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W3C Newsletter: December 2005/January 2006

From: Eva Tam <etam@cs.ust.hk>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:14:33 +0800
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****** W3C Newsletter: December 2005/January 2006 ****** 


Upcoming Events: 


Bert  Bos gives a talk entitled "The Web According to W3C - How to turn your
idea into a standard" at the " <http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005/> 22C3", 27
December, Berlin, Germany



W3C Web Services Addressing Interoperability Event, 17-18 January 2006,
Vancouver, BC Canada



Technical News: 


SMIL 2.1 is a W3C Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium today released Synchronized
<http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/REC-SMIL2-20051213/>  Multimedia Integration
Language (SMIL 2.1) as a W3C Recommendation. With SMIL (pronounced "smile"),
authors create multimedia presentations and animations integrating streaming
audio and video with graphics and text. Version 2.1 features include a new
Mobile Profile and an Extended Mobile Profile with enhanced timing, layout
and animation capabilities.


W3C to Internationalize and Secure Voice Browsing

Following the Workshop on <http://www.w3.org/2005/08/SSML/ssml-workshop-cfp>
Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), W3C
announces new work to extend SSML <http://www.w3.org/TR/speech-synthesis/>
to Asian and other languages and to add speaker verification. Speaker
verification is "the best biometric for securing telephone transactions and
communications," said Ken Rehor (Vocalocity) Chairman of the VoiceXML Forum
and participant in the W3C Voice Browser Working Group.


W3C Renews Quality Assurance Interest Group

W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Quality Assurance Activity
<http://www.w3.org/QA/>  and the QA Interest Group
<http://www.w3.org/QA/IG/> , chaired by Karl Dubost (W3C) and Lynne
Rosenthal (NIST). The main objective of the QA Interest Group (QA IG) is to
provide a venue for W3C, its Membership, and the Web community to share
their experiences and involvement with QA. Participation is open to W3C
Members <http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List>  and the public.


W3C Host Feed Validation Service

W3C is pleased to launch the W3C Feed Validation Service
<http://validator.w3.org/feed/> , a free online tool open to creators of
syndication feeds in formats such as RSS and Atom. Based on 'feedvalidator',
and adding a SOAP Web service interface for interactive programming, the
tool is useful for automatic or batch syntax checking. This service joins
the existing pool of free, open source tools offered by W3C to the Web
development community to help build a better World Wide Web.


Last Call: SVG Tiny 1.2

The Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group has released a third Last
Call Working Draft of the Scalable Vector
<http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-SVGMobile12-20051207/>  Graphics (SVG) Tiny
1.2 Specification. The draft allows reviewers to verify that their comments
have been included. Comments will be accepted through 28 December. The SVG
language delivers vector graphics, text, and images to the Web in XML. SVG
Tiny 1.2 is a complete language specification and is implementable on
devices large and small, from cellphones and PDAs to desktop and laptop


Working Drafts: Internationalization Tag Set

The Internationalization Tag Set Working Group has published a First Public
Working Draft of the Internationalization Tag Set
<http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-its-20051122/>  (ITS) and an updated Working
Draft of its requirements <http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-itsreq-20051122/> .
Organized by data categories, this set of elements and attributes supports
the internationalization and localization of schemas and documents.
Implementations are provided for DTDs, XML Schema and Relax NG, and for
existing vocabularies like XHTML, DocBook and OpenDocument.


Working Draft: Device Description Ecosystem

The Mobile Web Initiative Device Description Working Group released a First
Public Working Draft of Device Description
<http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-dd-ecosystem-20051121/>  Ecosystem, a future
Working Group Note. Serving as input for the group's requirements document,
this draft outlines business models and participants in the field of device
descriptions, and postulates a common repository.




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