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15 December 2008

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W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web

2008-12-11: Today W3C announced a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content, apply to more advanced technologies, and are more precisely testable. W3C also published supporting resources, including Understanding WCAG 2.0, Techniques for WCAG 2.0, and How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A Customizable Quick Reference. Read the press release, testimonials, announcement, and WCAG Overview. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative. (Permalink)

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Call for Review: EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language Proposed Recommendation

2008-12-15: The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has published the Proposed Recommendation of EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language. This document is part of a set of specifications for multimodal systems, and provides details of an XML markup language for containing and annotating the interpretation of user input. The interpretation of the user's input is expected to be generated by signal interpretation processes, such as speech and ink recognition, semantic interpreters, and other types of processors for use by components that act on the user's inputs such as interaction managers. See the group's implementation report. Comments are welcome through 15 January. Learn more about the Multimodal Interaction Activity. (Permalink)

Minor Update to CSS Mobile Profile 2.0

2008-12-12: The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group updated the Candidate Recommendation of CSS Mobile Profile 2.0. The specification defines in general a subset of CSS 2.1 that is to be considered a baseline for interoperability between implementations of CSS on constrained devices (e.g. mobile phones). Its intent is not to produce a profile of CSS incompatible with the complete specification, but rather to ensure that implementations that due to platform limitations cannot support the entire specification implement a common subset that is interoperable not only amongst constrained implementations but also with complete ones. This document is the same as the last working draft, except for editorial changes. Learn more about the Style Activity. (Permalink)

W3C launches Validator Donation and Sponsorship Campaign

2008-12-11: I Love Validator W3C launched a new initiative giving web developers and designers a chance to show their support for the W3C Validators. With millions of validations performed daily, the validator services are among the most popular applications on the web today. W3C appreciates the great work of the dedicated volunteers who have helped make the validator such a success. Donations and sponsorship from the community will help us fund hardware and staffing to build even better, faster and friendlier free tools, such as:

We also welcome sponsorships from organizations that support Web Standards, and encourage Web Communities to spread the word about this campaign. Visit the Validator Donation page. (Permalink)

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