W3C News

Call for Review: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference

A draft redesign of How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques was published yesterday by the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group (WCAG WG). It is intended to replace the current How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference. We welcome comments on the user interface and the filtering by 2 December, preferably via GitHub, or alternatively via e-mail to wai-eo-editors@w3.org. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Call for Review: CSV on the Web Proposed Recommendations

The CSV on the Web Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation for four documents:

Comments are welcome through 15 December.

W3C creates Web Developers avenue and introduces Friends

TPAC 2015 logoW3C is pleased to unveil today during TPAC2015, a new W3C Developers avenue featuring the W3C offerings and tools Web developers need for their work. The new one-stop page will guide Web developers based on interest:

  • Free and open-source W3C validators, checkers and tools
  • Discourse, to discuss and learn
  • Learning, in a W3Cx MOOC or a course from W3DevCampus
  • W3C Community Groups to propose and incubate new web technologies
  • Testing the Web Forward
  • Friends, our new gratitude program

W3C Developers logoWe are also introducing Friends, a gratitude program that makes it easy for individuals to affiliate as Friends and donate to support us as we provide the tools and services that help move the Web forward, thus fulfilling the W3C’s mission. This replaces the former W3C Supporters Program.

You can read more in Jeff Jaffe’s Blog post.

Record Attendance at W3C Technical Plenary 2015 this week

TPAC 2015 logo This week, the W3C community meets in Sapporo, Japan for TPAC 2015 W3C’s annual face-to-face Membership meeting. Participants will coordinate technical directions for the Open Web Platform, explore its impact across industries and devices, discuss organizational strategy and the future of the Web. Attendees will participate in Working Group meetings, an Advisory Committee meeting, and a Plenary Day for a panel discussion on the future of the Internet and Web with Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Jun Murai, moderated by Jeff Jaffe; and breakout discussions on a a variety of topics. Nearly 580 people registered –a 15% increase compared to TPAC 2014 in California. This is our record attendance in the fifteen TPAC weeks we’ve organized since 2001. Although participation in TPAC is limited to those already in W3C groups, the TPAC proceedings are public and will be made available shortly after the meeting. Follow the meeting on social networking sites with tag #tpac. W3C also welcomes registered Web developers and interested parties this evening to a W3C Meetup.

W3C launches Web Payments Working Group

How do you want to pay? Hand holding a smartphoneW3C launched today the Web Payments Working Group to streamline the online “check-out” process and make payments easier and more secure on the Web. W3C’s long-term goal is to enable a harmonized payment experience on the web, regardless of the device being used and whether the transaction takes place in an application or in-store.

The Web Payments Working Group will create standard Application Programming Interfaces to support a wide array of existing and future payment methods, and allow payment instrument registration and selection facilitated by the browser. Standard APIs will establish a foundation for automated secure payments, as well as simplified check-out and payment experience. This will mean more payment options for merchants and users. It will also be easier for Web developers to integrate existing and new payment flows into their applications.

Read the Web Payments Working Group Charter FAQ, the full press release and testimonials from W3C Members, including Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom, Digital Bazaar, ETA, Federal Reserve Bank, Ingenico Labs, MAG, NACS, Qihoo360, Rabobank, Ripple and WorldPay.

W3C Invites Implementations of Encoding

The Internationalization Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of Encoding. The utf-8 encoding is the most appropriate encoding for interchange of Unicode, the universal coded character set. Therefore, for new protocols and formats, as well as existing formats deployed in new contexts, this specification requires (and defines) the utf-8 encoding.