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W3C Sets New Standard for Internationalized Web Content

: The World Wide Web Consortium today released Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. Creators of XML content can use the ITS set of elements and attributes to prepare schemas and documents for localization and to internationalize them for a global audience. "Working with document formats internationally becomes much easier, whether you are creating a new schema or working with an established one," said Richard Ishida (W3C). Implementations provided for DTDs, XML Schema and Relax NG, can be used with new or existing vocabularies like XHTML, DocBook, and OpenDocument. Read the press release and visit Internationalization home page. ( Permalink )

Ubiquitous Web to Simplify Development for Networked Devices

: W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity. W3C Fellow Dave Raggett chairs the group which is chartered to advance the creation of distributed applications for network appliances. The first face-to-face meeting of the Ubiquitous Web Applications (UWA) Working Group will be 7-8 June 2007 in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by MobileAware, following the associated W3C Workshop on Declarative Models of Distributed Web Applications. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. The UWA Working Group will take on the deliverables of the Device Independence Working Group which is now closed. Read about the Ubiquitous Web. ( Permalink )

HTML Mail Workshop: Call for Participation

: Position papers are due 21 April for the W3C HTML Mail Workshop to be held 24 May in Paris, France, hosted by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris. Attendees will discuss authoring, rendering, interoperability and security aspects of HTML in email as well as non-technical topics. Read about W3C Workshops and about HTML. (Permalink)

Toward More Transparent Government: Advance Notice of Workshop

: W3C plans a Workshop Toward More Transparent Government co-sponsored by the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) on 18-19 June 2007 in Washington, D.C., USA, hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Attendees will help to find ways of facilitating the deployment of Web standards across eGovernment sites, to help shape ongoing research in the development of Web technology and public policy, in order to realize the potential of the Web for access to, and use of, government information. A Call for Participation is expected in a few weeks. See the European W3C Symposium on eGovernment Report for information about the previous W3C eGovernment event. Read about W3C Workshops. (Permalink)

W3C Launches Multimodal Interaction Working Group

: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Multimodal Interaction Working Group to enable users to use their preferred modes of interaction with the Web. Deborah Dahl (Invited Expert) chairs the group which is chartered to develop open standards to adapt to device, user and environmental conditions, and to allow multiple modes of Web interaction including GUI, speech, vision, pen, gestures and haptic interfaces. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read the about the Multimodal Interaction Activity. (Permalink)

W3C Launches Voice Browser Working Group

: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Voice Browser Working Group to enable users to speak and listen to Web applications. Jim Larson (Invited Expert) and Scott McGlashan (HP) chair the group which is chartered to standardize languages for capturing and producing speech and for managing the dialog between users and computers. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read the about the Voice Browser Activity. (Permalink)

Web Services Policy 1.5: Candidate Recommendations

: The Web Services Policy Working Group has published updated Candidate Recommendations for Web Services Policy 1.5 documenting their progress. The Policy Framework model expresses the nature of Web services in order to convey conditions for their interaction. Attachment defines how to associate policies, for example within WSDL or UDDI, with subjects to which they apply. The group published updated Working Drafts of the Primer, Guidelines and Element Identifiers as well. Candidate Recommendation feedback is welcome through 30 June. Read about Web services. (Permalink)

Rule Interchange Format Core Design: Working Draft

: The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of RIF Core Design. The document specifies the core design for a format that allows rules to be translated between rule languages and thus transferred between rule systems. The group invites comments through 27 April. Visit the Semantic Web home page. (Permalink)

RDFa Use Cases: Working Draft

: The XHTML2 Working Group and the Semantic Web Deployment Working Group jointly have published the First Public Working Draft of RDFa Use Cases: Scenarios for Embedding RDF in HTML. RDFa expresses metadata in XHTML-compatible constructs and extensions, enabling a new world of user functionality. Written for readers somewhat familiar with HTML, RDF and N3 notation, these scenarios consider publishers, tool builders and users. Read about HTML and the Semantic Web. (Permalink)

W3C Talks in April

: Browse W3C presentations and events also available as an RSS channel. (Permalink)

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