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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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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 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.

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:

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  • 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

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

As the Open Web Platform expands, and apps are developed that access various sensitive resources, new ways of managing permissions to access these resources are likely to arise. The newly formed W3C Trust & Permissions Community Group will explore and evaluate such ways based upon experience with native and hybrid platforms, and drawing upon research studies. This follows on from the Paris meeting on trust and permissionsheld on 3-4 September 2014.

Resources vary in sensitivity and timeliness, e.g. when and to whom a password should be disclosed is quite different from when access to the user’s webcam should be granted. Similarly, modes of obtaining user permission vary, including asking users upfront for permission when an app is installed or first run (exemplified in Android and Windows) or asking users for permission when the application is attempting to use a given capability (exemplified in iOS) and permission can even be obtained after the fact by inviting the user to continue or to cancel an action after it has occurred, i.e. asking for forgiveness rather than permission. In some cases, the user’s actions can be taken as implicitly granting permission, such as the Windows file chooser dialog. A further approach is for users to delegate decisions on permissions to a trusted 3rd party.

The goal of this CG is to develop and articulate best practices for which modes of obtaining permission best match which resource types, and make these best practices available to both platform developers (browser and operating system vendors) and app developers. Ideally the APIs offered to apps to obtain permission to access resources should be consistent across platforms, while allowing platforms the flexibility to present a user experience that meets each platform’s needs.

The scope of this Community Group is limited to discussion and guidance on best practices, to review draft APIs from individual WG’s, and pre-standardisation work on promising ideas for better user experience obtaining permission, including trusted UI and trust delegation per Roesner et al. Work on best practices will focus on the kinds of resources that need protection, the enumeration of good ways to obtain user permission, to dis-recommend permission models that are known to be problematic, and to recommend the preferred user experience for a given kind of resource. The main focus is on the Open Web Platform, but packaged apps are not excluded.

W3C Community Groups are open to anyone to join, free of charge. If you have expertise in regard to handling trust and permissions for applications, you will be very welcome as a new member of the Trust & Permissions CG.


Filed under: html5apps

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.

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