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W3C Invites Implementations of EPUB 3.3, EPUB Reading Systems 3.3, EPUB Accessibility 1.1

The EPUB 3 Working Group invites implementations of the following three Candidate Recommendation Snapshots:

  • EPUB 3.3 defines the authoring requirements for EPUB publications and represents the third major revision of the standard.
  • EPUB Reading Systems 3.3 defines the conformance requirements for EPUB 3 reading systems — the user agents that render EPUB publications.
  • EPUB Accessibility 1.1 specifies content conformance requirements for verifying the accessibility of EPUB® Publications. It also specifies accessibility metadata requirements for the discoverability of EPUB publications.

EPUB® 3 defines a distribution and interchange format for digital publications and documents. The EPUB format provides a means of representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced web content — including HTML, CSS, SVG, and other resources — for distribution in a single-file container. A separate overview note gives a more detailed view of the specifications.

The specification represents the third major revision and, in particular, a revision of the EPUB 3.2 document published by the EPUB 3 Community Group. This new version is now on a W3C Recommendation Track. There have been only a few technical additions in the areas of internationalization, security, or core media types. The focus of the Working Group have been to align the specifications with the latest W3C specifications, current usage and practices of the publishing industry, improve the readability of the specification, align the accessibility requirement with the latest Web Accessibility standards as well as the European Accessibility Act, and to work on a comprehensive test suite to improve the interoperability of Reading Systems. Read also the detailed change logs in the documents for further details.

First Public Working Draft: Capture Handle — Bootstrapping Collaboration when Screensharing

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Capture Handle – Bootstrapping Collaboration when Screensharing. This document proposes a mechanism by which an application APP can opt-in to exposing certain information with another application CAPTR, if CAPTR is screen-capturing the tab in which APP is running. It describes a mechanism for tab capture only.

W3C Strategic Highlights, April 2022

megaphoneW3C released today to the public the April 2022 edition of the W3C Strategic Highlights.

This report summarizes recent work W3C Members and the public do at the Web Consortium to enhance the web and innovate for its growth and strength.

This semi-annual report includes comprehensive updates in key areas that are core to the web platform, how W3C meets the needs of industry and society as a whole, how the future of web standards is determined, and the latest information on web for all and outreach to the world.

Judy Brewer receives ACM award for her leadership of the Web Accessibility Initiative

Judy Brewer: a woman with dark hair, glasses, wearing a necklace and coral colored top

Judy Brewer has been recognized by the ACM  for service to the computing community through her leadership at W3C of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) work.

This work includes development of multiple web accessibility standards which have been adopted globally and have improved accessibility for millions worldwide.

Read more about the impact of W3C WAI work recognized in Brewer’s ACM service award on our Blog.

W3C opens Advisory Board (AB) election

Logo for the W3C Advisory BoardThe W3C Advisory Committee has nominated six individuals, and is invited today to vote until 1 June 2022 for five 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.

W3C receives Emmy® Award for standardizing font technology

text in black: "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences" with the golden Emmy statute on the rightmen in suits from the WOFF Working group, one holding an Emmy

W3C is delighted to be the recipient of a 2021 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its work on standardizing font technology for custom downloadable fonts and typography for web and TV devices. Representatives from W3C staff and the Web Fonts Working Group will attend the awards ceremony tonight 25 April 2022 in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

W3C is immensely honored to be recognized with our third Emmy® Award in seven years. We are proud that W3C was able to provide a space where solutions can be found and groups can together improve technology, artistry and expression for web users. Congrats to the Web Fonts Working Group for the culmination of many years of work and on this well deserved honor,” said Jeff Jaffe, CEO of W3C.

For more information about the Emmy® Award and Web Fonts, including trying them live, please see our press release.

Photo: Raph Levien, Google; Jyrki Alakuijala, Google; Chris Lilley, W3C; Alan Bird, W3C; Vladimir Levantovsky, W3C Invited Expert; Rod Sheeter, Google; David Kuettel; Garret Rieger, Google.

WebAssembly 2.0 First Public Working Drafts

The WebAssembly Working Group has published three First Public Working Drafts:

The WebAssembly Working Group maintains a list of proposals finished since the last Recommendation and monitors the progress of “in-flight” proposals.