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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2008-04-21 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

W3C Welcomes Members at Advisory Committee Meeting in Beijing

   W3C holds its semiannual Advisory Committee Meeting on 21-22 April
   in Beijing, China. W3C Member organizations participate in two days
   of discussions and strategic planning about W3C Activities and
   future work. The meeting takes place alongside WWW2008; you are
   invited to the W3C Track at WWW2008. The media are invited to a
   press conference with Tim Berners-Lee on 23 April at 3pm local time.
   Learn how to become a W3C Member and attend the next Advisory
   Committee Meeting in November 2008 (part of Technical Plenary Week)
   in Cannes, France.


SVG Working and Interest Groups Chartered

   W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the SVG Working Group.
   Erik Dahlström (Opera Software ASA) and Andrew Emmons (W3C Invited
   Expert) continue to chair the group, which is chartered to work in
   public to continue the evolution of Scalable Vector Graphics as a
   format and a platform, and enhance the adoption and usability of SVG
   in combination with other technologies. A new SVG Interest Group is
   also chartered to foster the widespread discussion of Scalable
   Vector Graphics as a format and a platform, to gather requirements,
   and enhance the adoption and usability of SVG in combination with
   other technologies. Learn more about Scalable Vector Graphics.


Feedback Sought on Web Compatibility Test for Mobile Browsers

   The Mobile Web Test Suites Working Group has released a stable
   version of its Web Compatibility Test for Mobile Browsers, and has
   sent an invitation to the community to share reports of browser
   support and other feedback on the test itself. Read more about the
   design of the test. Read more about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.


Three RIF Working Drafts Published

   The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group published three
   drafts today:
     * "RIF Basic Logic Dialect (RIF-BLD)"
     * "RIF Framework for Logic Dialects (RIF-FLD)"
     * "RIF RDF and OWL Compatibility (RIF-RDF-OWL)"

   These drafts help solidify the "pure logic rules" branch of RIF,
   which is distinct from the "production rules" branch (on which a
   Working Draft is expected within the next 6 months). Both branches
   share "RIF Core" (also expected within the next 6 months). The
   Framework document (FLD) specifies how the various logic dialects
   relate, while the Basic Logic Dialect (BLD) provides an interlingua
   for rule languages providing approximately "Horn" expressivity. The
   third document specifies how BLD can be logically combined with RDF
   and OWL. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.


ISOC-IL New Host of W3C Israel Office

   W3C is pleased to announce that the Israel Chapter of the Internet
   Society (ISOC-IL) is the new host of the W3C Israel Office. Ori Idan
   will manage the Office from ISOC-IL. W3C wishes to thank Michel
   Bercovier and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for hosting the W3C
   Israel Office since 1999; Michel will remain involved as senior
   advisor. Learn more about the the W3C Offices, which promote
   adoption of W3C Recommendations in local regions among developers,
   application builders, and other regional stake-holders.


Last Call: The XMLHttpRequest Object

   The Web API Working Group has published the Last Call Working Draft
   of "The XMLHttpRequest Object." The XMLHttpRequest Object
   specification defines an API that provides scripted client
   functionality for transferring data between a client and a server.
   Comments are welcome through 2 June. Learn more about the Rich Web
   Client Activity.


Delivery Context Ontology Draft Published

   The Ubiquitous Web Applications Working Group has published a
   Working Draft of "Delivery Context Ontology." The Delivery Context
   Ontology provides a formal model of the characteristics of the
   environment in which devices interact with the Web or other
   services. The delivery context is an important source of information
   that can be used to adapt materials to make them useable on a wide
   range of different devices with different capabilities. The delivery
   context includes the characteristics of the device, the software
   used to access the service and the network providing the connection
   among others. This document describes the ontology (using "OWL" )
   and gives details of each property that it contains. Learn more
   about the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.


