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W3Cx opens its HTML5 Intermediate MOOC Course

HTML5 part 1 MOOC logoInterested in learning HMTL5 from the experts? Sign up for W3C’s HTML5 courses! Today, W3Cx re-opens registration for the HTML5 Part 1 MOOC course which focuses on Web design fundamentals at an intermediate level. Taught by Michel Buffa, Professor at the University of Côte d’Azur, the course last 6 weeks. It nicely follows the HTML5 Introduction course that was held last month.

Already followed by over 160K students the world over, this HTML5 Part 1 course allows Web developers and designers to test their new skills through numerous interactive exercises and practical assignments. Read this course’s great reviews, its description and register! Learn lots and have fun!

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Explore Plans to Combine

Photo of Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO; Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director; George Kerscher, IDPF President; Bill McCoy, IDPF Executive Director, at DigiCon May 10, 2016Tim 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.

7 Notes Published by the HTML Media Extensions Working Group

The HTML Media Extensions Working Group has published 7 Group Notes:

Patent Advisory Group Recommends Continuing Work on Web Components

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.

Upcoming Workshop: Blockchains and the Web

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 JavaScript blockchain API to write to blockchain nodes? What will help Web 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.

Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages Note Published

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.