W3C News

Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) 1.0 Note Published

Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) 1.0 was published today as a W3C Note by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) and Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG), through the joint WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF). WCAG-EM describes an approach for evaluating how websites, including Web applications and websites for mobile devices, conform to WCAG 2.0. WCAG-EM provides guidance for individuals and organizations that evaluate web accessibility, and is also useful for those that have others evaluate their website. Learn more from the WCAG-EM Overview and about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

CSV on the Web: Use Cases and Requirements Draft Published

The CSV on the Web Working Group has published a Working Draft of CSV on the Web: Use Cases and Requirements. A large percentage of the data published on the Web is tabular data, commonly published as comma separated values (CSV) files. The CSV on the Web Working Group aim to specify technologies that provide greater interoperability for data dependent applications on the Web when working with tabular datasets comprising single or multiple files using CSV, or similar, format. This document lists the use cases considered representative of how tabular data is commonly used within data dependent applications. This document also provides a set of requirements derived from these use cases that have been used to guide the specification design. Learn more about the Data Activity.

Using WAI-ARIA in HTML Draft Published

The HTML Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of Using WAI-ARIA in HTML. Using WAI-ARIA in HTML is a practical guide for developers on how to to add accessibility information to HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) specification, which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. WAI-ARIA is introduced in the WAI-ARIA Overview. Using WAI-ARIA in HTML is developed by the HTML Accessibility Task Force in coordination with the HTML Working Group and the WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG). Learn more about the HTML Activity and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Last Call: Geometry Interfaces Module Level 1

The CSS Working Group and the SVG Working Group have published a Last Call Working Draft of Geometry Interfaces Module Level 1. This specification provides basic geometric interfaces to represent points, rectangles, quadrilaterals and transformation matrices that can be used by other modules or specifications. CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, in speech, etc. Comments are welcome through 7 August 2014. Learn more about the Style Activity and the Graphics Activity.

First Public Working Draft of IndieUI: User Context for web interface preferences

The IndieUI Working Group today published a First Public Working Draft of IndieUI: User Context 1.0 – Contextual Information for User Interface Independence. It defines a set of preferences that users can choose to expose to web applications, and an API for user agents to access the preferences and listen for changes. Users can set preferences for features such as screen size, font size, and color. Users with disabilities can provide information about assistive technologies in use, indicate that the display is in an accessibility mode, and indicate what kind of subtitles and audio descriptions they need. Web applications can use this information to optimize the presentation without a requirement to target a specific device, operating system, or locale. IndieUI: User Context complements IndieUI: Events 1.0 to provide web application developers a uniform way to design web applications that work in a wide range of contexts — different devices (such as mobile phones and tablets), different assistive technologies (AT), different user needs. Comments on this Draft are encouraged by 1 August 2014. Learn more from the IndieUI Overview; read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Linked Data Platform 1.0 Primer Draft Published

The Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a Working Draft of Linked Data Platform 1.0 Primer. This primer provides an introduction to the Linked Data Platform (LDP), with examples illustrating the principal concepts such as the notion of an LDP resource and the LDP container and how they can be used by Web clients. Two sample scenarios show how an LDP client can interact with a LDP server in the context of a read-write Linked Data application i.e. how to use HTTP for accessing, updating, creating and deleting resources from servers that expose their resources as Linked Data. Learn more about the Data Activity.

Last Call: Beacon, Resource Timing Candidate Recommendation Updated

The Web Performance Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Beacon. This specification defines an interoperable means for site developers to asynchronously transfer small HTTP data from the User Agent to a web server. Comments are welcome through 29 July 2014.

The group also updated the Candidate Recommendation of Resource Timing. This specification defines an interface for web applications to access the complete timing information for resources in a document.

Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.