The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of WebRTC Encoded Transform. The goal of this work is to define an API for processing encoded media in WebRTC, for example for voice processing, background removal, dynamic control of codec parameters, etc. This document specifies an API surface for manipulating the bits on MediaStreamTracks being sent via an RTCPeerConnection.
W3C announced today the speakers and live sessions of the virtual
on Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR)
for the Web.
- HDR Introduction – Monday 13 September
- WCG: CSS Color 4 – Tuesday 14 September
- HDR: Compositing and tone mapping – Friday 17 September
- WCG & HDR: Color creation and manipulation – Monday 20 September
- WCG & HDR: Canvas, WebGL, WebGPU – Friday 24 September
The presentations are online, so they can be watched in your own time. Each talk has full closed-captions, and a transcript is also available. Live Q&A events for each session will be live-captioned, and you will be able to discuss with the speakers and other participants.
The event is free. Please register by 24 September.
The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together browser vendors,
content creators, color scientists, and experts in other relevant areas
(e.g. accessibility, scripting, security, web) to converge on technologies
for enabling WCG and HDR on the Open Web Platform.
We are proud to welcome Snake Nation into our Membership, as part of our work with Grant for the Web on Inclusion Grants to underwrite new W3C memberships in lower income countries. These memberships aim to support and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Web Monetization ecosystem and in the broader web standards movement. Snake Nation whose social media platform offers Web monetization and greater access to the web for diverse voices, joins W3C as the first of these new W3C Members. Please, read our press release.
W3C is pleased to announce the report from the W3C Workshop on Smart Cities, held on 25 June 2021.
The main goal of the workshop was to improve and finalize the description of the draft Charter for a potential Smart Cities Interest Group so that we can launch the Interest Group and start further discussions on (1) interoperability for Web-based Smart City services and (2) use cases and requirements that W3C specifications need to meet to support Smart City services.
- Identified Smart Cities standardization stakeholders to drive the development of Web standards aligned with the real needs of Smart Cities
- Clarified reasonable applications for Smart Cities technologies
- Pointed out how to improve the draft Charter for the potential Smart Cities Interest Group
As a concrete next step following the workshop, W3C will finalize the draft Charter hoping to launch a Smart Cities Interest Group and start further discussion within the group.
We thank all the presenters and the participants for making this event a success.
We are excited to announce an open position at W3C WAI: Web Accessibility Development and Operations Lead, based in Europe.
This is an opportunity for a unique individual to work directly with the W3C & WAI communities as a development and operations lead for work on digital accessibility standards and supporting materials and approaches. For this full-time position based in Europe, we are seeking an individual with project management and operational experience as well as expertise in multiple areas of digital accessibility, to help drive development of accessible next generation digital technology standards for millions of people with disabilities around the world. Work starts on September 1, 2021.
Note:The job description was edited after its announcement, to remove the number of years of experience required, which we deemed a possible filter that might exclude a number of people, including prevent women from applying.
To those in the world who are from a group that is under-represented in the web community, who can and want to join us in making Web standards, but would otherwise be unable to without financial help, please apply to become a beneficiary of the TPAC 2021 Inclusion Fund, by August 15. (Note: being designed for people who would like to participate in our standards work or who already do, the form requires applicants to have a W3C account. Request one here.)
We wish to make it easier for underrepresented communities to contribute to our important work: making the Web work, for everyone. The Web standards that we create need to reflect the diversity of the whole world. More background, more use cases, more edge cases, do eventually bring higher quality results, and lead to a more inclusive design and a better Web.
For a few years now, we have developed methods to improve diversity at the World Wide Web Consortium. One such means is to be in a position to welcome more contributors at our annual conference: TPAC (“Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee”). Because during that event, the W3C work groups gather, network, and work to resolve challenging technical or social issues, it is one of the most important rendez-vous for the Web community. We recently released a short video introducing TPAC.
This year’s fund is sponsored by W3C, Adobe, Samsung Electronics, Coil, Charles Nevile, Microsoft, TetraLogical, Siteimprove, and an anonymous donor. We recognize and thank donors for this important gesture.
You may be interested in reading on the topic of diversity and inclusion at W3C. Our CEO Jeff Jaffe published a 2021 update last month.
W3C announced today that as part of our growing concern for inclusion, all W3C workshops will now include the following standard accessibility accommodations:
- English captions available on all pre recorded presentations, before the live sessions
- Real-time English captions available during the live sessions
- American Sign language and other services will depend on participant requests
W3C organizes Workshops to promote early involvement in the development of W3C activities from Members and the public. The goal of a workshop is usually either to convene experts and other interested parties for an exchange of ideas about a technology or policy, or to address the pressing concerns of W3C Members.
60% of the world is online and 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. Indeed, more background, more use cases, more edge cases, lead to a better Web. More diversity also brings higher quality results.
We aspire to be a model in supporting greater diversity in technology. We continue to have a long way to go but we have taken steps so that we both attract more diverse participants and also encourage them to be welcome in our environment.
Among these steps is the opening today of the W3C TPAC Inclusion Fund’s applications, until 15 August; and in September the new TPAC Fellows honorarium of US$ 500 will be awarded to a few to cover work towards W3C goals done outside of habitual paid work. Both offerings are designed for people from an underrepresented group who wouldn’t be able to attend or meaningfully contribute to TPAC without financial support.
The TPAC Inclusion Fund is sponsored by W3C and W3C members Adobe, Samsung Electronics, Coil, Microsoft, TetraLogical, Siteimprove, as well as Charles Nevile and an anonymous donor. We recognize and thank them for this important gesture.
Our CEO Jeff Jaffe has written about this today and we invite you to read his 2021 update on diversity and inclusion at W3C which also describes these offerings in detail.
The WebTransport Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of WebTransport. This specification defines a set of ECMAScript APIs in WebIDL to allow data to be sent and received between a browser and server, and is being developed in conjunction with a protocol specification developed by the IETF WEBTRANS Working Group.
The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.
Today W3C released to the public the April 2021 edition of our W3C Strategic Highlights which documents the tremendous work to enhance, grow and strengthen the Web platform, and how the Web Consortium meets the needs of industry and society as a whole.
At the same time, as we celebrate the anniversary of the release of the World Wide Web into the public domain on 30 April 1993 by CERN, our CEO Jeff Jaffe has published his reflections on the centrality of the Web Consortium as the Web has been accelerating to meet society’s needs, and on the importance of the Web infrastructure in the modern world.
Human civilization is at an extraordinary juncture. The Web Consortium is in an incredible position to host the open forum where diverse voices from different parts of the world come together to incubate and build the global standards for the Web in the 25 years to come.