Web Services Internationalization Draft Published

   The Internationalization Core Working Group has published a Working
   Draft of "Web Services Internationalization (WS-I18N)." This
   document describes enhancements to "SOAP messaging" to provide
   internationalized and localized operations using locale and
   international preferences. These mechanisms can be used to
   accommodate a wide variety of development models for international
   usage. Learn more about the Internationalization Activity.


Device Description Repository Core Vocabulary Group Note Published

   The Mobile Web Initiative Device Description Working Group has
   published a Group Note of "Device Description Repository Core
   Vocabulary." This document identifies properties that are
   considered essential for adaptation of content in the Mobile Web.
   Its intended use is to define a baseline Vocabulary for Device
   Description Repository (DDR) implementations. The Vocabulary defined
   in this document is not intended to represent an exhaustive set of
   properties for content adaptation. DDR Implementations that require
   additional properties are free to make use of additional
   vocabularies. The process of creating a new Vocabulary can be
   modeled on the process described in this document. Learn more about
   the Mobile Web Initiative Activity.


Incubator Group Report: Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web

   The Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web Incubator Group
   published their final report. The document includes a set of use
   case descriptions that illustrate situations for reasoning under
   uncertainty; some of the use cases include comprehensive information
   and details on how uncertainty would help to address issues that
   cannot be properly addressed with current deterministic approaches.
   The document also identifies methodologies that may be applied to
   address the use cases and that show promise as candidate solutions
   for uncertainty reasoning on the scale of the World Wide Web. This
   publication is part of the Incubator Activity, a forum where W3C
   Members can innovate and experiment. This work is not on the W3C
   standards track.


Incubator Group Report: Common Web Language

   The Common Web Language Incubator Group published their final
   report. The goal of the Common Web Language (CWL) is to allow the
   exchange of information through the Web and also for enabling
   computers to process information semantically. CWL allows people to
   describe contents and meta-data of Web pages written in natural
   language; the language seeks to lower language barriers and to
   facilitate the automatic extraction of information from Web pages.
   This publication is part of the Incubator Activity, a forum where
   W3C Members can innovate and experiment. This work is not on the W3C
   standards track.

   Past home page news...


W3C Questions and Answers Blog 
     * Is your (mobile) browser ready for the Web? by Dominique
     * Proposed Activity for Video on the Web by Philippe Le Hégaret
     * Past Q&A Blog ...

Upcoming Meetings

     * Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social
       Development, 2-3 June
     * More About Workshops...
     * W3C Membership Meeting Calendar...

WWW 2008

   Multiple presenters will be at The 17th International World Wide Web
   Conference (WWW2008) in Beijing, China:

21 April

     * RDFa: Extensible Structured Data in HTML, by Ben Adida, Elias
       Torres, Ivan Herman
     * Producing XML that works internationally, by Richard Ishida,
       Felix Sasaki
     * Introduction to the Semantic Web (through an example…), by Ivan

23 April

     * W3C booth, by Marie-Claire Forgue
     * Geolocation in the Mobile Web , by Dave Raggett
     * International Domain Names, by Tina Dam
     * A World of Stakeholders: Lessons from Global Outreach, by Daniel
     * News from W3C's Mobile Web Initiative, by Dominique
     * What you Need to Know to Reach a Chinese Audience?, by Richard
     * Adopting International Standards Locally: The Importance of
       Harmonization , by Judy Brewer
     * Making a Web Site Accessible Both for Mobile Devices and for
       People with Disabilities, by Henny Swan
     * Internationalizing Speech Synthesis, by Zhi Wei Shuang
     * Semantic Web Development in China, by Huajun Chen
     * Managing Online Video (or Multimedia) Content with the Semantic
       Web, by Raphaël Troncy
     * Localization and Internationalization of Layout on the Web, by
       Paul Nelson
     * Mobile Web in Rural China, by Stéphane Boyera
     * Linking Open Data, by Chris Bizer, Tom Heath, Tim Berners-Lee

