W3C Announces its First Publishing Summit and New Publishing Standards Work

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https://www.w3.org/ — 19 June 2017 — The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced today that registration is now open for its first ever W3C Publishing Summit to be held 9-10 November 2017 in San Francisco, California, co-located with the W3C’s Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meetings (TPAC 2017), and has also issued a call for participation in a newly-formed Publishing Working Group.


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Selected speakers and session topics have already been unveiled for the W3C Publishing Summit, and the program committee invites submission of speaker and session proposals by 15 July 2017. The conference will show how publishers of all types are using today's Web technologies, including EPUB, to make their publications more effective and their workflows more efficient, and cover developments coming soon in Web publications, EPUB and the overall Open Web Platform.

Additionally, the W3C has launched a new Publishing Working Group, a standards-track group formed just a few months following the combination of IDPF and W3C. The Publishing Working Group's mission is to provide the necessary technologies on the Open Web Platform to make the combination of traditional publishing and the web complete in terms of accessibility, usability, portability, distribution, archiving, offline access, and reliable cross referencing.

"We are excited to be on track with our roadmap for Publishing@W3C," said Bill McCoy, W3C Publishing Champion. "Building on the best of IDPF’s long-standing digital publishing conferences, the new W3C Publishing Summit will be a critical forum for the global publishing community to discuss and learn about key issues in digital transformation, including how Web technologies are shaping publishing today, tomorrow and beyond. The new Working Group is a major step forward, both for the convergence of EPUB and Web technologies and in the integration of the IDPF and W3C communities to accelerate our work to lead the Web to its full potential."

The W3C Publishing Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, and is open to the public. Visit the event page to register and for more information.

Participation in the new W3C Publishing Working Group is open to W3C member organizations, including former IDPF members who have joined W3C pursuant to the combination with W3C. For more information about participation in this and other Publishing@W3C activities, contact Bill McCoy at bmccoy@w3.org.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible, and interoperable for everyone around the globe. W3C develops well known specifications such as HTML5, CSS, and the Open Web Platform as well as work on security and privacy, all created in the open and provided for free and under the unique W3C Patent Policy. For its work to make online videos more accessible with captions and subtitles, W3C received a 2016 Emmy Award.

W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 400 Member organizations and dozens of industry sectors. W3C is jointly hosted by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL)in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. For more information see https://www.w3.org/.

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