W3C announced a Workshop on Web Payments: How do you want to pay?, 24-25 March 2014, in Paris (France). The event is hosted by the W3C France Office.
This workshop seeks to make it easier to monetize open Web applications, as an effective alternative to proprietary native app ecosystems. In essence, we would like to improve the end user experience and give users greater freedom in how they pay, to reduce the burden on developers and merchants, and to create a level playing field for competing payment solutions providers large and small. We are expecting broad participation from financial institutions, governments, mobile network operators, payment solution providers, technology companies, retailers, content creators, and non-governmental organizations. The workshop will seek to establish a broad roadmap for work on open standards for Web payments, along with proposals for initial small steps along the road. We thank Telefónica and Worldline for agreeing to co-chair the Workshop. W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is open to all. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 8 February 2014.
The Web Applications (WebApps) Working Group and the Web Application Security (WebAppSec) Working Group have published today a Proposed Recommendation of Cross-Origin Resource Sharing. This document defines a mechanism to enable client-side cross-origin requests. Specifications that enable an API to make cross-origin requests to resources can use the algorithms defined by this specification. If such an API is used on http://example.org resources, a resource on http://hello-world.example can opt in using the mechanism described by this specification (e.g., specifying Access-Control-Allow-Origin: http://example.org as response header), which would allow that resource to be fetched cross-origin from http://example.org. Comments are welcome through 14 January 2014. Learn more about the Security Activity and the Rich Web Clients Activity.
The CSS Working Group has republished a Working Draft of CSS Object Model (CSSOM). CSSOM defines APIs (including generic parsing and serialization rules) for Media Queries, Selectors, and of course CSS itself. Learn more about the Style Activity.
The CSS Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of CSS Shapes Module Level 1. CSS Shapes describe geometric shapes for use in CSS. For Level 1, CSS Shapes can be applied to floats. A circle shape on a float will cause inline content to wrap around the circle shape instead of the float’s bounding box. Comments are welcome by 7 January 2014. Learn more about the Style Activity.
The Internet Architecture Board and W3C just announced a Workshop, Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive Monitoring, 28 February – 01 March 2014, in London (UK). The event is co-located with the 89th IETF Conference that will take place from 02 – 07 March at the Hilton Metropole in central London (UK).
The Vancouver IETF plenary concluded that pervasive monitoring represents an attack on the Internet. Pervasive monitoring targets protocol data that we also need for network manageability and security. This data is captured and correlated with other data. There is an open problem as to how to enhance protocols so as to maintain network manageability and security but still limit data capture and correlation.
The overall goal of the workshop is to steer IETF and W3C work so as to be able to improve or
strengthen the Internet in the face of pervasive monitoring. A workshop report in the form of an IAB RFC will be produced after the event.
Participants are required to submit a position paper or an Internet Draft by
15 January 2014.
Today, W3C published W3C Highlights – November 2013, a survey of select
recent work and upcoming priorities. In this report we examine the forces of Web innovation through the lens of industry,
and how the Open Web Platform is transforming digital publishing, automotive, television, entertainment. This report was prepared
for discussion during TPAC 2013.
W3C announced today a Workshop, Linking Geospatial Data, 5-6 March 2014, in London (UK). The event is hosted by Google.
Many of the best data-driven Web applications have geospatial information at their core. Very often the common factor across multiple data sets is the location data, and maps are crucial in visualizing correlations between data sets that may otherwise be hidden. It’s this desire to work with multiple data sets in different formats about different topics and link those with the powerful technologies used in geospatial information systems that is behind the linking geospatial data workshop.
How can geographic information best be integrated with other data on the Web? How can we discover that different facts in different data sets relate to the same place, especially when ‘place’ can be expressed in different ways and at different levels of granularity? W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is open to all. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 19 January 2014.
The CSS Working Group and the SVG Working Group have published two Working Drafts today.
- A Working Draft of Filter Effects Module Level 1. Filter effects are a way of processing an element’s rendering before it is displayed in the document. Typically, rendering an element via CSS or SVG can be conceptually described as if the element, including its children, are drawn into a buffer (such as a raster image) and then that buffer is composited into the elements parent. Filters apply an effect before the compositing stage. Examples of such effects are blurring, changing color intensity and warping the image. Although originally designed for use in SVG, filter effects are a set a set of operations to apply on an image buffer and therefore can be applied to nearly any presentational environment, including CSS. They are triggered by a style instruction (the filter property). This specification describes filters in a manner that allows them to be used in content styled by CSS, such as HTML and SVG. It also defines a CSS property value function that produces a CSS <image> value. CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, in speech, etc.
- A Working Draft of CSS Transforms Module Level 1. CSS transforms allows elements styled with CSS to be transformed in two-dimensional or three-dimensional space. This specification is the convergence of the CSS 2D transforms, CSS 3D transforms and SVG transforms specifications. CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, in speech, etc.
Learn more about the Style Activity, and the Graphics Activity.
The Audio Working Group has published a Working Draft of Web MIDI API. This specification defines an API supporting the MIDI protocol, enabling web applications to enumerate and select MIDI input and output devices on the client system and send and receive MIDI messages. It is intended to enable non-music MIDI applications as well as music ones, by providing low-level access to the MIDI devices available on the users’ systems. The Web MIDI API is not intended to describe music or controller inputs semantically; it is designed to expose the mechanics of MIDI input and output interfaces, and the practical aspects of sending and receiving MIDI messages, without identifying what those actions might mean semantically. The Web MIDI API is also expected to be used in conjunction with other APIs and elements of the web platform, notably the Web Audio API. This API is also intended to be familiar to users of MIDI APIs on other systems, such as Apple’s CoreMIDI and Microsoft’s Windows MIDI API. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.