W3C Strategic Highlights, October 2020

5 November 2020 | Archive

megaphoneW3C released today to the public the October 2020 edition of the W3C Strategic Highlights, our semi-annual report about the tremendous work to enhance the Web platform and innovate for its growth and strength.

The comprehensive report contains updates in key areas of the Web, illustrates how W3C meets industry needs, and gives the latest information around Web for all and outreach to the world. We also invite you to read W3C CEO’s thoughts on W3C’s 20th Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meetings which just concluded last week.

First Public Working Drafts: WoT Architecture 1.1, Thing Description 1.1, Discovery, Profile

24 November 2020 | Archive

The Web of Things (WoT) Working Group has published the following four First Public Working Drafts:

  • Web of Things (WoT) Architecture 1.1 describes the abstract architecture for the W3C Web of Things based on a set of requirements derived from use cases for multiple application domains. This specification describes a superset of the features defined in the WoT Architecture 1.0 specification.
  • Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description 1.1 describes the metadata and interfaces of Things, where a Thing is an abstraction of a physical or virtual entity that provides interactions to and participates in the Web of Things. This specification describes a superset of the features defined in the WoT Thing Description 1.0 specification.
  • Web of Things (WoT) Discovery describes how to discover and obtain the Thing Description of a Thing in a distributed environment for various use cases.
  • Web of Things (WoT) Profile defines a Profiling Mechanism and a WoT Core Profile, which enables out of the box interoperability among things and devices.

Working Group Note: Web Platform Design Principles

10 November 2020 | Archive

The W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) has published a First Public Working Group Note of Web Platform Design Principles. This document contains a set of design principles to be used when designing Web Platform technologies. These principles have been collected during the Technical Architecture Group’s discussions in reviewing developing specifications. We encourage specification designers to read this document and use it as a resource when making design decisions.

Publication Manifest and Audiobooks are W3C Recommendations

10 November 2020 | Archive

The Publishing Working Group has published the following specifications as W3C Recommendations:

  • Publication Manifest defines a general manifest format for expressing information about a digital publication. It uses metadata augmented to include various structural properties about publications, serialized in JSON-LD, to enable interoperability between publishing formats while accommodating variances in the information that needs to be expressed.
  • Audiobooks describes the requirements for the creation of audiobooks, using a profile of the Publication Manifest specification.

EMVCo, FIDO Alliance, and W3C Publish Resource on How Technologies Relate

5 November 2020 | Archive

Today EMVCo, the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published How EMVCo, FIDO, and W3C Technologies Relate, which explains the roles of the three organizations’ technologies. This new educational resource informs payments industry stakeholders on the roles of EMV® Secure Remote Commerce (SRC), EMV® 3-D Secure (3DS), EMV® Payment Tokenisation, FIDO Alliance’s FIDO2 specifications, and W3C’s Web Authentication and Payment Request APIs, which may be used together to enable more secure and convenient card-based payment during an e-commerce guest checkout on the Web.

The document was published by the Web Payment Security Interest Group, a collaborative industry-led initiative focused on enhancing the interoperability of web payments.

At the Authenticate 2020 Conference on 18 November, representatives from EMVCo, the FIDO Alliance and W3C will participate in a virtual panel session to discuss the document and seek input on it from payments industry stakeholders. The conference is open and free for anyone to attend.

Read the press release for more information.

W3C Workshop Report: Web and Machine Learning

3 November 2020 | Archive

W3C Web & Machine Learning Workshop page banner image W3C is pleased to announce a report from the W3C Workshop on Web and Machine Learning, held online in August and September 2020.

This report contains a brief summary and collects highlights from the individual sessions, and links to the presentation videos. This first-ever virtual W3C workshop kicked off with the publication of 34 talks in August 2020 discussing opportunities and challenges of browser-based machine learning, web platform foundations, as well as developer’s, and user’s perspectives into machine learning technologies in the context of the web platform.

The workshop participants identified as a prime standardization opportunity the low-level primitives for machine learning inference exposed through the Web Neural Network API. This work has been incubated at a W3C Community Group since late 2018. Following the workshop, as a concrete next step, the W3C sent an advance notice of the development of a charter for a Web Machine Learning Working Group to standardize the Web Neural Network API.

The virtual workshop format was well-received and demonstrated the W3C’s ability to adapt to the changing environment that relies on online collaboration technologies in the midst of the global pandemic.

W3C thanks our sponsor, futurice, the Program Committee, and all participants for making this event possible.

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