XQuery and XPath Full Text 1.0; Use Cases Updated

28 January 2010 | Archive

The XML Query Working Group and the XSL Working Group have jointly published an update to the Candidate Recommendation of XQuery and XPath Full Text 1.0, and to the companion Use Cases. The former defines the syntax and formal semantics of XQuery and XPath Full Text 1.0 which is a language that extends XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 with full-text search capabilities. Learn more about the XML Activity.

Method for Writing Testable Conformance Requirements Published as Working Group Note

28 January 2010 | Archive

The Mobile Web Initiative Test Suites Working Group has published the First Public Working Group Note of A Method for Writing Testable Conformance Requirements. This document presents a method for writing, marking-up, and analyzing conformance requirements in technical specifications that can help other Working Groups develop better specifications more quickly. Learn more about testing-related work in W3C.

Report Examines Access Control, Privacy Issues

28 January 2010 | Archive

W3C has published a report and full minutes of the Workshop on Access Control Application Scenarios, held in Luxembourg in November 2009. Participants from 17 organizations examined the current limitations of access control, privacy enhancement, distributed handling of access control, and other challenging use cases. eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) was a focus of the Workshop, though not the exclusive topic of conversation. The report summarizes the major "takeaways" from the Workshop, related to XACML semantics, "sticky" policies, and credentials-based access control. The OASIS XACML Technical Committee is expected to take up these topics. W3C's Policy Languages Interest Group (PLING) is expected to discuss data handling policies and the matching and triggering of events in the privacy context.

W3C Seeks Feedback on Early Draft of SPARQL 1.1 Property Paths; Six SPARQL Drafts Updated

27 January 2010 | Archive

The SPARQL Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of SPARQL 1.1 Property Paths, which defines a more succinct way to write parts of basic graph patterns and also extend matching of triple pattern to arbitrary length paths. The group also published six updates, listed below. The group seeks feedback on open issues in particular. Learn more about the Semantic Web.

UK Government Launches Open Data Site

26 January 2010 | Archive

The UK Government has unveiled its open data website,, developed with the help of Tim Berners-Lee (W3C Director) and John Sheridan (Linked Data Lead for and co-Chair of the W3C eGovernment Interest Group). Like in the United States, the UK site reflects a growing awareness inside and outside of government that standards-based open data is a key enabler of government services and a building block for new information services across government and industry. Additionally, this new site showcases Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies. Learn more about Publishing Open Government Data and eGovernment at W3C.

Uniform Messaging Policy, Level One Draft Published

26 January 2010 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Uniform Messaging Policy, Level One. The Uniform Messaging Policy (UMP) enables cross-site messaging that avoids Cross-Site-Request-Forgery and similar attacks that abuse HTTP cookies and other credentials. For example, content from can safely specify requests to resources determined by Rather than restricting information retrieval to a single origin, as the Same Origin Policy almost does, the Uniform Messaging Policy supports origin independent messaging. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

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