Upcoming Workshop: Digital Publication Layout and Presentation (from Manga to Magazines)

26 June 2018 | Archive

Mita Campus building and sakura W3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Digital Publication Layout and Presentation (from Manga to Magazines), September 18-19 2018, in Tokyo, Japan. The event is hosted by the Advanced Publishing Laboratory, at the historic Mita Campus of Keio University.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together experts to evaluate the current status and explore future directions of visually-rich long-form digital publications based on Web Technologies (particularly CSS, the formatting language of the Web), encompassing both fixed and dynamic layouts.

Expected topics of discussion include:

  • Advanced layout using recent and upcoming CSS innovations, particularly for mobile and other devices (CSS grid, viewport units, media queries, css-shapes, etc.)
  • “Smart transitions” for manga/comics including “Turbo Media” and other new forms
  • Analysis of proprietary platforms in comics, magazines, and other verticals
  • Comparison of image-dominated and text-dominated fixed-layout (and considerations for choosing reflowable vs. fixed representations, such as accessibility)
  • Differences between rendering of fixed-layout EPUB in dedicated EPUB reading systems and typical browser rendering of HTML-SVG-CSS, and considerations for convergence
  • Accessibility for high-design digital publications
  • Innovative and interactive high-design digital publications
  • Use of interactive features (e.g., scroll snap) of CSS for sequential art
  • Programmatic (JavaScript) vs. declarative (HTML/CSS, SVG) representations
  • Lessons learned from IDPF efforts on advanced hybrid layout and page templates
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques as applied to content production (such as inferring CSS layouts from images) and accessibility (such as inferring reading order and other accessibility characteristics)
  • Internationalization of high-design digital publications
  • Print formatting of high-design publications via CSS
  • Responsive design for long-form publications
  • Possibilities afforded by emerging Web Fonts capabilities (chromatic fonts, variable fonts, etc.)
  • Color management

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by 20 July 2018.

W3C Invites Implementations of the Timed Text Markup Language 2 (TTML2)

28 June 2018 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group invites implementations of an updated Timed Text Markup Language 2 (TTML2) Candidate Recommendation. This document specifies the Timed Text Markup Language (TTML), Version 2, also known as TTML2, in terms of a vocabulary and semantics thereof.

The Timed Text Markup Language is a content type that represents timed text media for the purpose of interchange among authoring systems. Timed text is textual information that is intrinsically or extrinsically associated with timing information.

Call for Review: Graphics-ARIA and Graphics-AAM are W3C Proposed Recommendations

26 June 2018 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published two Proposed Recommendations:

  • WAI-ARIA Graphics Module (Graphics-ARIA): Assistive technologies need semantic information about the structures and expected behaviors of a document in order to convey appropriate information to persons with disabilities. This specification defines a WAI-ARIA 1.1 [WAI-ARIA-1.1] module of core roles specific to web graphics. These semantics allow an author to express the logical structure of the graphic to assistive technologies in order improve accessibility of graphics. Assistive technologies could then enable semantic navigation and adapt styling and interactive features, to provide an optimal experience for the audience. These features complement the graphics and document structure elements defined by HTML [HTML52] and SVG [SVG2].
  • Graphics Accessibility API Mappings (Graphics-AAM): This specification defines how user agents map the WAI-ARIA Graphics Module [GRAPHICS-ARIA-1.0] markup to platform accessibility APIs. It is intended for user agent developers responsible for accessibility in their user agent so that they can support the accessibility of graphics such as that created for [SVG] or [HTML52]. The implementation of this specification in user agents enables authors to produce more accessible graphics by conveying common graphics semantics to assistive technologies. It provides Accessibility API Mapping guidance for the roles defined in the WAI-ARIA Graphics Module [GRAPHICS-ARIA-1.0].

These documents are part of the WAI-ARIA suite described in the WAI-ARIA Overview. Comments are welcome through 26 July 2018.

W3C Invites Implementations of CSS Fonts Module Level 3

26 June 2018 | Archive

The CSS Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of CSS Fonts Module Level 3. This CSS3 module describes how font properties are specified and how font resources are loaded dynamically. The contents of this specification are a consolidation of content previously divided into CSS3 Fonts and CSS3 Web Fonts modules. The description of font load events was moved into the CSS Font Loading module.

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