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Tim Berners-Lee, Web Inventor and W3C Director, and Bill McCoy, IDPF Executive Director unveiled plans to explore combining their respective organizations to more quickly advance publishing technologies on the Open Web Platform. The announcement was made Tuesday, 10 May, following Berners-Lee’s keynote address at the IDPF DigiCon Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
“We share an exciting vision for W3C and IDPF to fully align the publishing industry and core Web technology. This will create a rich media environment for digital publishing that opens up new possibilities for readers, authors, and publishers,” said Berners-Lee.
At a press briefing afterwards, Berners-Lee, Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, George Kerscher, IDPF President, and McCoy answered questions. Additional information is available in the FAQ and joint press release.
The next steps in the process of combining the two organizations include soliciting comments from the respective memberships of W3C and IDPF and drafting a Memorandum of Understanding. Pending support from both memberships, completion of legal review, and the positive resolution of specific details, the goal is to combine the two organizations by January of 2017. The future evolution of EPUB technical standards would continue at W3C, along with broader work to improve publishing features across the entire Open Web Platform.
The Timed Text Working Group has published a Group Note of TTML Media Type Definition and Profile Registry. This document defines the application/xml+ttml media type and provides a registry of identified TTML processor profiles. A processor profile is an identified reference to a set of capabilities that a processor supports, which may be defined in a specification document, a TTML Profile Definition Document or both.
The Web Application Security Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Subresource Integrity. This specification defines a mechanism by which user agents may verify that a fetched resource has been delivered without unexpected manipulation. Comments are welcome through 07 June.
The Web Components Patent Advisory Group (PAG), launch in January 2016, has published a report recommending per Option 1 of the W3C Patent Policy, that W3C continue work on the Web Components Specification. The PAG concludes that the initial concern has been resolved, enabling the Working Group to continue. More detail is available in the PAG report. 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 terms.
W3C announced today Blockchains and the Web Workshop, 29–30 June 2016, in Cambridge, MA, USA, hosted by the MIT Media Lab.
Many projects and companies are looking at ways to use the Bitcoin
blockchain or other public or private distributed ledgers, to record an
immutable timestamped public record that can be independently verified by
any stakeholder. What does this mean for Web technologies, beyond payments? What emerging
capabilities could blockchains enable for the Web, such as distributed
identity management? Conversely, should features be added to the Web
Platform and to browsers to enable blockchain use cases, such as a
developers to take advantage of blockchains?
We invite participation from diverse players in the blockchain community:
Representatives from communities such as Bitcoin, Hyperledger, and
Ethereum; browser developers interested in adding support for blockchain
APIs, identity systems, and other functionality; digital currency
projects; financial institutions; developers of blockchain systems who
want to improve interoperability; privacy/security researchers; and more.
W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is open to all. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 27 May 2016.
The Internationalization Working Group has published a Group Note of Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages. The Unicode Standard defines the universal character set. Its primary goal is to provide an unambiguous encoding of the content of plain text, ultimately covering all languages in the world, but also major text-based notational systems for science, technology, music, and scholarship. This document contains guidelines on the use of the Unicode Standard in conjunction with markup languages such as XML.
The Digital Publishing Interest Group has published a Group Note of Digital Publishing and Accessibility in W3C Documents. This document describes how W3C guidelines (including but not limited to WCAG20, ATAG20, UAAG20, and WAI-ARIA) and their principles, guidelines, and success criteria can be applied to the needs of Digital Publishing. It provides informative guidance, but does not set requirements.