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Media Accessibility User Requirements Working Draft Updated

The Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) today published an updated Working Draft of Media Accessibility User Requirements, a planned W3C Working Group Note. This document describes the accessibility requirements of people with disabilities with respect to audio and video on the Web, particularly in the context of HTML5. It explains alternative content technologies that people use to get audio and video content, and how these fit in the larger picture of accessibility, both technically within a web user agent and from a production process point of view. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: current state and roadmap

Thumbnail of application platform diagram that appears in the reportW3C has published the July 2014 edition of Standards for Web Applications on Mobile, an overview of the various technologies developed in W3C that increase the capabilities of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context.

A deliverable of the HTML5Apps project, this edition of the document includes changes and additions since April 2014, notably a new section covers the emerging field of integrated payments on the Web, following recent work started by W3C in this space. Learn more about the Web and Mobile Interest Group.

W3C Invites Implementations of HTML5 Image Description Extension

The HTML Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of the HTML5 Image Description Extension, which defines the “longdesc” attribute that enables web authors to provide longer textual descriptions for complex images. This specification is part of W3C’s work to ensure that the Open Web Platform is accessible to people with disabilities. This publication addresses comments received during Last Call, and invites implementations. It is developed by the HTML Accessibility Task Force in coordination with the HTML Working Group and the WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG). Please see details in the Call for Implementations: HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc) e-mail. Additional implementations are welcome through 26 August 2014. Learn more about the HTML Activity and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Workshop Report: W3C Workshop on the Web of Things

W3C published today the final report of the W3C Workshop on the Web of Things that was held on 25-26 June 2014, in Berlin (Germany).

The workshop examined the opportunities for open Web standards for service platforms in the network edge and the cloud, along with the challenges for security, privacy and the integration with the Web of data.

The workshop gave a strong message of support for W3C to initiate work on standardization for the Web of Things. The foundations include RESTful HTTP and pub-sub protocols, but the detailed requirements vary across the use cases. Building upon these foundations, the workshop identified the need for standards for Web APIs that abstract away from the protocols, including the wide range of IoT technologies used at the network edge to connect to sensors and actuators. Through standardization, we can encourage re-use of APIs and data models.

The W3C staff will drive the process of chartering an Interest Group through reaching out to a wide range of interested stakeholders. Initial ideas for the scope are included in the workshop report.

W3C Workshop Report: MultilingualWeb workshop in Madrid

A report of the MultilingualWeb workshop in Madrid is now available from the MultilingualWeb site. It contains a summary of each session with links to presentation slides and minutes taken during the workshop in Madrid. The workshop was a huge success, with approximately 110 participants, and with the aligned LIDER roadmapping workshop. The Workshop was hosted by Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Madrid, sponsored by the EU-funded LIDER project, by Verisign and by Lionbridge. A new workshop in the MultilingualWeb series is planned for 2015. Learn more about the Internationalization Activity.

W3C Updates Recommendation Track Process

W3C enacted today the 1 August 2014 W3C Process Document. This revision updates the chapter that defines the Recommendation Track, the steps and requirements followed by W3C Working Groups to standardize Web technology. The W3C technical report development process is designed to support multiple specification development methodologies: maximize consensus about the content of stable technical reports; ensure high technical and editorial quality; promote consistency among specifications; facilitate royalty-free, interoperable implementations of Web Standards; and earn endorsement by W3C and the broader community. The primary change to the Recommendation Track is to merge “Last Call” and “Candidate Recommendation.” A Process Transition FAQ lists other changes to the Recommendation Track, explains the two-year transition plan for adoption by groups, describes the relation to the W3C Patent Policy, and more.

This document was developed between the W3C Advisory Board and the public Revising W3C Process Community Group.

New Privacy Policy for W3C Site

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