W3C Launches New Digital Publishing Activity

25 June 2013 | Archive

Today W3C launched a new Digital Publishing Activity to make the Web a platform for the digital publishing industry, and to build the necessary bridges between the developers of the Open Web Platform and the publishing industry.

Today's eBook readers and tablets for electronic books, magazines, journals and educational resources use W3C technologies such as (X)HTML, CSS, SVG, SMIL, MathML, or various Web API-s. Commercial publishers also rely on W3C technologies in their back-end processing all the way from authoring through to delivering the printed or electronic product and beyond.The publishing industry is one of the largest consumers of W3C technology.

Work in this activity primarily takes place in the Digital Publishing Interest Group. That Interest Group is a forum for experts in the digital publishing ecosystem of electronic journals, magazines, news, or book publishing (authors, creators, publishers, news organizations, booksellers, accessibility and internationalization specialists, etc.) for technical discussions, gathering use cases and requirements to align the existing formats and technologies (e.g., for electronic books) with those used by the Open Web Platform.

The launch of this Activity follows two W3C Workshops this year so far: Great Expectations for Web Standards (February) and Richer Internationalization for eBooks (June). W3C is also holding a Workshop on publishing workflow in September in Paris.

EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language Version 1.1 Draft Published

27 June 2013 | Archive

The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has published a Working Draft of EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language Version 1.1. This specification provides details for an XML markup language for containing and annotating the interpretation of user input. Examples of interpretation of user input are a transcription into words of a raw signal, for instance derived from speech, pen or keystroke input, a set of attribute/value pairs describing their meaning, or a set of attribute/value pairs describing a gesture. 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. Learn more about the Multimodal Interaction Activity.

Linked Data Glossary Note Published

27 June 2013 | Archive

The Government Linked Data Working Group has published a Group Note of Linked Data Glossary. This document is a glossary of terms defined and used to describe Linked Data, and its associated vocabularies and Best Practices. This document will help information management professionals, Web developers, scientists and the general public better understand publishing structured data using Linked Data Principles. Learn more about the eGovernment Activity.

Call for Implementations: Org and Data-Cube Vocabularies

25 June 2013 | Archive

The Government Linked Data (GLD) Working Group today published two Candidate Recommendations:

  • The Organization Ontology (org) defines a vocabulary for describing the structure of an organization, such as a government agency or a corporation.
  • The RDF Data Cube Vocabulary (data-cube) allows multi-dimensional data, such as statistics or environmental data, to be published on the Web in a standard way.

Each of these vocabularies is stable and has already been used in a variety of applications (see org implementations and data cube implementations). The group is now encouraging everyone who wants to provide or consume this kind of data to begin using these vocabularies, and it asks people to please send in reports of implementation experience, as explained in the documents. These reports will help us be sure the vocabularies are ready to become W3C Recommendations and generally help build global interoperability. Learn more about the Semantic Web.

HTML+RDFa 1.1 is a Proposed Recommendation; two other RDFa Proposed Edited Recommendations Published

25 June 2013 | Archive

The RDFa Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation for HTML+RDFa 1.1. This specification defines rules and guidelines for adapting the RDFa Core 1.1 and RDFa Lite 1.1 specifications for use in HTML5 and XHTML5. The rules defined in this specification not only apply to HTML5 documents in non-XML and XML mode, but also to HTML4 and XHTML documents interpreted through the HTML5 parsing rules.

The Working Group has also published two Proposed Edited Recommendations for RDFa Core 1.1 and XHTML+RDFa 1.1, folding in the errata reported by the community since their publication as Recommendations in June 2012; all changes are editorial.

Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.

First Draft of Web Animations 1.0; Compositing and Blending Level 1 Updated

25 June 2013 | Archive

The CSS Working Group and SVG Working Group today jointly published a First Public Working Draft of Web Animations 1.0, which defines a model for synchronization and timing of changes to the presentation of a Web page. This specification also defines an application programming interface for interacting with this model and it is expected that further specifications will define declarative means for exposing these features. The Web Animations model aims at two broad areas of application: User interface effects, and Storytelling and visualisation.

The two groups also updated today Compositing and Blending Level 1. Compositing describes how shapes of different elements are combined into a single image.

Web Cryptography API Draft Published

25 June 2013 | Archive

The Web Cryptography Working Group has published 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. Learn more about the Security Activity.

Publishing Workflow Focus of September Workshop in Paris

25 June 2013 | Archive

In April we announced the third W3C Workshop on digital publishing, Workshop on Publishing using the Open Web Platform, which takes place Paris 16-17 September. The goal of this W3C Workshop is to bring together major players, including publishers, standardization organizations, technology developers, booksellers, accessibility organizations and others to identify areas where work is needed to make the Open Web Platform suitable for commercial publishing, especially in print, all the way from authoring through to delivering the printed product and beyond. We have extended the deadline for position papers to 15 July. Participation is free and open to W3C members and non-members. Each organization may provide a maximum of two attendees. Learn more about how to participate.

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