All posts by Coralie Mercier

About Coralie Mercier

Coralie is Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.

Updated: Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA, alternatives to Visual Turing Tests on the Web

The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, with support from the Research Questions Task Force, has published an updated Working Draft of Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA, alternatives to Visual Turing Tests on the Web. This update includes changes that address the substantial comments received since the May 2019 version, which have helped us improve our analysis of the state of the art in telling human users apart from their robotic impersonators. Comments are requested by 26 July 2019. Please, read more in a dedicated blog post by Janina Sajka, Chair Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, and learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Third Patent Advisory Group for Web Payments Working Group Launched

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to specifications of the Web Payments Working Group; see the PAG charter. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements. Public comments regarding these disclosures may be sent to public-wpwg-pag@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.

W3C and the WHATWG signed an agreement to collaborate on a single version of HTML and DOM

logos of W3C and WHATWGToday W3C and the WHATWG signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of a single version of the HTML and DOM specifications. The Memorandum of Understanding jointly published as the WHATWG/W3C Joint Working Mode gives the specifics of this collaboration. This is the culmination of a careful exploration of effective partnership mechanisms since December 2017 after the WHATWG adopted many shared features as their work-mode and an IPR policy.

The HTML Working Group which we will soon recharter will assist the W3C community in raising issues and proposing solutions for the HTML and DOM specifications, and bring WHATWG Review Drafts to Recommendation.

Motivated by the belief that having two distinct HTML and DOM specifications claiming to be normative is generally harmful for the community, and the mutual desire to bring the work back together, W3C and WHATWG agree to the following terms:

  • W3C and WHATWG work together on HTML and DOM, in the WHATWG repositories, to produce a Living Standard and Recommendation/Review Draft-snapshots
  • WHATWG maintains the HTML and DOM Living Standards
  • W3C facilitates community work directly in the WHATWG repositories (bridging communities, developing use cases, filing issues, writing tests, mediating issue resolution)
  • W3C stops independent publishing of a designated list of specifications related to HTML and DOM and instead will work to take WHATWG Review Drafts to W3C Recommendations

W3C remains committed to ensuring that HTML development continues to take into account the needs of the global community, and continues to improve in areas such as accessibility, internationalization and privacy while providing greater interoperability, performance and security.

You may read in W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe’s blog post W3C and WHATWG to work together to advance the open Web platform further contextual information and additional aspects of the collaboration.

W3C Strategic Highlights, Spring 2019

Pipeline of innovation [Lightbulb design credit: Freepik]W3C released today its W3C Strategic Highlights – Spring 2019, 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.

To the pipeline of innovations to enable the Web to scale to meet the new challenges and opportunities, we are making recent additions:

  • W3C chartered a Web Payment Security Interest Group to foster greater coordination and ultimately enhance the security and interoperability of Web payments.
  • Web & Networks: what is needed for the Web to take advantage of 5G, QUIC, and Edge Computing changing the topology of network-based services? We have started to flesh out a group charter in the wake of the W3C Web5G workshop in May 2018.

As the Web evolves continuously, some groups are looking for ways for specifications to do so as well. So-called “evergreen recommendations” or “living standards” aim to track continuous development (and maintenance) of features, on a feature-by-feature basis, while getting review and patent commitments.

Continued progress in many areas demonstrates the vitality of the W3C and the Web community. We see the maturation and further development of an incredible number of new technologies coming to the Web.

W3C honored with a second Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

NATAS logopictures of the emmy award recipientsLast night in Las Vegas, as the NAB Show was kicked off by the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards ceremony, W3C representatives accepted our second Emmy® Award. The prestigious industry award recognizes our work to standardize a Full TV Experience on the Web.

Among the myriad web technologies that the Web Consortium develops, HTML5 has brought videos to the Web, ending the era of plug-ins for media playback. The standards at the core of all web media applications today have turned the Web into an unprecedented media platform, which mixes professional and user-generated content, available anywhere, anytime, on any device, and to anyone.

This marks the second Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award that W3C has received. In 2016 W3C was awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for its work on the Timed Text Mark-up Language standard. W3C is grateful for our community and all those who work to build standards and technologies for the web. You can read more in the W3C Blog.

W3C celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Web

Web 30 logoToday we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Web and in a few months, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the W3C developing open standards and guidelines that foster innovative applications, profitable commerce, and the free flow of information and ideas.

In March 1989, while at CERN, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote “Information Management: A Proposal” outlining the World Wide Web. 30 years ago today, Tim’s memo was about to revolutionize communication around the globe.

Committed to core values of an open Web that promotes innovation, neutrality, and interoperability, W3C and its community are setting the vision and standards for the Web, ensuring the building blocks of the web are open, accessible, secure, international and have been developed via the collaboration of global technical experts.

