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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 17:13:58 -0400
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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2008-10-20 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

W3C Invites Community to Explore Future of Social Networking in

   Social networking is a complex, rapidly expanding, and in some
   cases, disruptive sector of the information economy. For example,
   user-generated content is causing changes in the traditional
   content/media industry structure. In the future, community features
   may well become an integral part of all digital experiences — from
   information/publishing to business and entertainment. Companies
   providing services for social media and social networking must
   anticipate barriers to industry growth and stability. W3C believes
   that now is the time for industry to gather to discuss their
   experience so far, and what barriers they foresee in the near- and
   medium-term. W3C therefore invites people to participate in a
   Workshop on the Future of Social Networking, to analyze risks and
   opportunities of the social networking industry, and to define plans
   for the future. The Workshop will be held 15-16 January 2009 in
   Barcelona (Spain) and is hosted by Universitat Politècnica de
   Catalunya and ReadyPeople. Anyone may attend, but position papers
   are required and are due November 20. Instructions for workshop
   registration/participation will be sent exclusively to authors of
   submitted position papers. Read more about the Workshop scope and
   sponsorship opportunities.


Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces Fifth Working Draft Published

   The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has published an updated
   Working Draft of "Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces (MMI
   Architecture)," which defines a loosely coupled architecture for
   multimodal user interfaces. The main change in this draft is the
   addition of the rules and guidelines which will allow modality
   experts to describe the features, capabilities and APIs for specific
   modality components in sufficient detail so that the components will
   be interoperable in implementations of the Multimodal Architecture.
   The architecture envisioned by the Working Group will provide a
   general and flexible framework providing interoperability among
   modality-specific components from different vendors - for example,
   speech recognition from one vendor and handwriting recognition from
   another. Learn more about W3C's Multimodal Interaction Activity.


Last Call: Media Queries

   The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published the
   Last Call Working Draft of "Media Queries." HTML4 and CSS2
   currently support media-dependent style sheets tailored for
   different media types. For example, a document may use sans-serif
   fonts when displayed on a screen and serif fonts when printed.
   'screen' and 'print' are two media types that have been defined.
   Media queries extend the functionality of media types by allowing
   more precise labeling of style sheets. Comments are welcome through
   21 November. Learn more about the Style Activity.


Requirements of Japanese Text Layout Draft Published

   Participants from four W3C Groups — CSS, Internationalization Core,
   SVG and XSL Working Groups — as part of the Japanese Layout Task
   Force published an update of "Requirements of Japanese Text Layout"
   . This document describes requirements for general Japanese layout
   realized with technologies like CSS, SVG and XSL-FO. The document is
   mainly based on a standard for Japanese layout, JIS X 4051. However,
   it also addresses areas which are not covered by JIS X 4051. This
   draft contains most of the material which the task force intends to
   publish as a Group Note in December 2008. A "Japanese version" is
   also available. Learn more about W3C's Internationalization


RDFa in XHTML: Syntax and Processing Is a W3C Recommendation; RDFa
Primer Updated

   The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and the XHTML2 Working
   Group published the W3C Recommendation "RDFa in XHTML: Syntax and
   Processing." This specification allows publishers to express
   structured data on the Web within XHTML. This allows tools to read
   it, enabling a new world of user functionality, allowing users to
   transfer structured data between applications and web sites, and
   allowing browsing applications to improve the user experience. For
   those looking for an introduction to the use of RDFa and some
   real-world examples, please consult the updated "RDFa Primer."
   Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity and the HTML Activity.


W3C Standard Simplifies Creation of Speech-Enabled Web Applications

   W3C published today a standard that will simplify the development of
   Web applications that speak and listen to users. The "Pronunciation
   Lexicon Specification (PLS) 1.0" is the newest piece of W3C's Speech
   Interface Framework for creating Web applications driven by voice
   and speech. PLS can reduce the cost of developing these applications
   by allowing people to share and reuse pronunciation dictionaries.
   "There are 10 times as many phones in the world as connected PCs.
   Phones will become the major portal to the Web," said James A.
   Larson, co-Chair of the Voice Browser Working Group, which produced
   the new standard. Read the press release and testimonials, and learn
   more about the W3C Voice Browser Activity.


