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2 June 2008

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W3C Launches Group to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

Phone bikes2008-05-27: As part of the growing set of W3C initiatives related to social development, W3C invites participation in the new Mobile Web for Development (MW4D) interest Group, chartered to explore the potential of mobile technology to help bridge the digital divide. "We need to solve important challenges, such as lack of standards in end-user devices, network constraints, service cost, issues of literacy, and an understanding of the real information needs of rural communities," said Ken Banks, kiwanja.net, who Chairs the group. "To do so requires an multidisciplinary approach, a step we take through the creation of this new group." Read more in the press release. This launch is part of W3C's Mobile Web Initiative (MWI), which aims to identify and resolve challenges and issues of accessing the Web when on the move. This work takes place under the auspices of the European Union's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), part of the Digital World Forum project. (Photo credit: Stéphane Boyera. Permalink)

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W3C Advisory Committee Elects Advisory Board

2008-06-02: The W3C Advisory Committee has filled six open seats on the W3C Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July, the nine Advisory Board participants are Jean-François Abramatic (ILOG), Ann Bassetti (The Boeing Company), Jim Bell (HP), Don Deutsch (Oracle), Eduardo Gutentag (Sun Microsystems), Steve Holbrook (IBM), Ken Laskey (MITRE), Ora Lassila (Nokia), and Arun Ranganathan (Mozilla Foundation). Steve Zilles continues as interim Advisory Board Chair. Read more about the Advisory Board. (Permalink)

Last Call: XHTML Access Module

2008-05-26: The XHTML 2 Working Group has published the Last Call Working Draft of XHTML Access Module. This document is intended to help make XHTML-family markup languages more effective at supporting the needs of the accessibility community. It does so by providing a generic mechanism for defining the relationship between document components and well-known accessibility taxonomies. Comments are welcome through 16 June. Learn more about the HTML Activity. (Permalink)

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