First Public Working Draft: Audiobook Profile for Web Publications

20 June 2019 | Archive

The Publishing Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Audiobook Profile for Web Publications. This profile, derived from the structure laid out in the Web Publications specification, has been developed to address a major gap in the publishing ecosystem. Unlike the ebooks industry which predominantly uses the EPUB standard, Audiobooks never developed a common specification. This has created a distribution model where content creators create many different files for their distributors or retailers, leaving users behind.

Our profile is focused on bringing a common, single manifest format to the industry. The manifest centers on providing a simple way for content creators to include identifying metadata, a reading order, and additional resources. Identifying metadata includes information like title, author, narrator, identifier, and duration. The reading order is designed to provide user agents with a single source of truth on the presentation order of the audio files, should no other user input occur. The resources section of the manifest is reserved for any additional files that are important to the content but are not part of the reading order. This can include a cover image, supplemental content like images or data, the table of contents, and synchronized media files. We hope that this specification will bring common ground to the industry, as well as pave the way for a standard way of including supplemental content, tables of contents, and accessibility in the format. We look forward to the publication of the first draft, and any feedback it will bring. Please offer your input on GitHub.

Third Patent Advisory Group for Web Payments Working Group Launched

17 June 2019 | Archive

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to specifications of the Web Payments Working Group; see the PAG charter. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements. Public comments regarding these disclosures may be sent to (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.

W3C Workshop Report: Permissions and User Consent

17 June 2019 | Archive

photo of whiteboard of brainstorming at W3C Permissions and User Consent Workshop W3C is pleased to announce a report from the W3C Workshop on Permissions and User Consent held in late 2018, in San Diego, California, USA.

This report contains a brief summary and collects highlights from the individual sessions, with links to the presentation slides. More detailed meeting minutes are also available. One of the take-aways was that some features may simply too dangerous even when gated behind permissions prompts – when we add new features to the web platform, we need to ask “should we do this (at all)”. Another outcome of the workshop was “Adding another permission? A guide”, a whitepaper for feature developers written Program Committee member Nick Doty based on the discussions at the workshop.

W3C thanks Qualcomm for hosting, the Program Committee for organizing, and all the participants for their contributions.

Upcoming: W3C Workshop on Data Models for Transportation

11 June 2019 | Archive

W3C Data Models for Transportation Workshop page banner image W3C announced today a Workshop on Data Models for Transportation, 12-13 September 2019, in Palo Alto, CA, USA. The event is hosted by Uber.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together data architects, product owners/managers, business development, corporate strategy and innovation from the various industries and sectors that will be the future of transportation.

Expected topics of discussion include:

  • Profiles, an ontology for drivers, passengers, delivery recipients.
  • Vehicle data – on-board (VSS) and in-cloud ontology (VSSo)
  • Trip information – handling addition modes of transportation besides vehicle eg rail, urban air mobility, plane and potentially for data collected while traversing the route, observations from cameras and sensors.
  • Vehicle service ledger representing repairs, replacement and aftermarket parts, tires, oil changes and other maintenance
  • Fueling and charging records to track a vehicles’ efficiency
  • Accessibility — Identifying accessibility-related considerations for ontologies, including for driver and passenger profiles, and vehicle data; as well as user interface aspects of consent and charging records; also how accessibility intersects with privacy or other considerations.
  • Privacy & consent – data considerations for the capture and representation of usage limits and consent grants.
  • metadata – A session on standards for dataset modeling, provenance, and policies for data access. relevant existing or proposed ontologies (sampling methodology, consent capture and accompanying policy language representation)
  • Anonymization and broader distribution of information for Federated Learning to improve AI behind autonomous vehicle efforts and other research
  • Business cases and need for open, inter-operable standards in transportation space

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions. Expressions of interest and position statements are due by 8 July 2019.

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