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WAI-ARIA 1.1 is a Candidate Recommendation

Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 has been published as a Candidate Recommendation and is now undergoing implementation finalization and testing. WAI-ARIA recommends approaches for developers to make widgets, navigation, and behaviors accessible to people with disabilities. WAI-ARIA 1.1 adds features new since WAI-ARIA 1.0 to complete the HTML + ARIA accessibility model and supports additional modules for digital publishing and graphics. The draft implementation report shows the progress of testing. Please send implementation information or comments by 16 December 2016. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Pointer Lock is a W3C Recommendation

The Web Platform Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of Pointer Lock. This specification defines an API that provides scripted access to raw mouse movement data while locking the target of mouse events to a single element and removing the cursor from view. This is an essential input mode for certain classes of applications, especially first person perspective 3D applications and 3D modeling software.

Two Notes Published by Spatial Data on the Web WG

The Spatial Data on the Web WG, a collaboration between W3C and the OGC, has today published two documents. The Use Cases & Requirements document is believed to be complete and underpins the WG’s considerable scope, motivating 3 standards in addition to today’s other publication, the Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices. The latter has been rewritten substantially to build expressly on the more general Data on the Web Best Practices, currently in CR. The aim is to provide guidance that bridges the gap between the practices and mindsets in the two communities so that the Web is better able to make sense of location and geospatial systems are better able to benefit from non-spatial data on the Web. A good example of this can be seen in yesterday’s announcement by Ireland’s mapping agency that their geospatial information is now available as Linked Data.

Driven largely by geospatial specialists, the Spatial Data on the Web WG is particularly keen to receive feedback from non-geo specialists in the Web community.

First Public Working Draft: CSS Table Module Level 3

The CSS Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of the CSS Table Module Level 3. This CSS module defines a two-dimensional grid-based layout system, optimized for tabular data rendering. In the table layout model, each display node is assigned to an intersection between a set of consecutive rows and a set of consecutive columns, themselves generated from the table structure and sized according to their content.

First Public Working Draft of the Vehicle Signal Server Specification

The Automotive Working Group published a First Public Working Draft of the Vehicle Signal Server Specification which defines a WebSocket based API that enables client applications running on the In-Vehicle-Infotainment system and on the local vehicle network to access vehicle signals and data attributes. The purpose of the specification is to promote a Server API that enables application development in a consistent manner across participating automotive manufacturers.

W3C Invites Implementations of Micropub

The Social Web Working Group has published an updated Candidate Recommendation of Micropub. Micropub is an open API standard used to create posts on one’s own domain using third-party clients. Web apps and native apps (e.g., iPhone, Android) can use Micropub to post short notes, photos, events or other posts to your own site.

Patent Advisory Group for Web Authentication Working Group Launched

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Authentication Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to the Web Authentication API; 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-webauthn-pag@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.