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W3C DevRel – TPAC21 debrief

W3C’s 2021 annual conference (TPAC) concluded last month and we take the opportunity to debrief this successful virtual event through the lens of developer relations. As input to the conference, several W3C groups produced videos and group updates about their work, which should help developers learning what new technologies are coming their way (incl. CSS […]

W3C co-signs the Global Encryption Day Statement

Today marks the inaugural Global Encryption Day. We are proud to be among the signatories of the Global Encryption Day Statement in support of strong encryption, organized by the Global Encryption Coalition (of which we are members). Strong encryption is a critical technology that helps keep people, their information, and communications private and secure. It […]

Accessibility of Remote Meetings - first public working draft published

Accessibility of Remote Meetings – call for review

The impact of COVID-19 has seen a substantial increase in usage of remote meeting platforms. Before 2020, software-based remote meeting applications were available, but not necessarily viewed as critical. The shift to remote meetings from a complementary tool to a replacement for face-to-face contact, has driven significant innovation in this space, including improvements in the […]

Natural Language Accessibility User Requirements published as first public working draft note

Natural Language Interface Accessibility User Requirements – call for review

Spoken interaction with mobile devices and consumer appliances such as smart speakers is now commonplace. Chatbots and similar text-based user interfaces can be included in Web applications. Telephone systems employing speech input and output are widely deployed. The common element in these scenarios is that the user interface operates via a textual, linguistic interaction; in […]

TAG Update

Greetings W3C friends. The TAG recently held a virtual face to face meeting and I’m writing to give you an update on our activities and some of the outputs of this meeting. We updated the Ethical Web Principles with some additional text in the intro around harmful patterns. We also have made some adjustments to […]

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The World Wide Web Consortium at 27: a guiding star for the future of the web

Twenty-seven years ago, on 1 October 1994, Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web Consortium as the next step in the evolution and support of the Web. Quoting from the proposal: “The web allows human communication and cooperation by sharing knowledge, and opens this to ordinary people who need no technical skill. […] At the […]


Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements – call for review

The successful synchronization of multimedia content, especially audio and video, is essential to accessible web-based communication and cooperation. Understandable media is therefore media synchronized to very specific limits, according to multiple research studies. By clarifying the parameters of adequate synchronization we can influence the development of future technologies, specifications, and accessibility guidelines. Providing an accessible […]

Keeping the complexity of IMSC documents under control

The IMSC Recommendation includes an Hypothetical Render Model (HRM) that constrains document complexity, allowing authors of subtitles and captions to know that they are not generating subtitles that will overload the players. An open source implementation of the HRM for IMSC Text Profile documents has been made available. IMSC users and implementers are invited to […]

30 years on from introducing the Web to the World

On 6 August 1991, Tim Berners-Lee posted information about his WorldWideWeb project to the public and introduced the Web to the world. “Try it“, Tim noted in his message – and since then, billions of people have. Think about how often you use the Web. Aren’t you surprised at how essential the Web is to […]