24 April

     * Standards and mobile applications, services and widgets, by Art
     * Video on the Web, by Philippe Le Hégaret
     * Designing the Web for All of Society, by Shawn Henry
     * POWDER Use Cases, by Kai-Dietrich Scheppe
     * Web applications security issues, by Thomas Roessler
     * Web Usage in China, by Weihan Liu
     * Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web, by
       José Manuel Alonso
     * HTML 5, the future of Web Content, by Michael Smith
     * Accessibility for rich Web applications, by Lisa Pappas
     * Wicked Wide Web: Integrating Documents and Devices, by Doug

Upcoming Talks 

     * 21 April, Geneva, Switzerland: Web Accessibility Guidelines, in
       panel on accessible content and services: addressing information
       deprivation (via teleconference). Judy Brewer participates in a
       panel at The Convention on the Rights of Persons with
       Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities for ICT Standards.
     * 22 April, Beijing, China: Looking To The Future: Web
       Accessibility, Ageing, and Emerging Web Trends. Shadi Abou-Zahra
       gives a keynote at W4A 2008.
     * 23 April, Rabat, Morocco: L’Importance des Standards Ouverts
       pour l'Interopérabilité . Najib Tounsi presents at Atelier
       International «Développement de l’administration électronique :
       Rôle et importance de l’interopérabilité des SI de
     * 23 April, beijing, China: A World of Stakeholders: Lessons from
       Global Outreach. Daniel Dardailler presents at W3C Track
     * 24 April, Beijing, China: The Future of Web Applications. Tim
       Berners-Lee gives a keynote at The 17th International World Wide
       Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 24 April, Beijing, China: Building a More Secure Browser.
       Mary-Ellen Zurko presents at W3C Track, The 17th International
       World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 26 April, Budapest, Hungary: [title TBD]. Bert Bos presents at
       Magyarországi Web Konferencia 2008.
     * 6 May, Gelsenkirchen, Germany: Verordnete (Barriere-)Freiheit.
       Shadi Abou-Zahra participates in a panel at Einfach-für-Alle
     * 6 May, Dublin, Ireland: XForms 1.1. Steven Pemberton gives a
       tutorial at XTech 2008.
     * 8 May, Dublin, Ireland: CSS Advanced Layout is not only for big
       grids. Bert Bos presents at XTech 2008.
     * 8 May, Dublin, Ireland: Why you should have a Website. Steven
       Pemberton presents at XTech 2008.
     * 14 May, Stockholm, Sweden: Internationalisering och lokalisering
       -- språk på webben. Olle Olsson presents at Språk och Internet.
     * 18 May, San Jose, CA, USA: State of the Semantic Web. Ivan
       Herman presents at 2008 Semantic Technology Conference.
     * 19 May, Canberra, Australia: Improving Government through better
       use of the Web. José Manuel Alonso gives a keynote at Web
       Directions South: Government.
     * 20 May, Barcelona, Spain: Fast Forward: Get Ready for Web 3.0.
       Steve Bratt gives a keynote at bdigital Global Congress.
     * 22 May, San Jose, CA, USA: Bringing SemTech Back to the
       Business. Ivan Herman participates in a panel at 2008 Semantic
       Technology Conference.
     * 27 May, London, United Kingdom: One Big Happy Family: Practical
       Collaboration on Meaningful Markup . Dan Brickley presents at
       Microformats vEvent.
     * 2 June, Västerås, Sweden: Framtidssäkra eFörvaltningen. Olle
       Olsson participates in a panel at Offentliga Rummet 2008.
     * 17 June, New York, NY, USA: Web of Data. Tim Berners-Lee
       presents at LinkedData Planet Conference: exploring the new web
       of linked data.
     * 18 June, Nancy, France: State of the Semantic Web. Ivan Herman
       gives a keynote at 19èmes Journées Francophones d'Ingénierie des
       Connaissances (IC2008).
     * 19 June, Baltimore, Maryland, USA: How New Web Accessibility
       Standards Impact User Experience Design. Shawn Henry presents at
       Usability Professionals' Association International Conference
     * View upcoming talks by country
     * More talks...

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