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Pointer Events is a W3C Recommendation

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of Pointer Events. The Pointer Events specification defines a unified set of events and interfaces for device-neutral pointer input, such as a mouse, touchscreen, and pen-tablet, including capabilities for handling pointer pressure, contact geometry, and tilt; it also defines a mapping to traditional mouse events. This specification provides additional functionality not available in the related Touch Events specification; for more information on the relationship between these two specifications, see the Touch Events Community Group. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Data on the Web Best Practices First Draft Published

The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Data on the Web Best Practices, to encourage and enable the continued expansion of the Web as a medium for the exchange of data. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.

The group also published today a Group Note of Data on the Web Best Practices Use Cases & Requirements with scenarios of how data is commonly published on the Web and how it is used. This document also provides a set of requirements derived from these use cases that will be used to guide the development of the Best Practices document and also two new vocabularies: Quality and Granularity Description, and Data Usage Description. Learn more about the Data Activity.

W3C Invites Implementations of XSLT and XQuery Serialization 3.1

Today the XSLT Working Group and the XML Query Working Group jointly published a Candidate Recommendation for, and invite implementations of, XSLT and XQuery Serialization 3.1. The serialization specification defines output methods in XML, HTML, plain or formatted text and JSON. The specification returned to Working Draft to add an Adaptive serialization closer to industry practice for ad-hoc formatting of results. An extensive test suite is available. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity

W3C Invites Implementations of Content Security Policy Level 2

The Web Application Security Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of Content Security Policy Level 2. This specification updates Content Security Policy, fine-tuning the existing policy options, and introducing a number of new mechanisms that site authors can use to mitigate the risk of content injection and related attacks. Major differences from Content Security Policy Level 1 may be found in Section 1.1 of the document.

With this publication, we move the earlier edition off the Recommendation Track to a Note (Content Security Policy 1.0) and invite implementers to share their experience with CSP Level 2. Learn more about the Security Activity.

Congratulations to IETF on New Version of HTTP

W3C congratulates the IETF for the approval by the IESG of the HTTP/2 draft, which represents a major update on the core protocol of the World Wide Web. This new version of HTTP will allow better and faster Web Applications, and help reduce the gap between installable and Web applications. It will also boost interoperability, improve the path for secure connections, and reduce the need for some existing performance “hacks.”

Workshop Report: W3C Workshop on Privacy and User–Centric Controls

W3C published the report of the W3C Workshop on Privacy and User– Centric Controls workshop held on 20-21 November 2014 in Berlin. This exploratory workshop attracted extensive participation, including browser vendors, researchers, network operators, entrepreneurs, and government representatives.The group recognized that issues related to implementing and achieving adoption related to privacy and security may be similar to those for accessibility and internationalization. The Workshop identified concrete next steps that will be brought to the attention of the Privacy Interest Group for further discussion. The Workshop was hosted by Deutsche Telekom and sponsored by the European Commission. Learn more about the Privacy Activity.