attach small, easily-produced annotations to large collections of Web content. Web resources can then be retrieved, personalized and delivered in a variety of delivery contexts to meet both social needs for content labels and commercial requirements for content adaptation. Visit the Semantic Web home page. (Permalink)

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