Last call to apply for the TPAC 2021 Inclusion Fund

26 July 2021 | Archive

TPAC generic logoTo those in the world who are from a group that is under-represented in the web community, who can and want to join us in making Web standards, but would otherwise be unable to without financial help, please apply to become a beneficiary of the TPAC 2021 Inclusion Fund, by August 15.

We wish to make it easier for underrepresented communities to contribute to our important work: making the Web work, for everyone. The Web standards that we create need to reflect the diversity of the whole world. More background, more use cases, more edge cases, do eventually bring higher quality results, and lead to a more inclusive design and a better Web.

For a few years now, we have developed methods to improve diversity at the World Wide Web Consortium. One such means is to be in a position to welcome more contributors at our annual conference: TPAC (“Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee”). Because during that event, the W3C work groups gather, network, and work to resolve challenging technical or social issues, it is one of the most important rendez-vous for the Web community. We recently released a short video introducing TPAC.

This year’s fund is sponsored by W3C, Adobe, Samsung Electronics, Coil, Charles Nevile, Microsoft, TetraLogical, Siteimprove, and an anonymous donor. We recognize and thank donors for this important gesture.

You may be interested in reading on the topic of diversity and inclusion at W3C. Our CEO Jeff Jaffe published a 2021 update last month.

New video introduces TPAC — our annual conference

8 July 2021 | Archive

screenshot of TPAC videoW3C released today a short video introducing our annual conference. TPAC is the acclaimed event where web standards are developed for the benefit of humanity.

Watch the video to learn how the Web community engages at this important rendez-vous, how together we create momentum, brainstorm and coordinate work, how together the Web Consortium makes the Web work, for everyone.

First Public Working Draft: Internationalization Glossary

8 July 2021 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Internationalization Glossary. This document provides definitions for various terms related to W3C internationalization.

W3C Invites Implementations of ARIA in HTML

6 July 2021 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group has published the ARIA in HTML as a W3C Candidate Recommendation Snapshot. This specification defines the authoring rules (author conformance requirements) for the use of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 and Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 attributes on [HTML] elements. This specification’s primary objective is to define requirements for use with conformance checking tools used by authors (i.e., web developers). These requirements will aid authors in their development of web content, including custom interfaces/widgets, that makes use of ARIA to complement or extend the features of the host language [HTML].

Accessibility accommodations now part of all W3C workshops

5 July 2021 | Archive

W3C announced today that as part of our growing concern for inclusion, all W3C workshops will now include the following standard accessibility accommodations:

  • English captions available on all pre recorded presentations, before the live sessions
  • Real-time English captions available during the live sessions
  • American Sign language and other services will depend on participant requests

W3C organizes Workshops to promote early involvement in the development of W3C activities from Members and the public. The goal of a workshop is usually either to convene experts and other interested parties for an exchange of ideas about a technology or policy, or to address the pressing concerns of W3C Members.

Web Audio API is a W3C Recommendation

17 June 2021 | Archive

web audio logo The Audio Working Group has published Web Audio API as a W3C Recommendation. This specification describes a high-level Web API for creating, shaping, and processing audio directly in a Web browser or in web applications.

With the API standardized and deployed as a royalty-free feature in Web browsers and other devices and platforms, both on desktop and mobile, creating sound with the Web Audio API has become a dependable, widely available, built-in capability, eliminating the need to install plugins or download separate applications. You may read more in our Press Release.

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