W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group

10 January 2013 | Archive

The W3C Advisory Committee has elected the following people to the Technical Architecture Group (TAG): Marcos Caceres (Unaffiliated), Yehuda Katz (jQuery Foundation), Alex Russell (Google), and Anne van Kesteren (Unaffiliated). They join continuing participants Noah Mendelsohn (unaffiliated), Jonathan Rees (unaffiliated), Jeni Tennison (Open Data Institute), and Henry Thompson (U. of Edinburgh), as well as co-Chair Tim Berners-Lee. W3C thanks those TAG participants whose terms end this month for their contributions: Peter Linss (HP), Ashok Malhotra (Oracle), and Larry Masinter (Adobe). The mission of the TAG is to build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary, to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG, and to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C. Learn more about the TAG.

XPath 3.0, XQuery 3.0, XQueryX 3.0 are W3C Candidate Recommendations

09 January 2013 | Archive

The XSLT Working Group and XML Query Working Group published Candidate Recommendations for version 3.0 of XQuery, XQueryX and XPath, together with Functions and Operators and the XPath and XQuery Data Model. The Serialization specification is also published, but as a second Last Call, after substantive changes were made.

XPath is a language for selecting parts of XML documents; XQuery and XQueryX are query languages for selecting, joining and manipulating XML documents. All three languages operate on any data source that can be represented as instances of the XQuery and XPath abstract Data Model (XDM) and can use the facilities described in the Functions and Operators specification. XQuery (and external derivatives such as JSONiq) are becoming widely used in the NoSQL arena as well as with XML, RDF and large data sets.

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Three drafts published by the Web Cryptography Working Group

08 January 2013 | Archive

The Web Cryptography Working Group has published three documents today.

  • A Working Draft of Web Cryptography API. This specification describes a JavaScript API for performing basic cryptographic operations in web applications, such as hashing, signature generation and verification, and encryption and decryption. Additionally, it describes an API for applications to generate and/or manage the keying material necessary to perform these operations. Uses for this API range from user or service authentication, document or code signing, and the confidentiality and integrity of communications.
  • A First Public Working Draft of WebCrypto Key Discovery. This specification describes a JavaScript API for discovering named, origin-specific pre-provisioned cryptographic keys for use with the Web Cryptography API. Pre-provisioned keys are keys which have been made available to the UA by means other than the generation, derivation, imporation functions of the Web Cryptography API. Origin-specific keys are keys that are available only to a specified origin. Named keys are identified by a name assumed to be known to the origin in question and provisioned with the key itself.
  • A First Public Working Draft of Web Cryptography API Use Cases. This document is an informative overview of the target use cases for a cryptographic API for the web. These use cases, described as scenarios, represent some of the set of expected functionality that may be achieved by the Web Cryptography API, which provides an API for cryptographic operations such as encryption and decryption, and the Key Discovery API, which specifically covers the ability to access cryptographic keys that have been pre-provisioned.

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Registered Organization Vocabulary Draft Published

08 January 2013 | Archive

The Government Linked Data Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Registered Organization Vocabulary. This is a vocabulary for describing organizations that have gained legal entity status through a formal registration process, typically in a national or regional register. It focuses solely on such organizations and excludes natural persons, virtual organizations and other types of legal entity or 'agent' that are able to act. It should be seen as a specialization of the more flexible and comprehensive Organization Ontology. Learn more about the eGovernment Activity.

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