W3C Strategic Highlights, October 2021

19 October 2021 | Archive

megaphoneW3C released today to the public the October 2021 edition of the W3C Strategic Highlights. This report highlights recent work W3C Members and the public do at the Web Consortium to enhance the Web platform, work towards its growth and strength so that the web remains a tool that has and will continue to accelerate scientific cooperation and discoveries, a social means to bridge families and friends, a way to learn online and grow skills, an instrument to conduct successful business, and much more.

You will find in this semi-annual report updates in key areas that are core to the Web platform, but also how W3C meets the needs of industry and society as a whole, how the future of Web standards is determined, and the latest information on Web for all and outreach to the world.

W3C co-signs Global Encryption Day Statement

21 October 2021 | Archive

W3C today signed the Global Encryption Day Statement, in support of strong encryption, organized by the Global Encryption Coalition (of which we are members). Make the Switch on Global Encryption Day today; find events across timezones. Please, read more in the blog post published by Wendy Seltzer.

W3C TPAC 2021 Exhibition Space opens for registration

15 October 2021 | Archive

TPAC 2021W3C’s annual technical meeting, TPAC, has a unique feature this year – an Exhibition Space that is open to the public! If you’re interested in learning about solutions that you can leverage, then register to come visit us. The W3C TPAC Exhibition Hall is open from 18 – 24 October so please stop by and visit our great Sponsors – Coil, Legible, Igalia and Movement for an Open Web.

W3C and Yubico offer first online Web Authentication course for developers

14 October 2021 | Archive

W3CYubicoW3C and Yubico announced today the opening of registration for a W3Cx online education course that teaches developers how to build and incorporate modern authentication techniques into their web-based applications using W3C’s Web Authentication (WebAuthn). Both organizations collaborated to design the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Introduction to Web Authentication” to equip learners with the knowledge to replace aging password-based credentials with a secure model that incorporates strong authentication. The course to begin 30 November 2021 is free to learners who can opt-into a paid course and earn a certificate of completion. Please, read more in our joint press release.

First Public Working Draft: Accessibility of Remote Meetings

14 October 2021 | Archive

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Accessibility of Remote Meetings. Remote meeting is an umbrella term used to describe real-time discussions or presentations held between two or more parties online. The issues faced by people with disabilities will vary depending on the implementation of accessibility requirements and current limitations of remote meeting software. While W3C has applicable guidance across several standards and Notes relating to real-time communication and XR, it is this level of complexity that this document endeavours to address.

Comments are welcome through 19th November 2021.

Updated Candidate Recommendation: Media Capture and Streams

13 October 2021 | Archive

The WebRTC Working Group invites implementation of an updated Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of Media Capture and Streams. This document defines a set of JavaScript APIs that allow local media, including audio and video, to be requested from a platform.

Comments are welcome via the GitHub issues by 13 November 2021.

First Public Working Draft: Natural Language Interface Accessibility User Requirements

12 October 2021 | Archive

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Natural Language Interface Accessibility User Requirements. This document outlines various accessibility-related user needs, requirements and scenarios for natural language interfaces. These user needs should influence accessibility requirements in various related specifications, as well as the design of applications that include natural language interfaces including speech and voice input. The document discusses where work is needed in behind the scenes services, to support accessibility and user needs and associated requirements are then described.

Comments are welcome through 12th November 2021.

W3C Invites Implementations of CSS Multi-column Layout Module Level 1

12 October 2021 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published the CSS Multi-column Layout Module Level 1 as a W3C Candidate Recommendation Snapshot. This specification describes multi-column layouts in CSS, a style sheet language for the web. Using functionality described in the specification, content can be flowed into multiple columns with a gap and a rule between them.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues by 12 December 2021.

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