W3C Workshop: Identity in the Browser

21 March 2011 | Archive

The Web is now critical infrastructure and, as such, requires mechanisms that foster trust. For critical enterprise activity, effective government engagement, and sensitive social information accessed over the Web, a higher level of identity assurance, privacy protection, and security is required, and client-side technologies like browsers have an important role to play. There is a pressing need for trustworthy, widely-applicable digital identity management. W3C is therefore organizing a Workshop on Identity in the Browser, to take place 24-25 May 2011 in Mountain View, California, and hosted by the Mozilla Foundation. Participants will investigate strategies to facilitate the development and deployment of improved identity authentication and authorization technologies across the Web. Also included in the workshop will be explorations into the operational, policy, and legal issues that must be addressed by the solutions. Anyone may participate and there is no fee to participate. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 22 April; see additional participation requirements. To help with planning, brief "expressions of interest" are appreciated as rapidly as possible. Learn more about the Workshop on Identity in the Browser.

W3C to Participate in Web Summit Bilbao

18 March 2011 | Archive

Guggenheim museum The W3C Spain Office, together with representatives from W3C Members Anoboto and CTIC; the City Council of Bilbao; the Basque Government; and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation announced this week the first Bilbao Web Summit to take place 17-18 May 2011 at the Euskalduna Conference Center in Bilbao, Spain. The Bilbao Web Summit will bring together the Web community and global leaders in business, technology, government, media, health and education sectors to discuss the future of the Web. Speakers include W3C staff and Membership, and many other organizations are participating in the conference as speakers and sponsors. The event is open to the public; learn more about registration. Contact the Bilbao Web Summit for more information about speaking and sponsorship opportunities.

XQuery and XPath Full Text 1.0; XQuery Update Facility 1.0 are W3C Recommendations

17 March 2011 | Archive

W3C published two Recommendations today: XQuery Update Facility 1.0 and XQuery and XPath Full Text 1.0. The former 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 to instances of the XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model. The latter extends XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 with full-text search capabilities. The former document was published by the XML Query Working Group, the latter jointly with the XSL Working Group. Learn more about XML.

Last Call: HTML5 Web Messaging

17 March 2011 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of HTML5 Web Messaging. Web browsers, for security and privacy reasons, prevent documents in different domains from affecting each other; that is, cross-site scripting is disallowed. While this is an important security feature, it prevents pages from different domains from communicating even when those pages are not hostile. This specification defines two mechanisms for communicating between browsing contexts in HTML documents. Comments are welcome through 01 June. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Last Call: Media Fragments URI 1.0

17 March 2011 | Archive

The Media Fragments Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Media Fragments URI 1.0. Audio and video resources on the World Wide Web are currently treated as "foreign" objects, which can only be embedded using a plugin that is capable of decoding and interacting with the media resource. Specific media servers are generally required to provide for server-side features such as direct access to time offsets into a video without the need to retrieve the entire resource. Support for such media fragment access varies between different media formats and inhibits standard means of dealing with such content on the Web. This specification provides for a media-format independent, standard means of addressing media fragments on the Web using URIs. Comments are welcome through 10 April. Learn more about the Video in the Web Activity.

Device API Access Control Use Cases and Requirements Note Published

17 March 2011 | Archive

The Device APIs and Policy Working Group has published a Group Note of Device API Access Control Use Cases and Requirements. With the emergence of numerous new APIs in Web browsers and runtime engines, the need to control which Web sites and applications can make use of these APIs increases. This document describes use cases and requirements for controlling access to these APIs. Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.

Last Call: SVG Compositing Specification

16 March 2011 | Archive

The SVG Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of SVG Compositing Specification. SVG is a language for describing vector graphics, but it is typically rendered to a display or some form of print medium. The SVG Compositing module adds support for the full range of Porter and Duff operators [PorterDuff] and blending modes. The module allows for raster and vector objects to be combined to produce eye catching effects. Comments are welcome through 12 April. Learn more about the Graphics Activity.

W3C Invites Implementations of Navigation Timing

16 March 2011 | Archive

The Web Performance Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of Navigation Timing. This specification defines an interface for web applications to access timing information related to navigation and elements. A preliminary implementation report is available and will be updated during the Candidate Recommendation period. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

W3C Invites Discussion of Open Web Platform for All at WWW 2011

16 March 2011 | Archive

W3C invites all WWW2011 participants to meet at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) to discuss the regional and global impact of this expanding Open Web Platform for application development. Participants have several opportunities to meet with the W3C staff, including the W3C track and a keynote by W3C Director Tim-Berners-Lee. This year's W3C track consists of two sessions: people (Accessible and Multilingual Web camp) and devices (Mobile Web Applications camp). Tim Berners-Lee's keynote titled Designing the Web for an Open Society" takes place Thursday, 31 March. The W3C track was organized with the support of the W3C India Office and the MobiWebApp EU project. Read the press release for more information.

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