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Three Notes Published by the System Applications Working Group

The System Applications Working Group has published three Group Notes today:

  • Web Telephony API. This specification defines an API to manage telephone calls. A typical use case of the Web Telephony API is the implementation of a ‘Dialer’ application supporting multiparty calls and multiple telephony services.
  • Messaging API. This specification defines a System Level API which offers a simple interface to get access to mobile messaging services. A typical use case of the Messaging API is the implementation of a messaging client application that allows the user to send SMS and MMS messages as well as to access and manage the received SMS and MMS messages.
  • Contacts Manager API. This specification defines a System Level API which offers a simple interface to manage user’s contacts stored in the system’s address book. A typical use case of the Contacts API is the implementation of an application to manage said address book.

Learn more about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.

W3Cx Opens First HTML5 Course

W3Cx logoToday, W3C is pleased to open its first W3Cx course, HTML5-part 1. HTML5 contains powerful capabilities for Web-based applications with more interaction, video support, graphics, more styling effects, and a full set of APIs. HTML5 is and will be the essential technology for organizations delivering applications across multiple platforms. For the next 6 weeks, the HTML5 course will be taught by Michel Buffa, Professor at the University of Côte d’Azur (UFR Sciences). Read the course description and register! Learn lots and have fun!

W3C Advisory Committee Elects Advisory Board

The W3C Advisory Committee has filled five open seats on the W3C Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July 2015, the nine Advisory Board participants are Tantek Çelik (Mozilla), Michael Champion (Microsoft), Virginie Galindo (Gemalto), Jay (Junichi) Kishigami (NTT), Charles McCathieNevile (Yandex), Soohong Daniel Park (Samsung Electronics), David Singer (Apple), Chris Wilson (Google) and Judy Zhu (Alibaba). Many thanks to Art Barstow, whose term ends this month. Read more about the Advisory Board.

Last Call: Canonical EXI

The Efficient XML Interchange Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Canonical EXI. Any EXI document is part of a set of EXI documents that are logically equivalent within an application context, but which vary in physical representation based on differences permitted by the Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Format 1.0 (Second Edition). This specification describes a relatively simple method for generating a physical representation, the canonical form, of an EXI document that accounts for the permissible changes. An example of the applications targeted by this specification is one that needs to guarantee non-repudiation using XML Signature yet allows certain flexibility for intermediaries to reconstitute the documents before they reach final destination without breaking the signatures. Note that two documents may have differing canonical forms yet still be equivalent in a given context based on more elaborate application-specific equivalence rules which is out of scope of this specification. Comments are welcome through 16 July. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

Notes on Using ARIA in HTML Draft Published

The HTML Working Group has published a Working Draft of Notes on Using ARIA in HTML. This document is a practical guide for developers on how to add accessibility information to HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification WAI-ARIA-1.1, which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. This document demonstrates how to use WAI-ARIA in HTML51, which especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

Visit the W3C Track at WWW 2015

www 2015 logoAt this year’s International World Wide Web Conference – WWW2015, W3C organizes a W3C track, where conference participants are invited to learn from, meet and discuss with W3C’s team of experts. On 20 and 21 May 2015, the W3C Track program highlights current standards work developed thanks to the support of European projects: TV and multi-screens scenarios from MediaScape, Web apps and rich Web APIs from HTML5Apps, Web security architecture from Strews and Web of data from BigDataEurope. We hope to see you in Florence, Italy!

CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 (CSS3 UI) Draft Published

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Working Draft of CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 (CSS3 UI). This specification describes user interface related properties and values that are proposed for CSS level 3 to style HTML and XML (including XHTML). It includes and extends user interface related features from the selectors, properties and values of CSS level 2 revision 1 and Selectors specifications. It uses various selectors, properties and values to style basic user interface elements in a document. Learn more about the Style Activity.