W3C News

Accessible Way-Finding Using Web Technologies: Online Symposium Call for Papers

The Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) will hold an online symposium on 3 December 2014 to explore technologies, applications, concepts, and solutions that help people with disabilities orient themselves, explore, and navigate through the physical world. The Call for Papers is open until 20 October 2014. Learn more about the Accessible Way-Finding Using Web Technologies Symposium and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Last Call: Linked Data Platform 1.0; LDP Access Control Note Published

The Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Linked Data Platform 1.0. This document describes a set of best practices and simple approach for a read-write Linked Data architecture, based on HTTP access to web resources that describe their state using the RDF data model. Comments are welcome through 7 October.

The group also published a Group Note of LDP Access Control. This note discusses use cases and requirements for Access Control for the Linked Data Platform Working Group. It also outlines a charter for developing a standard for HTTP-based access control.

Learn more about the Data Activity.

Updated Understanding Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today published updates of two Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) For information on these updates, please see the Understanding WCAG and WCAG Techniques Updated September 2014 e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Call for Review: HTML5 Proposed Recommendation Published

The HTML Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of HTML5. This specification defines the 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. Comments are welcome through 14 October. Learn more about the HTML Activity.

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. The other (legacy) encodings have been defined to some extent in the past. However, user agents have not always implemented them in the same way, have not always used the same labels, and often differ in dealing with undefined and former proprietary areas of encodings. This specification addresses those gaps so that new user agents do not have to reverse engineer encoding implementations and existing user agents can converge. Learn more about the Internationalization Activity.

Registration Open for JavaScript Training Course; Early Bird Rate through 25 September

Registration for W3C’s “JavaScript” online training course is open. The 4-week session, which begins 20 October, provides instruction about JavaScript good practices, tricks, and tools, illustrated through examples and assignments. Register before 25 September to benefit from the early bird rate. Check all other acclaimed courses open for registration (such as HTML5 and Responsive Web Design) . Learn more about W3DevCampus, the official W3C online training for Web developers and watch the intro video.

Web Accessibility Tutorials on Images and Tables

The WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published Web Accessibility Tutorials on Images and Tables. Additional tutorials will be announced soon. These tutorials show you how to create web content that is accessible to people with disabilities and that improves the user experience for all users. They include general guidance, and specific examples for HTML5 and WAI-ARIA. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

CSS Display Module Level 3 Draft Published

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Working Draft of CSS Display Module Level 3. This module describes how the CSS formatting box tree is generated from the document element tree and defines the display and box-suppress properties that control it. CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, in speech, etc. Learn more about the Style Activity.