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17 March 2008

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Mobile Technologies for Sustaining Development Focus of Workshop

Use of mobile technology in rural setting in the Philippines2008-03-11: W3C invites people to participate in a Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development in São Paulo, Brazil, on 2-3 June 2008. W3C intends for this public Workshop to be a multidisciplinary forum where mobile and Web technology experts, NGO specialists, and egovernment representatives gather to learn more about the specific needs, expectations, and challenges of deploying services for underprivileged populations. Position papers are due 20 April. Read the press release and learn more about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) and the Digital World Forum project. (Photo credit: kiwanja.net. Permalink)

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Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1

2008-03-17: The Voice Browser Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1, part of the W3C framework for enabling access to the Web using spoken interaction. SSML provides a rich, XML-based markup language for assisting the generation of synthetic speech in Web and other applications. It provides a standard way to control aspects of speech such as pronunciation, volume, pitch, rate, etc. across different synthesis-capable platforms. See the list of changes in this draft and learn more about W3C's Voice Browser Activity. (Permalink)

RDFa Primer

2008-03-17: The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and the XHTML2 Working Group have jointly published an updated Working Draft of the RDFa Primer 1.0. The primer is an introduction to RDFa, a method for embedding structured data in XHTML. Changes in this draft align it with the the interpretation of the @src attribute as specified in the 21 February 2008 RDFa Syntax Last Call Working Draft. Visit the XHTML2 and Semantic Web home pages. (Permalink)

Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER): Description Resources

2008-03-17: The Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) Working Group published an updated Working Draft of Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER): Description Resources. The purpose of the Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) is to provide a means to describe a group of resources through the publication of machine-readable metadata, as motivated by the POWDER Use Cases. The current document sets out how Description Resources (DRs) can be created and published, whether individually or as bulk data, how to link to DRs from other online resources, and, crucially, how DRs may be authenticated and trusted. The aim is to provide a platform through which opinions, claims and assertions about online resources can be expressed by people and exchanged by machines. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity. (Permalink)

SVG Open 2008 Conference and Exhibition

SVG 2008-03-17: SVG Open 2008, the 6th International Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics, will be held at the Maritim Hotel conference center in Nuremberg, Germany on 26-28 August 2008, with additional workshops on 29 August. Co-sponsored by W3C, the SVG Open conference series is the premier forum for SVG designers, developers, and implementors to share ideas, experiences, products, and strategies. The W3C SVG Working Group and W3C staff members Chris Lilley and Doug Schepers will participate. Proposals for presentation abstracts and course outlines are welcome through 31 March. Early-bird registration is now open, with a 25% discount for W3C Members. Learn more about the W3C Graphics Activity (Permalink)

Mauro Nunez Named W3C Business Manager

Mauro Nunez2008-03-16: W3C has named Mauro Nunez W3C Business Manager. This is a broadening of his initial position as North American Business Manager, and incorporates the already broader role that Mauro has assumed at the Consortium since he was hired in October 2006. Mauro's primary objective will be to foster a business and operating environment that is cost-effective, productive and positive, across all W3C operating locations. Please join us in congratulating Mauro on his new role at W3C. (Permalink)

W3C Invites Implementations of XQuery Update Facility 1.0 (Candidate Recommendation)

2008-03-14: The XML Query Working Group has published the Candidate Recommendation of XQuery Update Facility 1.0. This document defines an update facility that extends the XML Query language, XQuery. The XQuery Update Facility provides expressions that can be used to make persistent changes (including node insertion, deletion, modification, and creation) to instances of the XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model. The Working Group also published today two additional documents that will become Working Group notes: XQuery Update Facility 1.0 Requirements and XQuery Update Facility 1.0 Use Cases. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity. (Permalink)

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0: Comments Welcome on First Public Working Draft

2008-03-13: The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a first public Working Draft of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0. UAAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of browsers and media players and their interoperability with assistive technologies. It will cover more advanced Web technologies than UAAG 1.0. Read the invitation to review the UAAG 2.0 Working Draft and about the Web Accessibility Initiative. (Permalink)

Upcoming Meetings

W3C Track at WWW2008

Multiple presenters will be at W3C Track, The 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008) in Beijing, China:

23 April
  • Making a Web Site Accessible Both for Mobile Devices and for People with Disabilities, by Henny Swan
  • Geolocation in the Mobile Web , by Dave Raggett
  • Adopting International Standards Locally: The Importance of Harmonization , by Judy Brewer
  • What you Need to Know to Reach a Chinese Audience?, by Richard Ishida
  • International Domain Names, by Tina Dam
  • Semantic Web Development in China, by Huajun Chen
  • Localization and Internationalization of Layout on the Web, by Paul Nelson
  • Managing Online Video (or Multimedia) Content with the Semantic Web, by Raphaël Troncy, Lynda Hardman
  • Mobile Web in Rural China, by Stéphane Boyera
  • News from W3C's Mobile Web Initiative, by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux
  • Linking Open Data, by Chris Bizer, Tom Heath, Tim Berners-Lee
  • Internationalizing Speech Synthesis, by Zhi Wei Shuang
  • A World of Stakeholders: Lessons from Global Outreach, by Daniel Dardailler
24 April
  • HTML 5, the future of Web Content, by Michael Smith
  • Building a More Secure Browser, by Mary-Ellen Zurko
  • Accessibility for rich Web applications, by Lisa Pappas
  • Standards and mobile applications, services and widgets, by Art Barstow
  • Video on the Web, by Philippe Le Hégaret
  • Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web, by José Manuel Alonso
  • Web applications security issues, by Thomas Roessler
  • Designing the Web for All of Society, by Shawn Henry
  • Wicked Wide Web: Integrating Documents and Devices, by Doug Schepers
  • POWDER Use Cases, by Kai-Dietrich Scheppe

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