The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find W3C news as well as links to information about W3C technologies and getting involved in W3C. We encourage you to learn more about W3C.

W3C Responds to the Public on Patent Policy Draft

2 October 2001: W3C has published a response to public comments received on the W3C Patent Policy Framework. Prepared by the Patent Policy Working Group, the draft proposes a patent policy for W3C Working Groups and Members. Thanks to requests from the Web community, the W3C Team has extended a public and Member review period through 11 October. Your comments are welcome. (News archive)

SOAP 1.2 Working Drafts Published

2 October 2001: The XML Protocol Working Group has released the second Working Draft of SOAP Version 1.2 in two parts, Part 1: Messaging Framework and Part 2: Adjuncts. Publicly developed and based on SOAP/1.1 (Simple Object Access Protocol), SOAP is a data transfer protocol designed for information exchange on the Web, using XML as its encapsulation language. Visit the XML Protocol home page. (News archive)

W3C Team Presentations in October

1 October 2001: On 1 October, Henry Thompson gives a keynote at XML Days in Budapest, Hungary. On 13 October, Ivan Herman presents Overview of W3C Technologies at Day of the Greek W3C Office in Thessaloniki, Greece. On 16 October, Charles McCathieNevile speaks on the Semantic Web and use cases for the British Computer Society's Specialist Group. On 26 October, Charles presents Formación para las autores del Web at V Jornadas del SID@R in Mar del Plata, Argentina. (News archive)

Character Model Working Draft Published

30 September 2001: The W3C Internationalization Working Group has released a Working Draft of the Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0 recording changes made since the first Last Call. This document provides authors of specifications, software developers, and content developers a common reference for interoperable text manipulation. Read about W3C's work on internationalization. (News archive)

Platform for Privacy Preferences 1.0 Last Call Working Draft Published

30 September 2001: The P3P Specification Working Group has released The Platform for Privacy Preferences 1.0 (P3P 1.0) Last Call Working Draft with an amendment (an embedded DATASCHEMA is now child of POLICIES rather than of POLICY). Comments are welcome through 15 October. P3P simplifies and automates the process of reading Web site privacy policies, promoting trust and confidence in the Web. Read the answers to frequently asked questions about P3P and more on the W3C Privacy Activity. (News archive)

RDF Model Theory Working Draft Published

25 September 2001: The RDF Core Working Group has released the first public Working Draft of RDF Model Theory. The document provides a precise semantic theory for RDF and RDFS, and sharpens the notions of consequence and inference in RDF. Learn more on the RDF home page, and read about the W3C Semantic Web Activity. (News archive)

XML Schema: Formal Description Working Draft Published

25 September 2001: The XML Schema Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of XML Schema: Formal Description. Based on the syntax in XML Schema Part 1: Structures, the formalization is a declarative system for describing and naming XML Schema information, specifying XML instance type information, and validating instances against schemas. Read about the W3C XML Activity. (News archive)

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