Web of Devices

W3C is focusing on technologies to enable Web access anywhere, anytime, using any device. This includes Web access from mobile phones and other mobile devices as well as use of Web technology in consumer electronics, printers, interactive television, and even automobiles.

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W3C promotes “One Web” that is available on any device. W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative helps ensure the best user experience on mobile devices, taking into account device capabilities, location, and other context information.

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The W3C Speech Interface Framework is a suite of specifications (e.g. VoiceXML) integrating Web technology and speech interaction. VoiceXML, PLS, SISR, SRGS, SCXML, and CCXML all contribute to the Speech Interface Framework.

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Devices come in many shapes, capabilities and sizes which define constraints on the content these devices can handle. Device descriptions, content transformation guidelines, device APIs and CC/PP help developers to optimize the user experience.

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Increasingly, interactions with devices doesn’t only happen with a keyboard, but also through voice, touch and gestures. The W3C Multimodal architecture and its components (EMMA, InkML) allow developers to adapt applications to new interaction modes.

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With the advent of IP-based devices, connected TVs are progressing at a fast pace and traditional TV broadcasting is quickly evolving into a more immersive experience where users can interact with rich applications that are at least partly based on Web technologies. There is strong growth in the deployment of devices that integrate regular Web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and SVG, coupled with various device APIs.

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W3C announced today the 8th MultilingualWeb workshop in a series of eventsexploring the mechanisms and processes needed to ensure that the World Wide Web lives up to its potential around the world and across barriers of language and culture.

This workshop will be held 29 April 2015in Riga, Latvia, and is made possible by the generous support of the LIDER project . The workshop is part of the Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market(27-29 April)

Anyone may attend all sessions at no charge and the W3C welcomes participation by both speakers and non-speaking attendees. Early registration is encouraged due to limited space.

Building on the success of seven highly regarded previous workshops, this workshop will emphasize new technology developments that lead to new opportunities for the Multilingual Web. The workshop brings together participants interested in the best practices and standards needed to help content creators, localizers, language tools developers, and others meet the challenges of the multilingual Web. It provides further opportunities for networking across communities. We are particularly interested in speakers who can demonstrate novel solutions for reaching out to a global, multilingual audience.

See the Call for Participation and register online.

The W3C Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Indic Layout Requirements on behalf of the Indic Layout Task Force , part of the W3C Internationalization Interest Group.

This document describes the basic requirements for Indic script layout and text support on the Web and in eBooks. These requirements provide information for Web technologies such as CSS, HTML and SVG about how to support users of Indic scripts. The current document focuses on Devanagari, but there are plans to widen the scope to encompass additional Indian scripts as time goes on.

Publication as a First Public Working Draft, signals the beginning of the process, rather than an end point. We are now looking for comments on the document. Please send any comments you have to public-i18n-indic@w3.org . The archive is public, but you need to subscribeto post to it.

This is the 28 November – 5 December 2014edition 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.

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4articles since the last Digest; a selection follows. You may read all articles in our Press Clippingspage.

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A deliverable of the HTML5Apps project, the October 2014 edition of the W3C Standards for Web Applications on Mobileincludes changes and additions since July 2014, notably emerging work such as:

  • the Second Screen Presentation Working Group API to request display of content on an external screen,
  • a draft API from the Web Bluetooth Community Group,
  • Device APIs Working Group work on a generic pattern for sensors APIs,
  • as well as work on an API to manage permissions across other APIs.

This document is the 15th 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

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28 October 2014

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HTML5 logo The W3C HTML5Apps team is very proud to relay the good news that HTML5 reached the W3C Web standard status today!

HTML5 defines the fifth major revision of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the format used to build Web pages and applications, and the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform.

Today we think nothing of watching video and audio natively in the browser, and nothing of running a browser on a phone,” said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and Web inventor. “ We expect to be able to share photos, shop, read the news, and look up information anywhere, on any device. Though they remain invisible to most users, HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are driving these growing user expectations.

HTML5 brings to the Web video and audio tracks without needing plugins; programmatic access to a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which is useful for rendering graphs, game graphics, or other visual images on the fly; native support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) and math (MathML); annotations important for East Asian typography (Ruby); features to enable accessibility of rich applications; and much more.

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Web standards for the future

For news on what’s next after HTML5, see W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe’s blog post on “ Application Foundations for the Open Web Platform”.

Find out in less than 2 minutes why Web Standards for the future are important by watching the  Web standards for the futurevideo.

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15 October 2014

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HTML5Apps/W3C announced today a new Web Payments Initiativeto integrate payments seamlessly into the Open Web Platform.

W3C calls upon all industry stakeholders–banks, credit card companies, governments, mobile network operators, payment solution providers, technology companies, retailers, and content creators– to join the new Payments Interest Groupand leverage the unique ability of the Web to bridge ecosystem diversity and reach users everywhere, on any device.

The result will be new business opportunities, an improved user experience for online transactions, reduced fraud, and increased interoperability among traditional solutions and future payment innovations.

Read the full press release ( in English and in French ) including testimonials from W3C MembersBloomberg, Gemalto, GRIN Technologies, Ingenico Group, NACS, Rabobank, and Yandex.

Filed under: html5apps , Payment , Standardization

This is the 3-10 October 2014edition 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.

W3C and HTML5 related Twitter trends

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Open Web & net neutrality

W3C in the Press (or blogs)

22articles since the last Digest; a selection follows. You may read all articles in our Press Clippingspage.

The Encoding specificationhas been published as a Candidate Recommendation. This is a snapshot of the WHATWG document, as of 4 September 2014, published after discussion with the WHATWG editors. No changes have been made in the body of this document other than to align with W3C house styles. The primary reason that W3C is publishing this document is so that HTML5 and other specifications may normatively refer to a stable W3C Recommendation.

Going forward, the Internationalization Working Group expects to receive more comments in the form of implementation feedback and test cases. The Working Group
believes it will have satisfied its implementation criteria no earlier than 16 March 2015. If you would like to contribute test cases or information about implementations, please send mail to www-international@w3.org.

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.


17 September 2014

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The W3C HTML Working Group , responsible for the HTML5 specification’s progress, has published a Proposed Recommendation of HTML5(on 16 September 2014). This specification is intended to become a W3C Recommendation (or Web standard).

The W3C Membership and other interested parties are invited to review the document and send comments to public-html@w3.org ( archives) through 14 October 2014.

Learn more about the HTML Activity.

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A meetingwas held in Paris on 3-4 September 2014 to bring together browser vendors and other stakeholders to discuss next steps for work on trust and permissions for the Open Web Platform, based upon insights gained from experience with native app platforms, hybrid and proprietary Web platforms.

Meeting participants included Apple, Ericsson, ETRI, Gemalto, GM, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Mobile, and Qualcomm.  We reviewed how permissions are handled in existing platforms, including current APIs in the Open Web Platform,  as well as for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Chrome Apps, Firefox OS and GM’s Web platform for automotive.

We then looked at what can be learned from research studies. Adrienne Porter Felt introduced her work towards comprehensive and effective permission systems. This includes a diagram depicting a decision graph for determining the most effective permission grant mechanism in any given context.

Permissions mechanismsWe also heard about the role of trusted UI where user actions implicitly grant permissions in an intuitive way. We continued with discussion of which considerations are important for the Open Web Platform and a review of a draft permissions testing API from Google.

The final session considered plans for future work, identifying areas of rough consensus, and areas where further work is needed to close the gap.  We identified suggestions for existing W3C groups, and a proposal for a new Community Group to focus on best practices. For more details, see the meeting minutes and the plans for future work. We gratefully acknowledge Gemalto for hosting this meeting.

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