W3C Strategic Highlights, April 2021

30 April 2021 | Archive

megaphoneToday W3C released to the public the April 2021 edition of our W3C Strategic Highlights which documents the tremendous work to enhance, grow and strengthen the Web platform, and how the Web Consortium meets the needs of industry and society as a whole.

At the same time, as we celebrate the anniversary of the release of the World Wide Web into the public domain on 30 April 1993 by CERN, our CEO Jeff Jaffe has published his reflections on the centrality of the Web Consortium as the Web has been accelerating to meet society’s needs, and on the importance of the Web infrastructure in the modern world.

Human civilization is at an extraordinary juncture. The Web Consortium is in an incredible position to host the open forum where diverse voices from different parts of the world come together to incubate and build the global standards for the Web in the 25 years to come.

Upcoming: W3C Workshop on Smart Cities

9 April 2021 | Archive

Illustration showing a night cityscape and connected pictograms W3C announced today the W3C Workshop on Smart Cities, which is being organized as a virtual event on 25 June 2021.

The goals of the workshop are:

  • Identify stakeholders of Smart Cities standardization to drive the development of Web standards aligned with the real needs of Smart Cities
  • Clarify reasonable applications for Smart Cities technologies we agree to build
  • and then see how to improve the draft Charter for the potential Smart Cities Interest Group for further discussions within that IG

Possible topics for the workshop may include:

  • Summary of the current status of Smart Cities
  • Needs for Web-based Smart Cities of the stakeholders including the users, the developers and the governments
  • Cross-cutting issues for integration of multiple sub-systems

The event will be organized as a combination of pre-recorded talks followed by a series of live sessions on 25 June. The event is free and open to anyone with relevant perspectives on the topic to register for the event. For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details.

Deadline to submit a proposal for a talk is 30 April 2021, and registration is open through 18 June.

Call for Review: Web Audio API is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

6 May 2021 | Archive

The Web Audio Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Web Audio API. This specification describes a high-level Web API for processing and synthesizing audio in web applications. The primary paradigm is of an audio routing graph, where a number of AudioNode objects are connected together to define the overall audio rendering. The actual processing will primarily take place in the underlying implementation (typically optimized Assembly / C / C++ code), but direct script processing and synthesis is also supported.

Comments are welcome through 3 June 2021.

W3C opens Advisory Board (AB) election

4 May 2021 | Archive

Logo for the W3C Advisory BoardThe W3C Advisory Committee has nominated seven individuals, and is invited today to vote until 2 June 2021 for six seats in the W3C Advisory Board (AB) election. Please, read the statements of the nominees.

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 appeals of Member Submission requests that are 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.

First Public Working Draft of WebTransport

4 May 2021 | Archive

The WebTransport Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of WebTransport. This specification defines a set of ECMAScript APIs in WebIDL to allow data to be sent and received between a browser and server, and is being developed in conjunction with a protocol specification developed by the IETF WEBTRANS Working Group.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

Working Group Note: Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities

30 April 2021 | Archive

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) and the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group have published the Working Group Note “Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities” from the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (COGA). This document helps make web content, including applications, meet the needs of people with cognitive and learning disabilities. It covers aims and objectives for usable content; design patterns (ways) to make content usable; including users in research, design, and testing activities; personas; and user needs. The document provides informative "supplemental guidance" beyond the requirements of WCAG 2. It is not required for conformance to WCAG. We welcome comments for the next version of this document. To learn about W3C work on accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities, see: Cognitive Accessibility at W3C.

EMVCo, FIDO Alliance, and W3C Renew Commitment to Enhance Security and Interoperability of Web Payments

19 April 2021 | Archive

The FIDO Alliance, EMVCo, and W3C announced today the renewal of the Web Payment Security Interest Group, to continue to enhance the security and interoperability of various Web payments technologies. The group participants will continue to define areas of collaboration and identify gaps between existing technical specifications in order to increase compatibility among different technologies.

See the Web Payment Security Interest Group Charter for more information, and read more in the EMV® Insights Post.

A calendaring tool is now available for W3C groups

16 March 2021 | Archive

screenshot of a detail of a group eventToday we announced the Beta of a group calendaring service, developed by the W3C Systems Team. The tool aims to help W3C Groups schedule their meetings and share them with the W3C community. A new “Calendar” tab is now available from our group pages, lists all upcoming meetings a given group has scheduled, and enables in particular viewing times in different time zones (including your own), exporting and subscribing to an iCal feed.

This has been a long-standing request from W3C Groups to manage calendars of events, subscribe to them as well as easily view them on the Web, thus facilitating participation in, and scheduling of group meetings. You can read more in Jean-Gui Rouel’s blog posts about the tool’s discovery phase and about functionalities and future roadmap.

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