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First Public Working Draft: Verifiable Credentials Data Model v2.0

The Verifiable Credentials Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft today for the Verifiable Credentials Data Model v2.0. This specification provides a mechanism to express credentials (driving license, university degree, vaccination documents, etc.) on the Web in a way that is cryptographically secure, privacy respecting, and machine-verifiable.

This First Public Working Group Draft is, essentially, identical to the Verifiable Credentials Data Model v1.1 Recommendation, published by the Working Group in March 2022. It is a starting point for the development of what will become the next major revision of the technology.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

First Public Working Draft: Payment Request API 1.1

The Web Payments Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Payment Request API 1.1. This specification standardizes an API to allow merchants (i.e. web sites selling physical or digital goods) to utilize one or more payment methods with minimal integration. User agents (e.g., browsers) facilitate the payment flow between merchant and user. The 1.1 version makes some clarifications about how to process optional data to payment request, and adds the ability to pass optional data when a payment response calls .complete().

W3C calls for nominations in the election for the Board of Directors of W3C, Inc.

handshakeW3C today called for nominations by W3C Members for people to stand for election in the Board of Directors of W3C, Incorporated. The election is scheduled to begin in a month.

W3C Members will compose a majority of the voting seats of the Board of Directors, to bring a diverse multi-stakeholder perspective from the W3C Membership. The Board of Directors Job Description has more details.

Nominations are listed publicly, as they are made.

Working Group Note: MathML Media-type Declarations

The Math Working Group has published MathML Media-type Declarations as a Group Note. Internet Media Types are used in email, HTTP and other places to indicate the format of documents. This Note contains media types for MathML. They were previously published as part of the MathML3 specification. The Note serves to give them a separate, stable address, as the MathML version 3 specification is replaced by version 4 and possibly other versions after that.

Working Group Note: Accessibility of Remote Meetings

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published Accessibility of Remote Meetings as a Group Note. It is a companion to the W3C resource: How to Make Your Presentations and Meetings Accessible to All. Remote meeting is an umbrella term used to describe real-time discussions or presentations held between two or more parties online. The issues faced by people with disabilities will vary depending on the implementation of accessibility requirements and current limitations of remote meeting software. While W3C has applicable guidance across several standards and Notes relating to real-time communication and XR, it is this level of complexity that this document endeavors to address. For more information, see the blog post Accessibility of Remote Meetings Published as W3C Group Note.

Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0 is a W3C Recommendation

megaphoneThe Decentralized Identifier Working Group has published Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0 as a W3C Recommendation.

This document defines Decentralized identifiers (DIDs), a new type of identifier that enables verifiable, decentralized digital identity. A DID identifies any subject (e.g., a person, organization, thing, data model, abstract entity, etc.) that the controller of the DID decides that it identifies. In contrast to typical, federated identifiers, DIDs have been designed so that they may be decoupled from centralized registries, identity providers, and certificate authorities. DIDs are URIs that associate a DID subject with a DID document allowing trustable interactions associated with that subject. Each DID document can express cryptographic material, verification methods, or services, which provide a set of mechanisms enabling a DID controller to prove control of the DID. Please read our Press Release to learn more about this tool to empower everyone on the web with privacy-respecting online identity and consent-based data sharing.

W3C offers an Inclusion Fund and Fellowships for TPAC 2022

TPAC generic logoAs 60% of the world is now online, we want and need to reflect the diversity of the whole world as more people continue to access, use and create the web. We believe that more diversity means better representation, which leads to better and more inclusive design. More diversity also brings higher quality results.

We are opening today the W3C TPAC Inclusion Fund & Honorarium Fellowships applications, until 31 July. Both offerings are designed for people from an under-represented group who wouldn’t be able to attend or meaningfully contribute to TPAC without financial support.

We are grateful to this year’s sponsors W3C, Igalia and an anonymous donor.

You can read more about these programs on the TPAC 2022 registration page, and you can read our CEO Jeff Jaffe 2022 update on diversity and inclusion at W3C.

Authorized Translation of WCAG 2.1 in French

Screenshot showing the w3c logo and the title of the W3C WCAG 2.1 Web Content Accessibility GuidelinesThe World Wide Web Consortium published the Authorized French Translation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, Règles pour l’accessibilité des contenus Web (WCAG) 2.1. The Lead Translation Organization for this Authorized Translation was the Access42.

Translations in other languages are listed in WCAG 2 Translations. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) particularly encourages the development of Authorized Translations of WCAG 2.1 and other technical specifications to facilitate their adoption and implementation internationally. Read about the Policy for W3C Authorized Translations.