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W3C re-energizes process for agile Web standardization and earlier Royalty-Free protection

15 September 2020 | Archive

megaphoneThe 15 September 2020 W3C Process Document and 15 September 2020 W3C Patent Policy take effect today. At a time when the Web is increasingly essential with the world going more and more virtual, these updates increase the Web Consortium’s responsiveness and strengthen standardization activities by adding a continuous standard development mode and earlier Royalty-Free protection for implementers, among other changes. Please read more in our press release.

Of the changes to the W3C Process Document, the most anticipated ones offer a real boost in helping the Web serve the community:

  • streamlined community review and review for integrity (Horizontal review to ensure accessibility, internationalization, privacy, and security);
  • flexibility for multiple work modes, including stability of referenced versions and reflection of the current status in the technical reports list;
  • a continuous development mode that enables specifications to reflect rapidly developing technology –including a living standard approach as a native capability of the W3C Recommendation Track.

These critical improvements required an important change to the W3C Patent Policy –the first major update to this groundbreaking document since its introduction to the world in 2005– to provide patent protection at earlier Candidate phases, supporting unencumbered implementation and use even as specifications continue to evolve. This change helps to de-risk Web experimentation and reinforce access to the Web’s technology as common infrastructure.

The documents were developed by the W3C Advisory Board, the public Revising W3C Process Community Group and the Patents and Standards Interest Group (PSIG). Comments and feedback on the new Process Document may be sent as issues in the public GitHub Repository.

W3C opens Diversity Fund applications for TPAC 2020

9 September 2020 | Archive

TPAC 2020 logoTPAC registration just opened and we are opening applications for the Diversity Fund. We believe that more diversity means better representation, which leads to better and more inclusive design. We believe that more background, more use cases, more edge cases, lead to a better Web. More diversity also brings higher quality results. Our CEO blogged last June, giving the 2020 update on Diversity and Inclusion at W3C.

W3C has established again a TPAC Diversity Fund, sponsored by W3C Members Adobe, Samsung Electronics, Coil, Littleguy SL, Microsoft, TetraLogical, Siteimprove; and one anonymous individual sponsor. This year, for the first time W3C itself is contributing toward that Fund and we expect to continue contributing in subsequent years. It is a decision that W3C Management took last November. W3C is contributing $5,000 toward the 2020 Diversity Fund.

Diversity Fund applicants must be from a group that is under-represented in the Web community, and unable to participate in TPAC without financial help. A W3C account is required to proceed (request an account if you haven’t got one already). The application form has further information notably on what “under-represented” means, and applications are due by 27 September 2020 for determination on 5 October 2020.

Updated Candidate Recommendation: WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between Browsers

25 August 2020 | Archive

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group invites implementation of an updated Candidate Recommendation of WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between Browsers. This document defines a set of ECMAScript APIs in WebIDL to allow media to be sent to and received from another browser or device implementing the appropriate set of real-time protocols. This specification is being developed in conjunction with a protocol specification developed by the IETF RTCWEB group and an API specification to get access to local media devices. Comments are welcome by 24 September 2020.

W3C Invites Implementations of CSS Grid Layout Module Level 1 and Level 2

18 August 2020 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of CSS Grid Layout Module Level 2 and an updated Candidate Recommendation of CSS Grid Layout Module Level 1. This CSS module defines a two-dimensional grid-based layout system, optimized for user interface design. In the grid layout model, the children of a grid container can be positioned into arbitrary slots in a predefined flexible or fixed-size layout grid. Level 2 expands Grid by adding “subgrid” capabilities for nested grids to participate in the sizing of their parent grids. Comments are welcome by 18 October 2020.

For Wide Review: WCAG 2.2

11 August 2020 | Archive

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 for wide review. This version has 9 new accessibility requirements (“success criteria”) since WCAG 2.1. The new success criteria address user needs of people with cognitive or learning disabilities, users of mobile devices, and users of ebooks. We want to hear from users, authors, tool developers, policy makers, and others about benefits from the new proposed success criteria, as well as how achievable you feel it is to conform to the new success criteria. Additional information is in the blog post Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 Draft for Review. Please submit comments by 18 September 2020.

Updated W3C Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC)

17 July 2020 | Archive

W3C today adopted a new Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC), developed by the Positive Work Environment Community Group. W3C’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct defines accepted and acceptable behaviors and promotes high standards of professional practice. The goals of this code are to:

  • Define acceptable and expected standards of behavior.
  • Provide a benchmark.
  • Ensure transparency in community and group management.
  • Ensure an environment where people can participate without fear of harassment.
  • Contribute to the identity of the organization.

This document supersedes the 2015 CEPC. Education and training materials are available from the Positive Work Environment public homepage.

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