W3C Organizes Workshop on Speaker Biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0

   W3C invites people to participate in a Workshop on Speaker
   biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0 on 5-6 March 2009 in Menlo Park,
   California (USA), hosted by SRI International. Attendees will
   discuss directions for Speaker Identification and Verification (SIV)
   standards work, and in particular, requirements for SIV and SIV
   standards relevant to VoiceXML 3.0. The goal of the Workshop is to
   help the Voice Browser Working Group integrate existing and
   in-process standards with VoiceXML 3.0 specification and make the
   specification more useful in current and emerging markets. Position
   papers are due 18 December 2008. Read about "Voice Extensible Markup
   Language (VoiceXML) 3.0 Requirements," Voice Browser and learn more
   about W3C Workshops.

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Upcoming Meetings

     * W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking, 15-16 January
     * W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Energy Industries; Part I: Oil &
       Gas, 9-10 December
     * W3C Workshop on Security for Access to Device APIs from the Web,
       10-11 December
     * W3C Workshop on Speaker Biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0 , 5-6 March
     * More About Workshops...
     * W3C Membership Meeting Calendar...

Upcoming Talks 

     * 14 October, Las Vegas, NV, USA: Getting Real with Accesibility.
       Shawn Henry presents at Web Builder 2.0.
     * 16 October, Bålsta, Sweden: Klarspråk och förståelighet på
       webben - webben som utmaning och möjlighet. Olle Olsson presents
       at Klarspråkskonferensen 2008.
     * 17 October, Poznan, Poland: The Policy-Aware Web meets Virtual
       Goods. Renato Iannella gives a keynote at 6th International
       Workshop for Technical, Economic and Legal Aspects of Business
       Models for Virtual Goods.
     * 26 October, Karlsruhe, Germany: RDFa—Bridging the Web of
       Documents and the Web of Data. Michael Hausenblas, Ivan Herman,
       Ben Adida give a tutorial at 7th International Semantic Web
       Conference (ISWC2008).
     * 30 October, Moscow, Russia: Сделаем интернет доступным всем и
       каждому. Shawn Henry presents at User eXperience 2008.
     * 30 October, Potsdam, Germany: Aspekte der Nachhaltigkeit von
       Webressourcen: Services, Datenheterogenität und
       Identifizierbarkeit. Felix Sasaki presents at University of
       Applied Sciences, Potsdam.
     * 31 October, Moscow, Russia: Стандарты Web Accessibility:
       Фундамент для международного сотрудничества и локального
       внедрения. Shawn Henry presents at User eXperience 2008.
     * 5 November, Aarhus, Denmark: E-gov and the citizen -
       transformation by new technology. Olle Olsson presents at
     * 6 November, Monterrey, Mexico: Improving government through
       better use of the Web. José Manuel Alonso gives a keynote at
       Seminario Internacional de Usabilidad y Accesibilidad para la
       Web 2008.
     * 14 November, Paris, France: La mode se démode, le Style jamais.
       Daniel Glazman presents at Paris Web 2008.
     * 18 November, Sophia Antipolis, France: The W3C Multimodal
       Architecture. Ingmar Kliche presents at ETSI Workshop on
       Multimodal Interaction on Mobile Devices .
     * 28 November, Berlin, Germany: Towards eGovernment 2.0 through
       better use of the Web. José Manuel Alonso gives a keynote at
       E-Government-Standards Kongress.
     * 4 December, Malmö, Sweden: Standarder och Open Source. Olle
       Olsson presents at DFS-seminarium.
     * 5 December, Turn, Italy: Overlapping User Experiences: Mobile
       Web Usability and Accessibility for People with Disabilities.
       Shawn Henry presents at UPA Europe 2008, Usability and design:
       cultivating diversity.
     * 6 December, Turin, Italy: How New Web Accessibility Standards
       Impact User Experience Design . Shawn Henry presents at UPA
       Europe 2008, Usability and design: cultivating diversity.
     * View upcoming talks by country
     * More talks...

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