Today we celebrate a Web that is:

  • Universal, International and truly “World Wide”.
  • Available on any device, for any type of information, in any language.
  • Accessible by people with disabilities.
  • Royalty-free and built on open standards.
  • Powerful – The Open Web Platform makes Web pages themselves powerful tools.
  • Transformational for how business gets done; improving delivery, enhancing user satisfaction, and reducing cost.

You can read more about the celebration and listen to what Sir Tim Berners-Lee said when asked what part of the W3C’s work he’s the most proud in the W3C blog.

Upcoming: Second W3C Workshop on the Web of Things

Illustration showing a night cityscape and connected pictograms W3C announced today a Second Workshop on on the Web of Things, 3-5 June 2019, in Munich, Germany. The event is hosted by Siemens.

This workshop disseminates the findings of the W3C Web of Things Working Group based on its standardization work and discuss the way forward with a wider set of stakeholders. To unlock the potential of an open ecosystem and open markets, the workshop will discuss how to reduce fragmentation of the IoT landscape and the future direction of the open W3C WoT standardization. A focus is on exposing and consuming services across specific IoT technologies to enable new use cases, such as common monitoring and control of assets from multiple vendors, interconnecting different application domains, and building digital twins of physical devices.

The scope includes:

  • Cross-Domain Business Models, Use Cases and Scenarios:
    • Interoperability scenarios for consumer, industrial, environmental, energy management, healthcare, automotive and smart cities
    • Building a common IoT application ecosystem (tools, marketplaces, security, etc.)
    • Interworking across evolving IoT standards (e.g., OCF, OPC, LWM2M, OneM2M, etc.)
  • Standardization Needs:
    • Architecture
    • Applications
    • Security and privacy

For more information on the workshop, please see details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by 23 April 2019.

W3C updates its Process Document

W3C Membership approved the 1 March 2019 W3C Process Document, which takes effect today. Notable changes (see all differences) since the 2018 update include:

  • The size of the W3C Advisory Board changes from a fixed 9 to a range of 9 to 11 elected members; election mechanics is adjusted accordingly;
  • Allow one person to represent (with disclosure) multiple organizations in a Working Group;
  • Added new Contributor License Grants to define the requirements for contributions made by non-WG members;
  • Many clarifications and refinements to reduce ambiguities and undefined behavior.

This document was developed between the W3C Advisory Board and the public Revising W3C Process Community Group. Comments and feedback on the new Process Document may be sent as issues in the public GitHub Repository.

Jun Murai enters the French National Order of the Legion of Honour

Laurent Pic decorating Jun Murai with the Knight of the Legion of Honour Medal. Photo by Susumu ISHITO.We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jun Murai, W3C Steering Committee Member and Professor of Keio University has accepted the Knight of the Legion of Honour Medal from the French government. The decoration ceremony took place on 13 February at the French Ambassador’s residence. The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

French Ambassador to Japan Laurent Pic, who decorated Murai-sensei, introduced Jun Murai as an “Internet Samurai” in the world. Thanks to Jun’s Internet research activities, his accomplishments contributed greatly to the advancement of society as well as technical progress. In addition, France also showed that he has continued to collaborate with Japan and research exchanges with Japan in the Internet field for many years through him.

Jun Murai speaking after receiving the Knight of the Legion of Honour Medal. Photo by Susumu ISHITO.Following words of thanks, Jun explained in detail the relationship with France in Internet research. “There are a lot of network researchers in the United States but in the part related to standardization, France and Japan combined in many cases, such as the World Wide Web and satellite Internet,” said Jun Murai, before concluding. “I wish this will lead to further development in the digital technology field, including the power of the young people of both countries in the future.”

Photos by Susumu ISHITO. Read the article on the website of the French Embassy in Japan (Japanese, French).

New W3C Membership level aimed at organizations with medium range revenues

Over the past several years the W3C Business Development team has heard from a number of mid-sized companies that while they are very interested in participating in W3C the Membership Fees were too high for them to justify. That was compounded by several conversations members of the W3C Team had with organizations in our newest vertical – Publishing. Many of the drivers in that vertical are in this category and had said a new level would be attractive for them. Based on this, we ran between Feb 2018 and Feb 2019 an experimental Membership level aimed at public organizations that have revenues in the medium range to see if the new level would, in fact, attract Members.

Our goal was to get eight new Members in that time and we’ve reached that goal! The organizations that have joined are Geotab (Automotive), Macmillan Learning (Publishing), Media Do Holdings (Publishing), New Relic, Inc. (Security), The Paciello Group (upgraded!), Ping Identity (Identity), SportTotal (Media) and W. W. Norton (Publishing). As you can see we have a diverse set of industries represented by these organizations and you’ll see them in various groups around W3C. Based on this success we have made this a permanent level and as organizations apply for Membership they will see this option.

This Membership Fee is available for existing Members as well if they qualify (it is designed for public organizations that have revenues between $50M and $500M USD, or equivalent in the other currencies of W3C Hosts). If you are interested in this, or have any questions or comments please contact J. Alan Bird, W3C Global Business Development Leader.