W3C Opens Advisory Board (AB) Special Election

2 December 2022 | Archive

Logo for the W3C Advisory BoardThe W3C Advisory Committee has nominated eleven individuals, and is invited today to vote until 14 January 2023 in the special election for the W3C Advisory Board to fill four vacated seats as of January 2023.

Created in March 1998, the Advisory Board provides ongoing guidance to the W3C Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. The Advisory Board also serves the W3C Members by tracking issues raised between Advisory Committee meetings, soliciting Member comments on such issues, and proposing actions to resolve these issues. The Advisory Board manages the evolution of the Process Document. The Advisory Board hears a Submission Appeal when a Member Submission is rejected for reasons unrelated to Web architecture. For several years, the AB has conducted its work in a public wiki.

The elected Members of the Advisory Board participate as individual contributors and not representatives of their organizations. Advisory Board participants use their best judgment to find the best solutions for the Web, not just for any particular network, technology, vendor, or user.

W3C opens Technical Architecture Group (TAG) election

15 November 2022 | Archive

W3C TAG logoThe W3C Advisory Committee, having nominated seven individuals, is invited today to vote until 13 December 2022 for three seats in the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) election.

The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered under the W3C Process Document, with stewardship of the Web architecture. Some aspects of its mission include:

  • to document and build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary;
  • to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG;
  • to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

ACT Rules for accessibility evaluation tools and methodologies

7 December 2022 | Archive

The Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Task Force published new ACT Rules and implementations. ACT Rules help evaluation tools and methodologies produced accurate, consistent results. They help you test accessibility standards more reliably. Learn more About ACT Rules. We encourage evaluation tools and methodologies to implement the individual ACT Rules and to share your implementation report on the W3C website. Learn about submitting an implementation of ACT Rules.

Updated Candidate Recommendation: CSS Values and Units Module Level 3

1 December 2022 | Archive

The CSS Working Group invites implementation of an updated Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of CSS Values and Units Module Level 3. This CSS module describes the common values and units that CSS properties accept and the syntax used for describing them in CSS property definitions.

Comments are welcome via the GitHub issues by 31 January 2023.

First Public Working Draft: RDF Dataset Canonicalization

24 November 2022 | Archive

The RDF Dataset Canonicalization and Hash Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of RDF Dataset Canonicalization.This document describes an algorithm for canonicalizing RDF datasets, based on a final CG report from the Credentials Community Group. This provides a foundation for comparing the differences between RDF datasets, digitally signing them, or generating short identifiers for them via hashing algorithms.

CSS Snapshot 2022 Draft Note Published

23 November 2022 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a first public Draft Note of CSS Snapshot 2022. This document collects together into one definition all the specs that together form the current state of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as of 2022. The primary audience is CSS implementers, not CSS authors, as this definition includes modules by specification stability, not Web browser adoption rate.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

W3C Invites Implementations of Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.2

22 November 2022 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group invites implementations of the Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.2. This document describes how user agents should expose semantics of web content languages to accessibility APIs. This helps users with disabilities to obtain and interact with information using assistive technologies. Documenting these mappings promotes interoperable exposure of roles, states, properties, and events implemented by accessibility APIs and helps to ensure that this information appears in a manner consistent with author intent.

Upcoming: W3C Workshop on Permissions

12 October 2022 | Archive

W3C announced today a Workshop on Permissions, 5–6 December 2022, in Munich, Germany. The event is hosted by Google.

The W3C Workshop on Permissions brings together security and privacy experts, UI/UX designers and researchers, browser vendors, OS developers, API authors, web publishers and users. We aim to address the privacy, security and usability challenges involved in controlling access to an increasingly powerful set of capabilities on the Web and other platforms.

The scope includes:

  • user concerns and preferences, including those of vulnerable individuals and communities;
  • better alignment of permission lifetime/duration with user tasks;
  • risks and benefits of human-centric grouping/categorization of permissions and applications;
  • challenges with novel capabilities;
  • capability abuse threat models and mitigations;
  • scoping of permissions to origins vs. applications, relation to same origin policy;
  • UIs and controls;
  • integrated permission control surfaces tailored to the capability itself;
  • permission transparency, accountability, and control; and
  • balancing well-specified permissions UX in standards with the ability for implementers to meet the future user and product requirements.

We aim to share experiences and user studies, leading to common understanding of how to ensure user comprehension and control of powerful capabilities while managing cognitive load.

Attendance is free for all invited participants and is open to the public, whether or not W3C members.

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions.

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