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W3C Workshop Report: Smart Cities

5 August 2021 | Archive

Illustration showing a night cityscape and connected pictogramsW3C is pleased to announce the report from the W3C Workshop on Smart Cities, held on 25 June 2021.

The main goal of the workshop was to improve and finalize the description of the draft Charter for a potential Smart Cities Interest Group so that we can launch the Interest Group and start further discussions on (1) interoperability for Web-based Smart City services and (2) use cases and requirements that W3C specifications need to meet to support Smart City services.

Workshop discussions:

  • Identified Smart Cities standardization stakeholders to drive the development of Web standards aligned with the real needs of Smart Cities
  • Clarified reasonable applications for Smart Cities technologies
  • Pointed out how to improve the draft Charter for the potential Smart Cities Interest Group

As a concrete next step following the workshop, W3C will finalize the draft Charter hoping to launch a Smart Cities Interest Group and start further discussion within the group.

We thank all the presenters and the participants for making this event a success.

Job: Web Accessibility Development and Operations Lead, based in Europe

29 July 2021 | Archive

We are excited to announce an open position at W3C WAI: Web Accessibility Development and Operations Lead, based in Europe.

This is an opportunity for a unique individual to work directly with the W3C & WAI communities as a development and operations lead for work on digital accessibility standards and supporting materials and approaches. For this full-time position based in Europe, we are seeking an individual with project management and operational experience as well as expertise in multiple areas of digital accessibility, to help drive development of accessible next generation digital technology standards for millions of people with disabilities around the world. Work starts on September 1, 2021.

Note:The job description was edited after its announcement, to remove the number of years of experience required, which we deemed a possible filter that might exclude a number of people, including prevent women from applying.

Call for Review: DOM Review Draft 15 June 2020 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

5 August 2021 | Archive

As part of working with the WHATWG together on HTML and DOM, W3C selected today to endorse the DOM Review Draft — Published 15 June 2020 as a W3C Proposed Recommendation. DOM defines a platform-neutral model for events, aborting activities, and node trees. We invite the community to provide feedback until 2 September 2021.

Call for Review: Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

3 August 2021 | Archive

The Decentralized Identifier Working Group has just published a Proposed Recommendation of Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0.

This document defines Decentralized identifiers (DIDs), a new type of identifier that enables verifiable, decentralized digital identity. A DID identifies any subject (e.g., a person, organization, thing, data model, abstract entity, etc.) that the controller of the DID decides that it identifies. In contrast to typical, federated identifiers, DIDs have been designed so that they may be decoupled from centralized registries, identity providers, and certificate authorities. DIDs are URIs that associate a DID subject with a DID document allowing trustable interactions associated with that subject. Each DID document can express cryptographic material, verification methods, or services, which provide a set of mechanisms enabling a DID controller to prove control of the DID.

Comments are welcome through 31 August 2021.

Working Group Note: EPUB 3 Text-to-Speech Enhancements 1.0

3 August 2021 | Archive

The EPUB 3 Working Group has just published a Working Group Note of EPUB 3 Text-to-Speech Enhancements 1.0. This document describes authoring features and reading system support for improving the voicing of EPUB 3 publications.

The EPUB Working Group of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) first defined a means of integrating the Synthetic Speech Markup Language and pronunciation lexicons in EPUB 3.0 so that EPUB Creators could improve the rendering quality of text-to-speech (TTS) playback in Reading Systems. The ability to include cascading style sheets also allowed EPUB Creators to access the in-development speech properties of the CSS Speech module. However, although there has been some authoring uptake of these technologies, support in Reading Systems has yet to materialize to a level where these technologies are considered stable. Consequently, these technologies are now published as a W3C Working Group Note.

First Public Working Drafts: VISS version 2, Core and Transport

29 July 2021 | Archive

The Automotive Working Group has published two Public Working Drafts for VISS version 2, Core and Transport.

This specification describes a second version of VISS which has been implemented and deployed on production vehicles. It adds major new capabilities and improvements to the earlier version. The first version of VISS only supported WebSocket as a transport protocol, the second version is generalized to work across different protocols as some are better suited for different use cases. HTTP is now supported with additional protocols used within the automotive industry being evaluated for inclusion. Subscription capabilities have been improved and access control has been added.

There are two parts to this specification, Core and Transport.

  • VISS version 2 – Core describes the VISSv2 messaging layer. The companion specifications for the VISSv2 transport protocols detail the mapping of the messaging layer to selected transports. The ontologies based on the VISSv2 core specification are defined in documents for each specific domain (e.g. navigation, media, vehicle data).
  • VISS version 2-Transport describes the VISSv2 transport protocols, and the mapping of the message layer on these transports. The companion specification VISSv2 CORE describes the messaging layer.

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. (Note: being designed for people who would like to participate in our standards work or who already do, the form requires applicants to have a W3C account. Request one here.)

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.

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.

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