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Coralie is Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.

W3C Staff Judy Brewer is the 2018 ACM SIGACCESS Award honoree

Portrait of Judy BrewerOn 25 July the ACM has announced W3C’s Judy Brewer as the recipient of the 2018 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.

The SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies that improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. This award recognizes members of the community for long-term accomplishments or those who have made a notable impact through a significant innovation.

Judy Brewer is Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. For the past 21 years, under Judy’s leadership, WAI has developed key accessibility standards, prominent amongst which are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG), and Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA).

As part of the award, Judy has been invited to present a keynote talk at the ASSETS Conference on October 22nd. Read more about about the SIGACCESS Award, about WCAG and WAI.

Upcoming W3C Workshop on Permissions and User Consent

Man pressing button on display with padlockW3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Permissions and User Consent, September 26-27, 2018, in San Diego, California, USA. The event is hosted by Qualcomm.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together security and privacy experts, UI/UX researchers, browser vendors, mobile OS developers, API authors, Web publishers and users to address the privacy, security and usability challenges presented by a complex and overlapping variety of permissions and consent systems available for hardware sensors, device capabilities and applications on the Web.

The scope includes:

  • user consent;
  • bundling of permissions;
  • lifetime/duration of permissions;
  • permission inheritance to iframes and other embedded elements;
  • relation to same origin policy;
  • UIs and controls;
  • interaction with private browsing modes;
  • implicit permission grants;
  • progressive permission grants;
  • cross-stack permissions: how OS, browser, and web app permissions interact;
  • permission transparency;
  • relation to regulatory requirements;
  • special considerations for systems that use the browser as a pass-through
  • permissions/transparency/UI as it relates to display-less devices that connect to the Internet.

For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by August 17, 2018.

W3C launches Internationalization Initiative

Internationalization (I18n) Activity: Making the World Wide Web truly world wide!The World Wide Web Consortium today launched the Internationalization Initiative to expand core work in further internationalizing the Web. “Supporting the W3C Internationalization Initiative with funding or expertise is a vital way that our Web community creates the future of the global Web,” said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. W3C thanks Alibaba, Apple, Advanced Publishing Lab (Keio University), Monotype, and The Paciello Group who have stepped up as Founding Sponsors. Read about W3C Internationalization and its Sponsorship Program and the press release and testimonials.

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

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.

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

Mita Campus building and sakuraW3C 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 offers Diversity Scholarships

visual identity for TPAC 2018W3C announced today it was offering Diversity Scholarships. The announcement was made as part of the publication of W3C top-level diversity statistics.

The lack of diversity in tech is a longstanding issue. We would like W3C to be a model of supporting diversity. As an international organization we can see the immense value we gain from having expertise from across multiple countries and cultures. Soon 50% of the world will be on the Web. We know we will need to reflect the diversity of the whole of our world as more and more people begin to access, use and continue to create the Web in all its full potential.

During the Spring W3C Advisory Committee Meeting, a panel on diversity focused on progress we have made and how much more is required. W3C has established a modest fund for TPAC Diversity Scholarships, sponsored by W3C Members Samsung Electronics, The Paciello Group, Consensus System and Microsoft.

Applicants must be from a traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized group in the Web community, including but not limited to: persons identifying as LGBTQ, women, persons of color, and/or persons with disabilities; and be unable to attend without some financial assistance. Please submit or share with friends who qualify and might be interested, by 15 July.

If your organization or yourself wishes to become a sponsor, please e-mail us!

W3C Staff Kaz Ashimura wins TTC award for Information Communication Technology

Kaz Ashimura receives from the President of the TTC the award for Information Communication TechnologyToday June 19th, 2018, Kazuyuki Ashimura, W3C staff contact for WoT and Media and Entertainment was presented by the President of TTC the award for Information Communication Technology in Shiba, Tokyo, Japan, recognizing contributions and promotion of Web standardization in Japan.

A W3C team contact since 2005, Kaz has dedicated standardization work in W3C groups for various technical themes, promoting the viewpoint of “global standardization” and bringing Japan’s efforts to global discussions, championing issues for consideration at W3C, and contributing greatly to standardization deliberations. Read more about recent work at W3C in Media & Entertainment, Web of Things (and more).

W3C Strategic Highlights, Spring 2018

AC 2018 logoW3C released today its W3C Strategic Highlights – May 2018, a comprehensive survey of the essential work W3C conducts to achieve a Web for All, and select recent work in many areas where the Web can solve arising problems for real people.

A strong emphasis in this report is how progress in many areas demonstrates both the vitality of the W3C and the Web community. We see the maturation and further development of an incredible number of new technology coming to the Web.

This report, was prepared for the Spring W3C Advisory Committee Meeting. We invite you to read W3C CEO’s summary of the Advisory Committee Meeting.

First Public Working Note of the Web of Things Protocol Binding Templates; updated WoT drafts

The Web of Things provides layered interoperability between Things by using the WoT Interfaces and enables applications to interact with and orchestrate connected Things at Web scale. The Web of Things (WoT) Working Group has published today:

  • A First Public Working Group Note of the Web of Things (WoT) Protocol Binding Templates. This document describes the initial set of design pattern and vocabulary extensions to the WoT Thing Description. Protocol Binding Templates consist of reusable vocabulary and design pattern extensions to the WoT Thing Description format that enable an application client to interact, using a consistent interaction model, with Things that expose diverse protocols and protocol usage. See the specification to discover how to contribute to this draft.
  • An updated Working Draft of the Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description. This specification describes a formal model and common representation for a Web of Things Thing Description, which describes the metadata and interfaces of Things, where a Thing is an abstraction of a physical entity that provides interactions to and participates in the Web of Things. In addition to physical entities, Things can also represent virtual entities. A Thing Description instance can be hosted by the Thing itself or hosted externally due to Thing’s resource restrictions (e.g. limited memory space) or when a Web of Things-compatible legacy device is retrofitted with a Thing Description.
  • An updated Working Draft of the Web of Things (WoT) Scripting API. This specification describes a programming interface representing the WoT Interface that allows scripts run on a Thing to discover and consume (retrieve) other Things and to expose Things characterized by Properties, Actions and Events. Scripting is an optional “convenience” building block in WoT and it is typically used in gateways that are able to run a WoT Runtime and script management, providing a convenient way to extend WoT support to new types of endpoints and implement WoT applications like Thing Directory.

First Public Working Draft: Text Layout Requirements for the Arabic Script

illustration of the effect of base direction on the order of runs The Arabic Layout Task Force, part of the W3C Internationalization Interest Group, has published a First Public Working Draft of Text Layout Requirements for the Arabic Script. This document describes the basic requirements for Arabic script layout and text support on the Web and in eBooks. These requirements provide information for Web technologies such as CSS, HTML and digital publications about how to support users of Arabic scripts. Currently the document focuses on Standard Arabic and Persian. Public comments are welcome, please raise them as github issues.

Read how W3C Internationalization (i18n) is making the World Wide Web worldwide.