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In Memoriam – Pierre Danet

A visionary leader in the advancement of publishing technology and the Web has passed away. Pierre Danet, Chief Digital Officer of Hachette-Livre Group, was a long-time Board member of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). In that capacity he played an instrumental leadership role in the recently completed combination of IDPF with the W3C. Pierre […]
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Introducing the W3C Strategy Funnel

W3C has a variety of mechanisms for listening to what the community thinks could make for good future Web standards. These include discussions with the Membership, discussions with other standards bodies, and the activities of thousands of engineers in nearly 300 community groups. There are lots of good ideas, and lately the strategy team in […]
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W3C Strategic Highlights for Spring 2017 and Advisory Committee Meeting

W3C held its annual meeting late April in Beijing. The theme of the meeting was “Vision for W3C“. During the meeting we released the W3C Strategic Highlights for Spring 2017, a comprehensive report of W3C’s vision and focus; had informative discussions from industry presenters and keynote speakers, heard about priorities of the W3C Advisory Board […]
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Reflections on GAAD 2017

The Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an international event that was co-founded by Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon in 2011. It has been growing rapidly ever since, and this year it featured more than 50 announced events in 18 countries including: much of Europe, India, the US, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. These range […]
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Why we’re launching the Dataset Exchange WG

I’m delighted that the Dataset Exchange Working Group is beginning its work this week to pursue two distinct strands: updating the Data Catalog vocabulary (DCAT); providing a precise definition of an application profile and setting out how clients and servers can use them in content negotiation. Within that environment, it’s likely that the WG will […]
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Dive into the Semantic Data Lake

Back in October last year, I highlighted a EU-funded project we’re involved with around big data. Led by Sören Auer at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems, Big Data Europe has built a remarkably flexible big data processing platform. It wraps a lot of well-known components like Apache Spark and HDFS in […]
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How W3C checks its specifications for accessibility support: APA review

The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group works to ensure W3C specifications provide support for accessibility to people with disabilities. The group seeks new accessibility and technology experts to help influence a broad set of W3C specifications. What we do A primary APA responsibility is the review of W3C Technical Reports for potential benefits or […]
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WCAG Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT)

Today W3C published a First Public Working Draft of the Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 specification. It defines a common approach for writing test rules for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This allows people to document and share testing procedures, including automated, semi-automated, and manual procedures. This accelerates the development of evaluation […]
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