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W3C Weekly News - 18 February 2005

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 14:49:47 -0800
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Character Model for the World Wide Web Is a W3C Recommendation

  The World Wide Web Consortium released "Character Model for the World
  Wide Web 1.0: Fundamentals" as a W3C Recommendation. The document
  allows Web applications to transmit and process the characters of the
  world's languages. Building on the Universal Character Set defined by
  Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646, it gives authors of specifications, software
  developers, and content developers a common reference for text
  manipulation. Read the press release and visit the Internationalization
  home page.


Call for Participation: W3C Workshop on Rule Languages for Interoperability

  Position papers are due 18 March for the W3C Workshop on Rule Languages
  for Interoperability to be held 27-28 April in Washington, DC, USA.
  This workshop will bring together rule system vendors, rule users with
  a need for interoperability, and others to work toward developing a
  standard rule language, a key next step in promoting data exchange on
  the Web. Read about W3C workshops and visit the Semantic Web home page.


Call for Participation: W3C Workshop on Frameworks for Semantics in Web

  Position papers are due 22 April for the W3C Workshop on Frameworks for
  Semantics in Web Services to be held 9-10 June in Innsbruck, Austria.
  Participants will discuss possible future W3C work on a comprehensive
  and expressive framework for describing all aspects of Web services.
  The workshop's goal is to envision more powerful tools and fuller
  automation using Semantic Web technologies such as RDF and OWL. Read
  about W3C workshops and visit the Web services home page.


W3C Launches URI Interest Group

  W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the URI Activity. The new
  URI Interest Group, chaired by Dan Connolly (W3C) and Norman Walsh (Sun
  Microsystems), is chartered through 28 February 2007. The group reviews
  ongoing work related to Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) and
  Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) and helps to deploy
  quality implementations by maintaining testing materials. Participation
  is open to W3C Members and the public.


Working Draft: Pronunciation Lexicon Specification 1.0

  The Voice Browser Working Group has released the First Public Working
  Draft of "Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) Version 1.0."
  Designed for ease of use by developers and internationally, PLS allows
  pronunciation information to be specified for speech recognition and
  speech synthesis engines in voice browsing applications. Pronunciations
  grouped together in a PLS document may be referenced from other markup
  languages such as SRGS and SSML. Visit the Voice Browser home page.


Working Draft: SPARQL Query Language for RDF

  The RDF Data Access Working Group has released the second Working Draft
  of the "SPARQL Query Language for RDF." SPARQL (pronounced "sparkle")
  offers developers and end users a way to write and to consume search
  results across a wide range of information such as personal data,
  social networks and metadata about digital artifacts like music and
  images. SPARQL also provides a means of integration over disparate
  sources. Visit the Semantic Web home page.


Working Draft: CSS3 Backgrounds and Borders

  The CSS Working Group has released a Working Draft of "CSS3 Backgrounds
  and Borders Module." The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) language is used
  to render structured documents like HTML and XML on screen, on paper
  and in speech. Replacing two separate CSS3 modules, the draft proposes
  CSS Level 3 functionality including borders consisting of images and
  backgrounds with multiple images. Visit the CSS home page.


Working Drafts: Web Services Addressing

  The Web Services Addressing Working Group has released three updated
  Working Drafts. "Web Services Addressing - Core" enables message
  transmission through networks that include processing nodes such as
  endpoint managers, firewalls, and gateways in a transport-neutral
  manner. "WSDL Binding" defines how the core specification's properties
  are described in the Web Services Description Language (WSDL). "SOAP
  Binding" defines their association to SOAP messages. Read about Web


Working Drafts: XQuery, XPath and XSLT

  The XML Query Working Group and the XSL Working Group have released ten
  Working Drafts for the XQuery, XPath and XSLT languages. Please see the
  status section of each document for authorship and change history
  information. XML Query is an XML-aware programming language that can be
  optimized to run database-style searches, queries and joins over
  collections of documents, databases and XML or object repositories.
  Applications implementing XPath can address the nodes in an XML tree.
  XSLT 2 allows transformation of XML documents and non-XML data into
  other documents. Visit the XML home page.


  * XQuery 1.0: An XML Query Language
  * XML Path Language (XPath) 2.0
  * XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model
  * XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Functions and Operators
  * XSLT 2.0 and XQuery 1.0 Serialization
  * XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Formal Semantics
  * XQuery Update Facility Requirements
  * XML Query Use Cases
  * XML Syntax for XQuery 1.0 (XQueryX)
  * XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 2.0

W3C Talks

  * Ossi Nykänen, W3C Finnish Office, presented at XML
    tiedonhallinnan ja integraation tehostajana in Helsinki, Finland
    on 16 February.

  * Eric Miller gives a keynote at the Semantic Technology
    Conference 2005 in San Francisco, CA USA on 8 March.

  * Philipp Hoschka presents at the AMI Technology Transfer Event in
    Brussels, Belgium on 8 March.

  * Daniel J. Weitzner participates in the Perspectives on Digital
    Transparency panel at the IAPP National Privacy Summit in
    Washington, DC USA on 11 March.

  * Judy Brewer presents at the American Foundation for the Blind's
    Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) in Boston, MA USA
    on 12 March.

  * Shadi Abou-Zahra and Judy Brewer present at CSUN 2005: Technology
    and Persons with Disabilities in Los Angeles, CA USA on 18 and
    16 March.

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