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W3C Weekly News - 8 September 2004

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Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 09:43:19 -0500
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                          29 August - 8 September 2004

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Speech Synthesis Markup Language Is a W3C Recommendation

   The World Wide Web Consortium today released the "Speech Synthesis
   Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.0" as a W3C Recommendation. With the
   XML-based SSML language, content authors can generate synthetic speech
   on the Web, controlling pronunciation, volume, pitch and rate. "SSML
   builds on the work of the pioneers in speech synthesis to provide
   application developers with a powerful and flexible means to deliver a
   high quality mix of synthetic and pre-recorded speech as part of
   interactive voice response services," said Dave Raggett (W3C/Canon).
   Read the press release, testimonials and implementation report and
   visit the Voice Browser home page.

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/REC-speech-synthesis-20040907/
    http://www.w3.org/2004/09/ssml-pressrelease
    http://www.w3.org/2004/09/ssml-testimonial.html
    http://www.w3.org/Voice/2004/ssml-ir/
    http://www.w3.org/Voice/

SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL)

   Through joint efforts, the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working  
Group
   and the CSS Working Group have released the First Public Working Draft
   of "SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL)." The sXBL language defines the
   presentation and interactive behavior of elements outside the SVG
   namespace. A future version may extend XBL to any markup. Visit the  
SVG
   and CSS home pages.

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-sXBL-20040901/
    http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/
    http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/

Working Drafts: Quality Assurance

   The Quality Assurance (QA) Working Group has published three Working
   Drafts. Written for W3C Working Group Chairs and Team Contacts, "The  
QA
   Handbook" provides techniques, tools, and templates for test suites  
and
   specifications. "QA Framework: Specification Guidelines" are designed
   to help make technical reports easy to interpret without ambiguity,  
and
   explain how to define and specify conformance. "Variability in
   Specifications" is a First Public Working Draft. Formerly part of the
   Specification Guidelines, the document contains advanced design
   considerations and conformance-related techniques. Read about QA at  
W3C.

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qa-handbook-20040830/
    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qaframe-spec-20040830/
    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-spec-variability-20040830/
    http://www.w3.org/QA/

EMMA Working Draft Updated

   The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has released an updated
   Working Draft of "EMMA." The Extensible MultiModal Annotation language
   (EMMA) is a data exchange format for interaction management systems.
   EMMA represents user input. Speech and handwriting recognizers,  
natural
   language engines, media interpreters, and multimodal integration
   components generate EMMA markup. Visit the Multimodal Interaction
   home page.

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-emma-20040901/
    http://www.w3.org/2002/mmi/

XForms 1.1 Requirements Updated

   The XForms Working Group has updated the "XForms 1.1 Requirements"
   Working Group Note. XForms is the new generation of Web forms. Version
   1.1 has enhancements for the XForms 1.0 framework, embraces SOAP,  
makes
   XForms authoring easier, and facilitates XForms use in other host
   languages. Visit the XForms home page.

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/NOTE-xforms-11-req-20040831/
    http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms/

W3C Co-Sponsors 26th Internationalization & Unicode Conference

   The 26th Internationalization & Unicode Conference will be held 7-10
   September in San Jose, CA, USA. Presenters include Team members Martin
   Duerst and Richard Ishida and participants in the W3C
   Internationalization Working Group. The event is the premier technical
   conference worldwide for software and Web internationalization. During
   four days of tutorials and presentations, leaders in the field will
   discuss internationalized Web addresses and markup, language and  
locale
   tagging, complex scripts, ICU, software internationalization and other
   topics. Read about Unicode and the W3C Internationalization Activity.

    http://www.unicode.org/iuc/iuc26/index.html
    http://www.w3.org/International/

Deadline Extension: Public Workshop on Metadata for Content Adaptation

   The deadline for position papers has been extended one week to 13
   September for the W3C Workshop on Metadata for Content Adaptation to  
be
   held in Dublin, Ireland on 12-13 October. Attendees will discuss how
   metadata can help the adaption of Web content to fit user needs and
   device characteristics, and will provide feedback and suggestions for
   future W3C work. Read about workshops and Interaction at W3C.

    http://www.w3.org/2004/06/DI-MCA-WS/cfp.html
    http://www.w3.org/2003/08/Workshops/
    http://www.w3.org/Interaction/

Deadline Extension: Public Workshop on Semantic Web for Life Sciences

   The deadline for position papers has been extended nine days to 15
   September for the W3C Workshop on Semantic Web for Life Sciences to be
   held in Cambridge, MA, USA on 27-28 October. Attendees will discuss  
how
   Semantic Web technologies such as RDF, OWL and the Life Sciences
   Identifier (LSID) help to manage modern life sciences research, enable
   disease understanding and accelerate the development of therapies.  
Read
   about W3C workshops and the Semantic Web.

    http://www.w3.org/2004/07/swls-cfp.html
    http://www.w3.org/2003/08/Workshops/
    http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/

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