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Web Design and Applications

Web Design and Applications involve the standards for building and Rendering Web pages, including HTML, CSS, SVG, device APIs, and other technologies for Web Applications (“WebApps”). This section also includes information on how to make pages accessible to people with disabilities (WCAG), to internationalize them, and make them work on mobile devices.

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HTML and CSS are the fundamental technologies for building Web pages: HTML (html and xhtml) for structure, CSS for style and layout, including WebFonts. Find resources for good Web page design as well as helpful tools.

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Standard APIs for client-side Web Application development include those for Geolocation, XMLHttpRequest, and mobile widgets. W3C standards for document models (the “DOM”) and technologies such as XBL allow content providers to create interactive documents through scripting.

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W3C is the home of the widely deployed PNG raster format, SVG vector format, and the Canvas API. WebCGM is a more specialized format used, for example, in the fields of automotive engineering, aeronautics.

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Some of the W3C formats that enable authoring audio and video presentations include HTML, SVG, and SMIL (for synchronization). W3C is also working on a timed text format for captioning and other applications.

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W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to help authors create content that is accessible to people with disabilities. WAI-ARIA gives authors more tools to create accessible Web Applications by providing additional semantics about widgets and behaviors.

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W3C has a mission to design technology that works across cultures and languages. W3C standards such as HTML and XML are built on Unicode, for instance. In addition, W3C has published guidance for authors related to language tags bi-directional (bidi) text, and more.

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W3C promotes “One Web” that is available on any device. W3C’s Mobile Web Best Practices help authors understand how to create content that provides a reasonable experience on a wide variety of devices, contexts, and locations.

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The Web is a powerful tool for communications and transactions of all sorts. It is important to consider privacy and security implications of the Web as part of technology design. Learn more about tracking and Web App security.

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Mathematics and formula are used on the Web for business reports, education materials and scientific research. W3C’s MathML enables mathematics to be served, received, and processed on the World Wide Web, just as HTML has enabled this functionality for other types of content.

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We would like to remind you that the deadline for speaker proposals for the 8th MultilingualWeb Workshop (April 29, 2015, Riga, Latvia) is on Sunday, March 8, at 23:59 UTC.

Featuring a keynote by Paige Williams (Director of Global Readiness, Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft) and sessions for various audiences (Web developers, content creators, localisers, users, and multilingual language processing), this workshop will focus on the advances and challenges faced in making the Web truly multilingual. It provides an outstanding and influential forum for thought leaders to share their ideas and gain critical feedback.

While the organizers have already received many excellent submissions, there is still time to make a proposal, and we encourage interested parties to do so by the deadline. With roughly 150 attendees anticipated for the Workshop from a wide variety of profiles, we are certain to have a large and diverse audience that can provide constructive and useful feedback, with stimulating discussion about all of the presentations.

The workshop is made possible by the generous support of the LIDER project and will be part of the Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market . We are organizing the workshop as part of the Riga Summit to strengthen the European related community at large. Depending on the number of submissions to the MultilingualWeb workshop we may suggest to move some presentations to other days of the summit. For these reasons we highly recommend you to attend the whole Riga Summit! See the line-up of speakersalready confirmed for the various events during the summit.

For more information and to register a presentation proposal, please visit the Riga Workshop Call for Participation . For registration as a regular participant of the MultilingualWeb workshop or other events at the Riga Summit, please register at the Riga Summit 2015 site.

The past year has seen been one of significant milestones in W3C with the highlight being that HTML5 became a Recommendation in late October of 2014. We have seen the Open Web Platform continuing to have an impact on a diverse set of Industries. Within W3C this is manifest by the continued growth of our Digital Publishing Interest Group and the launch of both our Web Payments Interest Group and Automotive Working Group. When you look at the hottest thing going on across Industries you have to recognize the Internet of Things as a movement that has gained an incredible amount of traction. This work within W3C is happening in our Web of Things Interest Group. When you look at the Exhibitors and Attendees as well as the Sessions being held during Mobile World Congress 2015 there is a huge overlap in these conversations. In fact, many of the GSMA Members that also Members of W3C are active participants in one or more of these groups – shouldn’t you be?

W3C will be at Mobile World Congress 2015 but we will not have a booth this year. We will be represented by Dominique Hazael-Massieux, our Mobile Guru, and J. Alan Bird, our Global Business Development Leader. They will be on-site at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain from the afternoon of Monday, 02 March 2015 through Thursday, 05 March 2015. If you are in any of the industries that are being touched by the Open Web Platform we’d love to have a conversation with you. If you’re not in one of the Industries mentioned above but are curious about W3C, we’d also love to have a conversation with you. The best way to schedule that is to send an e-mail to abird@w3.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona and working together to help the Web reach its Full Potential!

The article Tagging text with no languagewas updated to correct that statement that lang=”” is not appropriate for HTML. This was introduced with HTML5.

In addition, various editorial changes were made and the page was reorganized, moving the information about XHTML and XML schema considerations to a new advanced section.

The LIDER project is co-organizing the 4th Workshop on the Multilingual Semantic Web, 1st June 2015, Portoroz, Slovenia, co-located with the 12th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2015).

This workshop series is concerned with research questions on how current Semantic Web infrastructure can and should be extended to advance the Semantic Web and linked data use and development across language communities around the world.

