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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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Language Tags and Locale Identifiers for the World Wide Webdescribes the best practices for identifying or selecting the language of content as well as the the locale preferences used to process or display data values and other information on the Web. It describes how document formats, specifications, and implementations should handle language tags, as well as extensions to language tags that describe the cultural or linguistic preferences referred to in internationalization as a “locale”.

Changes in this update include the following: All references to RFC3066bis were updated to BCP 47 or to RFC5646 or RFC 4647 as appropriate.References to HTML were changed to point to HTML5. Imported and rewrote the text formerly containing in Web Services Internationalization Usage Scenarios defining internationalization, locale, and other important terms. Modified and reorganized the other sections of this document. Moved the Web services materials to an appendix.

The W3C Web Payments Interest Group has just published a set of Web Payments Use Cases(v1.0) as W3C First Public Working Draft (FPWD).

The interest group, formed in October 2014 thanks to the work initiated by the HTML5Apps project, developed these use cases to help establish a standards’ roadmap to make Web payments easier, more secure, and more interoperable across merchants, banks, platforms, and devices.

The Interest Group is now seeking wide review of this draft, by W3C groups and Members, industry standards bodies, and other stakeholders.

The Web Payments Interest Group, which goals are documented in this wiki page,is constituted by 35 organizations, including:

  • Banks: Rabobank, Groupe BPCE, US Federal Reserve Bank
  • Card association: Visa Europe
  • Payment solution providers: Worldpay, Google, Alibaba, Paygate, Yandex, Ripple Labs, Standard Treasury, SHIFTMobility, Shimply, Digital Bazaar, Verisign
  • Hardware providers: Gemalto, IBM, Intel
  • Browser makers: Opera, Google, Tencent
  • Mobile operators: Orange, Deutsche Telekom, GSMA, AT&T, SK Telekom
  • Merchants and associations: NACS, Bloomberg, Merchant Advisory Group (including Walmart), Target, FSTC

If your organization belongs to one these above categories, and is  interested by the work, please join the groupnow!


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See the program . The keynote speaker will be Page Williams, Director of Global Readiness, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft. She is followed by a strong line up in sessions entitled Developers and Creators, Localizers, Machines, and Users, including speakers from Microsoft, the European Parliament, the UN FAO, Intel, Verisign, and many more. The workshop is made possible with the generous support of the  LIDER project.

Participation in the event is free. Please register via the  Riga Summit for the Multilingual Digital Single Market site.

The MultilingualWeb workshops, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the W3C, look at best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing and deploying the multilingual Web. The workshops are successful because they attract a wide range of participants, from fields such as localization, language technology, browser development, content authoring and tool development, etc., to create a holistic view of the interoperability needs of the multilingual Web.

We look forward to seeing you in Riga!

The Unicode® Consortium announced the start of the beta review for Unicode 8.0.0, which is scheduled for release in June, 2015. All beta feedback must be submitted by April 27, 2015.

Unicode 8.0.0 comprises several changes which require careful migration in implementations, including the conversion of Cherokee to a bicameral script, a different encoding model for New Tai Lue, and additional character repertoire. Implementers need to change code and check assumptions regarding case mappings, New Tai Lue syllables, Han character ranges, and confusables. Character additions in Unicode 8.0.0 include emoji symbol modifiers for implementing skin tone diversity, other emoji symbols, a large collection of CJK unified ideographs, a new currency sign for the Georgian lari, and six new scripts. For more information on emoji in Unicode 8.0.0, see the associated draft Unicode Emoji report.

Please review the documentation, adjust code, test the data files, and report errors and other issues to the Unicode Consortium by April 27, 2015. Feedback instructions are on the beta page.

See more information about testing the 8.0.0 beta. See the current draft summaryof Unicode 8.0.0.

The HTML5Apps/W3C team is present at the Mobile World Congress 2015. Dominique Hazaël-Massieux is on-site at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, from Monday 2 through Thursday 5 March 2015.

The past year has seen significant milestones in W3C with the highlight being that HTML5 became a Web standard in late October of 2014. As a cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, HTML5 and other standards for Web applications on mobilecontinue to have a strong impact on a whole range of industries sectors, including payments, automotive and mobile (security).

Just two weeks ago, the Vibration API reached the W3C recommendation status, which demonstrates that more and more Web apps get abilities of native smartphone software.

Contact usif you would like to discuss about the future of HTML5 applications while we’re at the Mobile World Congress. We are looking to working all together to close the gaps!


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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:

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.


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