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W3C Workshop Report: Blockchains and the Web

Blockchain workshop graphical representationW3C published today the report of the W3C Blockchains and the Web workshop held on 29-30 June, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Participants at the workshop found many topics for possible standardization or incubation, including various aspects of identity and proof-of-existence, as well as smaller blockchain primitives that could increase interoperability across different distributed ledgers.

Discussion will continue in the Blockchain Community Group, which will coordinate across different communities and groups to foster standardization where needed, as discussed in the related blog post, “Building Blocks of Blockchains“. This popular workshop had over one hundred attendees, and was hosted by MIT Media Lab and sponsored by NTT, Blockstream, and other W3C Members.

First Public Working Draft: Indexed Database API 2.0

The Web Platform Web Working Group has published a Working Draft of Indexed Database API 2.0. This document defines APIs for a database of records holding simple values and hierarchical objects. Each record consists of a key and some value. Moreover, the database maintains indexes over records it stores. An application developer directly uses an API to locate records either by their key or by using an index. A query language can be layered on this API. An indexed database can be implemented using a persistent B-tree data structure.

First Public Working Draft: HTML 5.2

The Web Platform Working Group has published a Working Draft of HTML 5.2. This specification defines the 5th major version, second 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.

W3C Invites Implementations of Micropub

The W3C Social Web Working Group is calling for implementations of Micropub, which is now a Candidate Recommendation. Micropub provides a mechanism for communication between independently developed clients and servers to allow creating, updating and deleting social content. For users, an immediate benefit is the possibility to change between or use multiple third-party posting clients with their own data storage. Before being brought to W3C for standardization, Micropub already had over a dozen independent implementations in the IndieWebCamp community.

Patent Advisory Group for Web Payments Working Group Launched

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to two specifications of the Web Payments Working Group; see the PAG charter. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements. Public comments regarding these disclosures may be sent to public-wpwg-pag@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.

W3Cx re-opens its HTML5 Intermediate MOOC Course in self-paced mode

HTML5 Part 1 course logoToday, W3Cx re-opens registration for the HTML5 Part 1 MOOC course in self-paced mode. This course focuses on Web design fundamentals at an intermediate level. As part of the “HTML5 from W3C” XSeries, it follows the HTML5 Introduction course also available in self-paced mode.

Over 190K Web developers and designers the world over have enrolled and tested their new skills through numerous interactive exercises and practical assignments. Read this course great reviews, its description and register. Learn lots and have fun!