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W3C Weekly News - 24 November 2005

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Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 20:22:18 -0600
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                            W3C Weekly News

                     13 November - 24 November 2005

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W3C Group Links Semantic Web With Medical Industry

  W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Semantic Web Health Care
  and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG). Chaired by Tonya
  Hongsermeier (Partners HealthCare) and Eric Neumann (Unaffiliated), the
  group is chartered to improve collaboration, research and development,
  and innovation adoption in the health care and life science industries.
  Aiding decision-making in clinical research, Semantic Web technologies
  will bridge many forms of biological and medical information across
  institutions. Read the press release and visit the Semantic Web home


W3C Launches Rich Web Client Activity

  W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Rich Web Client Activity
  for client-side Web Application development. The Web APIs Working Group
  chaired by Robin Berjon (Expway) will document and build standard
  Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) such as XMLHttpRequest, an
  AJAX component. The Web Application Formats Working Group chaired by
  Art Barstow (Nokia) will develop declarative languages for Web
  Applications, building on existing technologies in the marketplace
  where possible. The Compound Document Formats Working Group chaired by
  Kevin Kelly (IBM) moves to this Activity, and continues to develop a
  framework for combined documents as well as profiles that use existing
  W3C formats. Participation in these groups is open to W3C Members.

   (Member-only link)

W3C Hosts Feed Validation Service

  W3C is pleased to launch the W3C Feed Validation Service, 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. Learn more in the announcement.


XPointer Registry Launched

  W3C is pleased to announce the XPointer Registry, opening XPointer
  scheme registration up to the public. XPointer is an extensible system
  for identifying regions in XML documents. XPointer provides for
  multiple addressing schemes but the XPointer specification reserved
  unprefixed scheme names to W3C. The registry adds public access and
  enables open and well-regulated use through the XPointer Scheme Name
  Registry Policy.


W3C Launches Efficient XML Interchange Working Group

  W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Efficient XML Interchange
  Working Group. Robin Berjon (Expway) and Oliver Goldman (Adobe Systems)
  are Chairs. The group's objective is to define an alternative encoding
  of the XML Information Set that addresses the requirements identified
  in the work of the XML Binary Characterization Working Group, while
  maintaining the existing interoperability between XML specifications.
  The group is chartered through December 2007. Visit the XML home page.


Note: WSDL 1.1 Description for XKMS

  The XML Key Management Service (XKMS) Working Group has published
  "A WSDL 1.1 description for XKMS" as a Working Group Note. The group
  has defined a Web service to handle conventional PKI (public-key
  infrastructure) functions. Written for XKMS developers, this note
  provides a sample Web Services Description Language (WSDL) description
  for an XKMS service. Visit the XKMS home page.


Last Call: Delivery Context Interfaces (DCI)

  The Device Independence Working Group has released a Last Call Working
  Draft of "Delivery Context: Interfaces (DCI) Accessing Static and
  Dynamic Properties." DCI provides access to device properties including
  capabilities, configuration, user preferences and environmental
  conditions such as remaining battery life, signal strength, ambient
  brightness, location, and display orientation. The previous version of
  this document was named "Dynamic Properties Framework (DPF)." Comments
  are welcome through 4 December. Read about the Device Independence


Working Drafts: Internationalization Tag Set

  The Internationalization Tag Set Working Group has published a First
  Public Working Draft of the "Internationalization Tag Set (ITS)" and
  an updated Working Draft of its requirements. 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. Visit the
  Internationalization home page.


Working Draft: Device Description Ecosystem

  The Mobile Web Initiative Device Description Working Group released a
  First Public Working Draft of "Device Description 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. Read
  about the Mobile Web Initiative.


Working Drafts: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

  The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group has
  released Working Drafts of the "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  2.0" and "HTML Techniques for WCAG 2.0" and a First Public Working
  Draft of "Understanding WCAG 2.0." Following WCAG makes Web content
  more accessible to the vast majority of users, including people with
  disabilities and older users, using many different devices including a
  wide variety of assistive technology. Read about the Web Accessibility


Working Draft: Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

  The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has released
  a Working Draft of "Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0"
  incorporating Last Call comments. The guidelines are written to help
  developers create accessible authoring interfaces that produce
  accessible Web content. Resulting content can be read by a broader
  range of readers including those with disabilities.


Note: Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA

  The WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group has released
  "Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA: Alternatives to Visual Turing Tests on the
  Web" as a Working Group Note. Requests for visual verification of a
  bitmapped image pose problems for those who are blind, have low vision
  or have a learning disability such as dyslexia. The note examines ways
  for systems to test for human users while preserving access for users
  with disabilities.


Working Drafts: Compound Document Framework and WICD Profiles

  The Compound Document Formats Working Group has released four Working
  Drafts: the "Compound Document by Reference Framework 1.0," "WICD Core
  1.0," "WICD Full 1.0," and "WICD Mobile 1.0." The drafts describe
  behavior for audio, video, images, fonts, layout, events, scripting,
  links and encoding when single documents contain multiple XML formats.
  Read about the Rich Web Clients Activity.


W3C/Keio Presents at SFC Open Research Forum in Tokyo

  SFC Open Research Forum (ORF) is an annual open house event of the Keio
  Research Institute of Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University, Japan.
  At W3C Forum in ORF 2005 on 22 November, Tatsuya Hagino chairs, Yoshio
  Fukushige presents the Semantic Web, Kazuyuki Ashimura presents voice
  browsing, and Felix Sasaki presents internationalization. An exhibition
  booth and open tutorials on 22-23 November introduce the Mobile Web
  Initiative, XHTML 2.0, XForms, Compound Document Formats,
  internationalization of Web services, and Semantic Web services.
  The event is open to interested companies and the general public.


W3C Continues ICANN Participation

  W3C is pleased to announce the nomination of Daniel Dardailler, W3C
  Associate Chair based in Europe, as W3C liaison to the Internet
  Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors.
  Thomas Roessler will serve on the 2006 ICANN Nominating Committee
  (NomCom). W3C's involvement in ICANN and in the post-WSIS forum, soon
  to be launched, should help preserve the operational stability of the
  Internet and the Web in a transparent and open way while ensuring its
  unfragmented growth based on contributions from the international
  community. Read About W3C.


Mobile Web Initiative Presents "Web on the Move"

  The Web on the Move was held on 15 November at the British Academy of
  Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London, UK. MWI sponsors attended
  and Michael Wilson, W3C UK and Ireland Office, was master of
  ceremonies. Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, sent a recorded welcome
  address (MP3 audio). Read the media advisory and about the Mobile Web
  Initiative, a concerted effort to make the Web interoperable and usable
  for users of mobile devices.


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