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W3Cx opens its HTML5 Advanced MOOC Course

HTML5 Part 2 MOOC logoToday, W3Cx re-opens registration for the HTML5 Part 2 MOOC course which focuses on advanced features such as HTML5-based APIs, Web components, advanced multimedia, audio for music and games, and more. Taught by Michel Buffa, Professor at the University of Côte d’Azur, the course lasts 4 weeks. This course completes the HTML5 from W3C XSeries, after the HTML5 Introduction and HTML5 Part 1 courses that were held for the past 2 months.

The HTML5 Part 2 course allows Web developers and designers to sharpen their design skills through numerous interactive exercises and practical assignments. Read this course’s great reviews, its description and register. Learn lots and have fun!

Upcoming W3C China 10th Anniversary in Beijing

W3C announced today W3C China 10th Anniversary, held on 9 July 2016, in Beijing; hosted by W3C/Beihang, which opened as the W3C China Office in 2006, and became the fourth Host of W3C in 2013–a new center for W3C technical staff and leadership activities in China.

A number of developers, W3C members, invited experts from Academia and Industry, and W3C team representatives will be present at this one-day event, which consists of three sessions: Core Web Technologies, Future of the Web and Web & Industry, involving the topics of Web design, WebAPP, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Accessibility, Knowledge Graph, Web Payments, Web of Things, Web Automotive, Linked Data, etc.

W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is free and open to all, subject to registration and the capacity of the venue. Interpretation and translation between English and Chinese will be available if needed. Registration will be required to participate, due by 5 July 2016

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W3C Invites Implementations of HTML 5.1

The Web Platform Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of HTML 5.1. This specification defines the 5th major version, first minor revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features continue to be introduced to help Web application authors, new elements continue to be introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention continues to be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.

Upcoming Workshop: Smart Descriptions and Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc)

W3C announced today Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc) Workshop, 30 November – 1 December 2016, in Amsterdam, hosted by CWI and organized in conjunction with the EU funded project VRE4EIC.

This workshop aims to clarify the steps needed to improve communication between data repositories and applications that use that data, such as virtual research environments. Applications may simply discover data or visualize it, manipulate it, discuss it, correct it, describe it, republish it, etc. The outcome may be a new W3C Working Group chartered to extend DCAT and determine how human and machine-readable metadata profiles are defined and made discoverable. A further aim is to explore how W3C can best support vocabulary development for a variety of communities.

W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is open to all, subject to registration and the capacity of the venue. Position statements will be required to secure a speaking slot, due by 9 October 2016.

First Public Working Drafts published by the CSS WG and TAG

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group and Technical Architecture Group (TAG) have published four Working Drafts:

  • CSS Typed OM Level 1: Converting CSSOM value strings into meaningfully typed JavaScript representations and back can incur a significant performance overhead. This specification exposes CSS values as typed JavaScript objects to facilitate their performant manipulation.
  • CSS Properties and Values API Level 1: This CSS module defines an API for registering new CSS properties. Properties registered using this API are provided with a parse syntax that defines a type, inheritance behaviour, and an initial value.
  • CSS Painting API Level 1: The paint stage of CSS is responsible for painting the background, content and highlight of a box based on that box’s geometry (as generated by the layout stage) and computed style. This specification describes an API which allows developers to paint a part of a box in response to geometry/computed style changes with an additional function.
  • Worklets Level 1: This specification defines an API for running scripts in stages of the rendering pipeline independent of the main javascript execution environment.

Reporting API 1 Note Published

The Web Performance Working Group has published a Group Note of Reporting API 1. This document defines a generic reporting framework which allows web developers to associate a set of named reporting endpoints with an origin. Various platform features (like Content Security Policy, Network Error Reporting, and others) will use these endpoints to deliver feature-specific reports in a consistent manner.

W3C Advisory Committee Elects Advisory Board

The W3C Advisory Committee has filled five open seats on the W3C Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July 2016, the nine Advisory Board participants are Tantek Çelik (Mozilla), Michael Champion (Microsoft), Virginie Galindo (Gemalto), Jay (Junichi) Kishigami (NTT), Charles McCathie Nevile (Yandex), David Singer (Apple), Léonie Watson (The Paciello Group), Chris Wilson (Google) and Judy Zhu (Alibaba). Many thanks to Soohong Daniel Park (Samsung Electronics), whose term ends this month. Read more about the Advisory Board.

First Public Working Draft: Semantic Sensor Network Ontology

The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a Working Draft of Semantic Sensor Network Ontology. The Semantic Sensor Network Ontology (commonly known as “SSN” or sometimes “SSNO”) is an OWL-2 DL ontology for describing sensors and the observations they make of the physical world. SSN is published in a modular architecture that supports the judicious use of “just enough” ontology for diverse applications, including satellite imagery, large scale scientific monitoring, industrial and household infrastructure, citizen observers, and Web of Things. SSN is described and examples of its use are given.