CSS Fonts Module Level 3 is now a W3C Recommendation

20 September 2018 | Archive

image demonstrates discretionary ligaturesThe CSS Working Group has published CSS Fonts Module Level 3 as a W3C Recommendation.This CSS Module describes how to specify fonts used in CSS, including Web Fonts downloaded on demand. It also describes how to access advanced typographic features in fonts, and how to control font loading. This specification is implemented in all modern browsers.

More information is available in the blog post: CSS Fonts 3 is a W3C Recommendation.

Call for Review: Pointer Events Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

16 October 2018 | Archive

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Pointer Events Level 2. The features in this specification extend or modify those found in Pointer Events, a W3C Recommendation that describes events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices including a mouse, pen, touchscreen, etc. For compatibility with existing mouse based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire Mouse Events for other pointer device types.

Comments are welcome through 13 November 2018.

Upcoming Workshop: Web Standardization for Graph Data

15 October 2018 | Archive

W3C announced today a Workshop on Web Standardization for Graph Data, 4-6 March 2019, in Berlin, Germany. The event is hosted by Neo4J.

This workshop brings together people with an interest in the future of standards relating to graph data, and its ever growing importance in relation to the Internet of Things, smart enterprises, smart cities, etc., open markets of services, and synergies with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML).

The scope includes:

Harmonising different perspectives on database management systems:

  • The role of annotations, e.g. spatial, temporal, provenance, data quality, trust, etc. and opportunities for extending RDF to better support them;
  • the relationship between RDF and other related approaches, e.g. Labelled Property Graphs and work by ETSI ISG CIM;
  • requirements for graph query and update languages and
  • requirements for rule languages for graph data.

Managing the silos, big data, AI and machine learning:

  • Techniques for dealing with incomplete, uncertain and inconsistent knowledge;
  • different kinds of reasoning, e.g. deductive, inductive, abductive, analogical, spatial, temporal, causal, social, and emotional and
  • challenges for Big Data, AI/ML, and enterprise knowledge-graphs.

Scalability, security, trust, APIs and vocabulary development:

  • Techniques for mapping data between vocabularies with overlapping semantics, as a basis for scaling across different communities;
  • digital signatures for RDF and Property graphs, e.g. to verify that the graph hasn’t been tampered with;
  • what’s next for remote access to data and information services;
  • whether it is timely and appropriate to standardise a JavaScript API for Linked Data and
  • how to make W3C a more attractive venue for work on vocabularies.

We aim to share experiences, use case studies, new directions and insights on what’s needed for the next generation of Web data standards.

For more information on the workshop, please see details and submission instructions, and further background information. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by 15 December 2018.

W3C Proposed Recommendations: TTML1 3rd, TTML2, TTML-IMSC1

4 October 2018 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group published the following specifications as W3C Proposed Recommendations:

The Timed Text Markup Language is a content type that represents timed text media for the purpose of interchange among authoring systems. TTML Profiles are intended to be used across subtitle and caption delivery applications worldwide, thereby simplifying interoperability, consistent rendering and conversion to other subtitling and captioning formats.

Comments are welcome through 1 November 2018.

Updated Candidate Recommendation for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2

4 October 2018 | Archive

The W3C SVG Working Group has published an updated Candidate Recommendation of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2. TThis specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 2. SVG is a language based on XML for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics. SVG content is stylable, scalable to different display resolutions, and can be viewed stand-alone, mixed with HTML content, or embedded using XML namespaces within other XML languages. SVG also supports dynamic changes; script can be used to create interactive documents, and animations can be performed using declarative animation features or by using script.

WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 and Graphics Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 are W3C Recommendations

2 October 2018 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 (Graphics-ARIA) and Graphics Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 (Graphics-AAM) as W3C Recommendations. Graphics-ARIA defines core roles specific to web graphics which allow an author to express the logical structure of the graphic to assistive technologies in order improve accessibility of graphics. Graphics-AAM defines how user agents map the WAI-ARIA Graphics Module markup to platform accessibility APIs. Assistive technologies could then enable semantic navigation and adapt styling and interactive features, to provide an optimal experience for the audience. Read about the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Upcoming Workshop: Strong Authentication and Identity

1 October 2018 | Archive

W3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Strong Authentication and Identity, December 10-11 2018, in Redmond, WA, USA. The event is hosted by Microsoft.

This workshop will look to provide an existing standards landscape, roadmap and potential future work for how strong identity and strong authentication should work on the web. A successful workshop will be how to align recent W3C specifications (WebAuthn, Verifiable Claims, Web Payments) and work that is ongoing in the W3C Credentials Community Group (DID, DIDAuth) along with IETF and ISO, as well as other existing community standards such as Open ID Connect, Oauth, SAML, etc.

The scope includes:

  • Strong Authentication: FIDO, WebAuthn, IFAA, DIDAuth, OpenID Connect
  • Strong Identity: ISO 29003, Entity Attestation Token (EAT)
  • Decentralized Identity (DID): Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technologies, Verifiable Credentials
  • Federation: OpenID Connect, SAML, DID
  • Credentials: Verifiable Credentials, JWT, JSON-LD, Entity Attestation Token (EAT)
  • Requirements: Ease of Use, Accessibility, Internationalization, Security, Privacy

For more information on the workshop, please see details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by 29 October 2018.

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