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W3C Public Newsletter, 2008-03-17

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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2008-03-17 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

Mobile Technologies for Sustaining Development Focus of Workshop

   W3C invites people to participate in a Workshop on the Role of
   Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development in São Paulo,
   Brazil, on 2-3 June 2008. W3C intends for this public Workshop to be
   a multidisciplinary forum where mobile and Web technology experts,
   NGO specialists, and egovernment representatives gather to learn
   more about the specific needs, expectations, and challenges of
   deploying services for underprivileged populations. Position papers
   are due 20 April. Read the press release and learn more about the
   W3C Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) and the Digital World Forum project.


Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1

   The Voice Browser Working Group has published an updated Working
   Draft of "Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1,"
   part of the W3C framework for enabling access to the Web using
   spoken interaction. SSML provides a rich, XML-based markup language
   for assisting the generation of synthetic speech in Web and other
   applications. It provides a standard way to control aspects of
   speech such as pronunciation, volume, pitch, rate, etc. across
   different synthesis-capable platforms. See the "list of changes" in
   this draft and learn more about W3C's Voice Browser Activity.


RDFa Primer

   The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and the XHTML2 Working
   Group have jointly published an updated Working Draft of the "RDFa
   Primer 1.0." The primer is an introduction to "RDFa," a method for
   embedding structured data in XHTML. "Changes" in this draft align it
   with the the interpretation of the @src attribute as specified in
   the "21 February 2008 RDFa Syntax Last Call Working Draft." Visit
   the XHTML2 and Semantic Web home pages.


Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER): Description Resources

   The Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) Working Group
   published an updated Working Draft of "Protocol for Web Description
   Resources (POWDER): Description Resources." The purpose of the
   "Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER)" is to provide a
   means to describe a group of resources through the publication of
   machine-readable metadata, as motivated by the "POWDER Use Cases."
   The current document sets out how Description Resources (DRs) can be
   created and published, whether individually or as bulk data, how to
   link to DRs from other online resources, and, crucially, how DRs may
   be authenticated and trusted. The aim is to provide a platform
   through which opinions, claims and assertions about online resources
   can be expressed by people and exchanged by machines. Learn more
   about the Semantic Web Activity.


SVG Open 2008 Conference and Exhibition

   SVG Open 2008, the 6th International Conference on Scalable Vector
   Graphics, will be held at the Maritim Hotel conference center in
   Nuremberg, Germany on 26-28 August 2008, with additional workshops
   on 29 August. Co-sponsored by W3C, the SVG Open conference series is
   the premier forum for SVG designers, developers, and implementors to
   share ideas, experiences, products, and strategies. The W3C SVG
   Working Group and W3C staff members Chris Lilley and Doug Schepers
   will participate. Proposals for presentation abstracts and course
   outlines are welcome through 31 March. Early-bird registration is
   now open, with a 25% discount for W3C Members. Learn more about the
   W3C Graphics Activity


Mauro Nunez Named W3C Business Manager

   W3C has named Mauro Nunez W3C Business Manager. This is a broadening
   of his initial position as North American Business Manager, and
   incorporates the already broader role that Mauro has assumed at the
   Consortium since he was hired in October 2006. Mauro's primary
   objective will be to foster a business and operating environment
   that is cost-effective, productive and positive, across all W3C
   operating locations. Please join us in congratulating Mauro on his
   new role at W3C.


W3C Invites Implementations of XQuery Update Facility 1.0 (Candidate

   The XML Query Working Group has published the Candidate
   Recommendation of "XQuery Update Facility 1.0." This document
   defines an update facility that extends the "XML Query language,
   XQuery." The XQuery Update Facility provides expressions that can
   be used to make persistent changes (including node insertion,
   deletion, modification, and creation) to instances of the XQuery 1.0
   and XPath 2.0 Data Model. The Working Group also published today two
   additional documents that will become Working Group notes: " XQuery
   Update Facility 1.0 Requirements" and "XQuery Update Facility 1.0
   Use Cases." Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML)


User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0: Comments Welcome on
First Public Working Draft

   The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published
   a first public Working Draft of the "User Agent Accessibility
   Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0." UAAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of
   browsers and media players and their interoperability with assistive
   technologies. It will cover more advanced Web technologies than
   "UAAG 1.0." Read the invitation to review the UAAG 2.0 Working
   Draft and about the Web Accessibility Initiative.

   Past home page news...


W3C Questions and Answers Blog 
     * Telephone Game about the Semantic Web by Ian Jacobs
     * HTML WG members working together by Karl Dubost
     * W3C reaches its 1000th translation! by Mauro Nunez
     * 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...

W3C Track at WWW2008

   Multiple presenters will be at W3C Track, The 17th International
   World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008) in Beijing, China:

23 April

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

24 April

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

Upcoming Talks 

     * 15 March, Los Angeles, USA: How Web Accessibility Guidelines
       Apply to Design for the Ageing Population. Shadi Abou-Zahra,
       Andrew Arch present at CSUN 2008.
     * 17 March, Geneva, Switzerland: Video on the Web at W3C. Philippe
       Le Hégaret presents at Media Distribution over Open Internet.
     * 1 April, Berlin, Germany: Analysing The Importance Of
       Standardisation In Driving Mobile Internet Usage. Philipp
       Hoschka presents at Mobile Internet.
     * 21 April, Beijing, China: RDFa: Extensible Structured Data in
       HTML. Ben Adida, Elias Torres, Ivan Herman give a tutorial at
       The 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 21 April, Beijing, China: Producing XML that works
       internationally. Richard Ishida, Felix Sasaki give a tutorial at
       The 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 21 April, Beijing, China: Introduction to the Semantic Web
       (through an example). Ivan Herman gives a tutorial at The 17th
       International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 23 April, Beijing, China: W3C booth. Marie-Claire Forgue is at
       The 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 24 April, Beijing, China: Web Usage in China. Weihan Liu
       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, 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.
     * 19 May, Canberra, Australia: Improving Government through better
       use of the Web. José Manuel Alonso gives a keynote at Web
       Directions South: Government.
     * 17 June, New York, NY, USA: Web of Data. Tim Berners-Lee
       presents at LinkedData Planet Conference: exploring the new web
       of connected 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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