The call for participation provides further information. Deadline for submissionsis 15 March 2015.

We are please to announce that Paige Williams, Director of Global Readiness, Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, will deliver the keynote at the 8th Multilingual Web Workshop, “Data, content and services for the Multilingual Web,” in Riga, Latvia (29 April 2015).

Paige spent 10 years managing internationalization of Microsoft.com, before joining the Trustworthy Computing organization in 2005. In TwC, Paige oversees compliance of company policy for geographic, country-region and cultural requirements, establishing a new center of excellence for market and world readiness, globalization/localizability, and language programs, tools, resources and external community forums to reach markets across the world with the right local experience.

The Multilingual Web Workshop series brings together participants interested in the best practices, new technologies, and standards needed to help content creators, localizers, language tools developers, and others address the new opportunities and challenges of the multilingual Web. It will provide for networking across communities and building connections.

Registration for the Workshop is free, and early registrationis recommended since space at the Workshop is limited.

The workshop will be part of the Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market. We are organizing the workshop as part of the Riga Summit to strengthen the European related community at large. Depending on the number of submissions to the MultilingualWeb workshop we also may suggest to move presentations to other days of the summit. For these reasons we highly recommend you to attend the whole Riga Summit!

There is still opportunity for individuals to submit proposals to speak at the workshop. Ideal proposals will highlight emerging challenges or novel solutions for reaching out to a global, multilingual audience. The deadline for speaker proposals is March 8, but early submission is strongly encouraged. See the Call for Participationfor more details.

This workshop is made possible by the generous support of the LIDERproject.

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of CSS Counter Styles Level 3. It adds new built-in counter styles to those defined in CSS 2.1, but, more importantly, it also allows authors to define custom styles for list markers, numbered headings and other types of generated content.

At the same time, the Internationalization Working Group has updated their Working Draft of Predefined Counter Styles, which provides custom rules for over a hundred counter styles in use around the world. It serves both as a ready-to-use set of styles to copy into your own style sheets, and also as a set of worked examples.

A deliverable of the HTML5Apps project, the January 2015 edition of the W3C Standards for Web Applications on Mobile includes a few changes and additions since October 2014. Notably, the document has been re-organized around the categories defined as Application Foundations , a set of high-level grouping of features that highlight the needs from users and developers for the next generation of Web technologies.

The other following changes in the Web platform since October 2014 are:

Published as First Public Working Draft
  • Packaging on the Web, a joint work by the Web Applications Working Group and the Technical Architecture Group describing a Web-compatible format for packaging resources together, was published as a First Public Working Draft;
  • Frame Timing, an API developed by the Web Performance Working Group to provide detailed frame-per-second data on running Web applications, was published as a First Public Working Draft;
Returned to Working Draft
  • the Resource Timing APIwhich had reached Candidate Recommendation status, had its scope expanded with a few additional properties and has thus returned to Working Draft status;
Reached Candidate Recommendation
Reached Proposed Recommendation
Reached Recommendation
Specification merged, split or abandoned
  • the Fullscreen API, previously co-developed in W3C by the Web Applications and CSS Working Groups, has been abandoned by these groups and has now fully moved to the WHATWG;
Newly tracked

This document is the 16th edition of this overview of mobile Web applications technologies. A live version of this document accepts contributions on the W3C Web and Mobile Interest Group Github repository.


Filed under: HTML5 , html5apps , Mobile , Standardization

This is the 23-30 January 2015edition of a “weekly digest of W3C news and trends” that I prepare for the W3C Membership and public-w3c-digest mailing list (publicly archived). This digest aggregates information about W3C and W3C technology from online media —a snapshot of how W3C and its work is perceived in online media.

This is the last edition for a while. I hope you have all learned useful information via this digest.

W3C and HTML5 related Twitter trends

[What was tweeted frequently, or caught my attention. Most recentfirst]

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W3C in the Press (or blogs)

10articles since the 23-Jan digest; a selection follows. You may read all articles in our Press Clippingspage.

These articles were translated into Swedish thanks to Olle Olsson, SICS.

The Web Payments Interest Group is organizing its second face-face meeting next month, on 2-4 February 2015, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Hosted by Rabobank , this meeting is bringing a wide variety of stakeholdersto help set the directions of work and define the requirements needed to influence how Web Payments evolve.

The mission of the Web Payments Interest Group, part of the Web Payments Activity, is to identify and leverage the conditions for greater uptake and wider use of Web Payments through the identification of standardization needs to increase interoperability between the different stakeholders and the different payment methods.


Filed under: html5apps , Payment , Standardization

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See also the full list of W3C Talks and Appearances.

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  • 2015-04-29 (29 APR)

    Eighth MultilingualWeb Workshop: Data, content and services for the Multilingual Web

    Riga, Latvia

    In this workshop we wish to consider a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from blogs and social networking sites, to localization of large corporate or organizational enterprises. We are particularly interested in speakers who can identify gaps in standards and best practices related to the mutilingual Web, and propose opportunities for addressing those.

  • 2015-05-18 (18 MAY) 2015-05-22 (22 MAY)

    WWW2015

    Florence, Italy

  • 2015-10-26 (26 OCT) 2015-10-30 (30 OCT)

    TPAC 2015

    Sapporo, Japan

See full list of W3C Events.