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16 June 2008

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Web Applications Working Group Launched; Compound Document Formats rechartered

2008-06-09: W3C launched a new Web Applications (WebApps) Working Group, co-Chaired by Art Barstow (Nokia) and Charles McCathieNevile (Opera Software). This group merges the former Web APIs and Web Application Formats Working Groups. Per the charter for the Web Applications Working Group, the group's mission is to provide specifications that enable improved client-side application development on the Web, including specifications both for application programming interfaces (APIs) for client-side development and for markup vocabularies for describing and controlling client-side application behavior. W3C also rechartered the Compound Document Formats (CDF) Working Group, to continue to develop specifications which combine selected existing document formats from the W3C and elsewhere, and which specify the runtime behavior of such combined documents. Both groups will conduct their work in public. The first order of business of the rechartered CDF Working Group is to propose Chair candidates to the Director; please contact Doug Schepers with proposals. Learn more about the Rich Web Clients Activity. (Permalink)

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XHTML 1.1 Basic; Modularization Are Proposed Recommendations

2008-06-12: The XHTML2 Working Group published two Proposed Recommendations today: XHTML Modularization 1.1 and XHTML Basic 1.1. The former provides a means for subsetting and extending XHTML, a feature needed for extending XHTML's reach onto emerging platforms. This specification is intended for use by language designers as they construct new XHTML Family Markup Languages. This second version of this specification includes several minor updates to provide clarifications and address errors found in the first version. It also provides an implementation using XML Schemas. This version of XHTML Basic, which uses the Modularization approach, has been brought into alignment with the widely deployed XHTML Mobile Profile from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). XHTML Basic 1.1 will thus make it easier to author Web pages that work on millions of mobile handsets. Comments on these specifications are welcome through 15 July. Learn more about the HTML Activity. (Permalink)

XML Signature Syntax and Processing (Second Edition) Is a W3C Recommendation

2008-06-10: The XML Security Specifications Maintenance Working Group has published the W3C Recommendation of XML Signature Syntax and Processing (Second Edition). This document specifies XML syntax and processing rules for creating and representing digital signatures; the list of changes from the First Edition is available. The Working Group also published a Group Note Test Cases for C14N 1.1 and XMLDSig Interoperability, which specifies test cases for Canonical XML 1.1 and XML Signature Syntax and Processing, Second Edition. Learn more about the Security Activity. (Permalink)

Three HTML 5 Related Drafts Published

2008-06-10: The HTML Working Group has published three documents: HTML 5, HTML 5 differences from HTML 4, and the first public draft of HTML 5 Publication Notes . HTML 5 introduces features for Web application authors, new elements based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. See the diff-marked version showing changes made since the 22 January 2008 draft. Learn more about the HTML Activity. (Permalink)

Last Call: W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0

2008-06-10: The Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0. This document defines the tests that provide the basis for making a claim of W3C mobileOK Basic conformance and are based on W3C Mobile Web Best Practices. Content which passes the tests has taken some steps to provide a functional user experience for users of basic mobile devices whose capabilities at least match those of the Default Delivery Context. Comments are welcome through 30 June. Learn more about the Mobile Web Initiative Activity. (Permalink)

SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference Draft Published

2008-06-09: The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published a Working Draft of SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference. This document defines the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), a common data model for sharing and linking knowledge organization systems via the Semantic Web. SKOS aims to provide a bridge between different communities of practice within the library and information sciences involved in the design and application of knowledge organization systems. In addition, SKOS aims to provide a bridge between these communities and the Semantic Web, by transferring existing models of knowledge organization to the Semantic Web technology context, and by providing a low-cost migration path for porting existing knowledge organization systems to RDF. See changes from the previous draft. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity. (Permalink)

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