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About Coralie Mercier

Coralie is Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.

W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization

megaphoneWe are pleased to announce today that W3C is to become a public-interest non-profit organization. The design of the new legal entity has been taking several years because of the imperative to preserve the core mission of the Consortium to shepherd the web by developing open standards with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community. In the months leading to the launch of a new legal entity in January 2023, we will release further details. Please find more information in our media advisory about the original Hosted model that is being replaced and what it helped W3C accomplish in 28 years, the reasons for change and why we must preserve our standards development process, and our next steps.

W3C joins leading standards organizations and companies to coordinate interoperability standards for an open and inclusive metaverse

The Metaverse Standards Forum launched on June 21, 2022, of which the Web Consortium is a founding member, among other key actors whose focus is on leading platforms, hardware, tools, engines, users. The forum, whose membership is free, and open to any organization, brings together leading standards organizations and companies for industry-wide cooperation on interoperability standards needed to build an open and inclusive metaverse.

W3C immersive web strategist Dominique Hazaël-Massieux declared “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is joining the Metaverse Standards Forum to accelerate the coordination with other standards organizations and metaverse stakeholders in building an interoperable platform for the metaverse, in which W3C’s Immersive Web vision is set to play a critical role.

The first meetings of the Metaverse Standards Forum will start in July 2022.

Hiring: North America Business Development Lead (North America, Canada)

handshakeWe are excited to announce an immediate job opening: North America Business Development Lead.

The position is based in the USA or Canada, for remote work-from-home, as a full-time contractor with the opportunity to become an employee of W3C, Inc.

We are looking for a results-driven and dynamic Business Development Leader to drive recruiting W3C Members in the Americas, attend and present at industry events for active recruitment, and community and relationship building. The individual will join the W3C Business Development Team.

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.

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.

W3C TPAC 2022 will be a hybrid meeting

TPAC generic logoWe are able today to confirm that W3C’s annual conference, the Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meeting known as “TPAC” will be held as a hybrid meeting on 12-16 September 2022.

The main in-person hub will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Canada and we are also planning to have a hub in China to provide an in-person gathering place to support a minimum number of sessions.

Our main goal for this meeting is to ensure the safety of our onsite attendees and make sure that all the participants, whether remote or in-person, have a fruitful and valuable experience. The usual group meetings and breakout sessions will take place as well as other type of sessions. We expect registration to open early July.

We are in the process of optimizing the many aspects of the whole event in order to accommodate the hybrid format, and so will share in the coming weeks details on the agenda, the hotel rooms booking, the registration fees and the health rules.

W3C CEO letter for Web 33rd anniversary

Quote from Tim Berners-Lee: the Web is humanity connected by technology The web turned 33 last week. In March 1989, while at CERN, our Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote “Information Management: A Proposal”. Tim’s memo, which outlined the World Wide Web, was about to revolutionize communication around the globe for generations and decades to come.

W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe reflected last week on how the web became the ultimate tool of resilience for the world, as was made clear by two years of pandemic, and the critical role that W3C plays in making that happen.

Update to the Call for Prior Art — Second Screen Working Group PAG

The Second Screen Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG), launched in August 2021 in response to disclosures related to a specification of the Second Screen Working Group, has issued an Update to the Call for Prior Art to seek prior art that is available in the public domain or on terms consistent with W3C’s Royalty-Free Licensing Requirements. The update contains questions about prior art related to digital audio, digital imaging, and multimedia networking technology from the mid-2000s.

Feedback should be directed to group-secondscreen-prior-art@w3.org by 31 March 2022. For more information about the Second Screen Working Group PAG, see its home page and charter.

First Public Working Draft: MediaStreamTrack Insertable Media Processing using Streams

Diagram illustrating where Insertable Media Processing fits into the media pipeline, allowing to process video after its gets decoded and before it gets e.g. rendered; processing can be done with JavaScript, WebAssembly, WebGPU or WebNNThe Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of MediaStreamTrack Insertable Media Processing using Streams. This JavaScript API allows to process raw video, either before it gets encoded or after it gets decoded, e.g. to add effects such as background blur to real-time video.

It builds on WebCodecs to expose the bytes that a video processing program needs to operate on. An earlier version of the API is available in Chromium, with demos that illustrate its usage.

W3C invites implementations of CSS Color Adjustment Module Level 1

The CSS Working Group invites implementations of CSS Color Adjustment Module Level 1. This module introduces a model and controls over automatic color adjustment by the user agent to handle user preferences, such as “Dark Mode”, contrast adjustment, or specific desired color schemes.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

Comments are welcome as GitHub issues by 27 March 2022.