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W3C Weekly News - 26 January 2005

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 13:55:10 -0600
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                            W3C Weekly News

                   14 January 2004 - 26 January 2005

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W3C Recommendations Enhance SOAP Performance

  The World Wide Web Consortium has released three W3C Recommendations to
  improve Web services performance by standardizing the transmission of
  large binary data. "Web services have just become faster and more
  usable," said Yves Lafon (W3C). Read the press release and testimonials
  and visit the Web services home page.

  * Using an XML Schema datatype, "XML-binary Optimized Packaging"
    (XOP) allows efficient serialization of XML element content.
  * Using a XOP-based selective encoding, the "SOAP Message Transmission
    Optimization Mechanism" optimizes hop-by-hop exchanges
    between SOAP nodes.
  * The "Resource Representation SOAP Header Block" allows applications
    to carry a representation of a resource in a SOAP message.


W3C Supports the URI Standard and IRI Proposed Standard

  W3C is pleased to announce its support for two publications that are
  important for Web addressing and increase the international reach of
  the Web. The documents are coordinated efforts of the Internet
  Engineering Task Force (IETF) and W3C. Read the press release.

  * "Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax" (RFC 3986,
    STD 66) was written by Tim Berners-Lee (W3C), Roy Fielding (Day
    Software) and Larry Masinter (Adobe) with involvement of the
    W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). Simple text strings
    that refer to Internet resources, URIs may refer to documents,
    resources, to people, and indirectly to anything. URIs are the
    most fundamental component of the Web.
  * "Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs)" (RFC 3987) was
    written by Martin Dürst (W3C) and Michel Suignard (Microsoft) with
    involvement of the W3C Internationalization Working Group.
    Lifting the limitation of URIs to a subset of US-ASCII, IRIs allow
    characters in the Universal Character Set (Unicode/ISO 10646).
    Content developers and users can now identify resources in their
    own languages.


W3C Advisory Committee Elects TAG Participants

  The W3C Advisory Committee has elected David Orchard (BEA), Ed Rice
  (HP), Henry Thompson (University of Edinburgh) and Norman Walsh (Sun
  Microsystems) to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). The
  Director also appointed Vincent Quint (INRIA) to the TAG; he will serve
  as co-Chair along with Tim Berners-Lee. Continuing TAG participants are
  Dan Connolly (W3C), Noah Mendelsohn (IBM), and Roy Fielding (Day
  Software). Created in 2001, the TAG documents principles of Web
  architecture and works with other groups to resolve architectural
  issues. Read the Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One and
  visit the TAG home page.


W3C Launches Multimodal Interaction Activity

  W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Multimodal Interaction
  Activity. The Multimodal Interaction Working Group is chaired by
  Deborah Dahl and is chartered through 31 January 2007. The Activity
  extends user interaction with the Web to multiple modes such as GUI,
  speech, vision, pen, haptic interfaces, and gestures. Their work
  enables rich capabilities for mobile phones and other devices with
  limited resources, and for future generations of multimodal devices.
  Participation is open to W3C Members. Visit the multimodal interaction
  home page.


W3C Launches Voice Browser Activity

  W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Voice Browser Activity.
  The Voice Browser Working Group, co-chaired by Jim Larson (Intel) and
  Scott McGlashan (HP), is chartered through 31 January 2007. Voice
  browsing includes Web interaction with key pads, spoken commands,
  listening to prerecorded speech, synthetic speech and music. The
  Activity is defining a suite of markup languages for dialog, speech
  synthesis, speech recognition, call control and other aspects of
  interactive voice response applications. Participation is open to W3C
  Members. Visit the Voice Browser home page.


Working Draft: SPARQL Protocol for RDF

  The RDF Data Access Working Group has released the First Public Working
  Draft of the SPARQL Protocol for RDF. The draft describes RDF data
  access and transmission of RDF queries from clients to processors. The
  protocol is compatible with the SPARQL query language (pronounced
  "sparkle") and is designed to convey queries from other RDF query
  languages as well. Visit the Semantic Web home page.


Working Draft: Glossary of Terms for Device Independence

  The Device Independence Working Group has released an updated Working
  Draft of the "Glossary of Terms" used in the group's publications. The
  glossary definitions are maintained with unique identifiers, and can be
  linked to from documents new and old. Read about W3C work on device
  independence and single-authored content for all Web access devices.


Working Group Note: Delivery Context Overview

  The Device Independence Working Group has published "Delivery Context
  Overview for Device Independence" as a Working Group Note. The term
  delivery context is used to describe user preferences and the
  capabilities of user Web access mechanisms. This document explains the
  role of delivery context in achieving a device independent Web. The
  group plans no further changes. Visit the device independence home


Upcoming W3C Talks

  * Steve Ross-Talbot, Chair of the Web Services Choreography
    Working Group, speaks at Web Services on Wall Street in
    New York, NY, USA on 1-2 February.

  * José Manuel Alonso, W3C Spanish Office, presents at Primer
    Congreso Nacional de BPMS 2005 (First National BPMS Conference
    2005) in Madrid, Spain on 2 February.

  * Masayasu Ishikawa participates in a panel at PAGE2005
    in Tokyo, Japan on 4 February.

  * Daniel J. Weitzner participates at a panel at the Internet
    Caucus State of the Net Conference in Washington, DC, USA on
    9 February.

  * Ivan Herman gives a tutorial at Semantic Web Seminarie in
    Antwerpen, Belgium on 16 February.

  * Jim Larson, Chair of the Voice Browser Working Group, presents
    in San Francisco, CA, USA at the Service Automation Expo and
    Conference on 21 February and at SpeechTEK West on 23 February.

   Browse upcoming W3C appearances and events, also available as
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