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W3C Public Newsletter, 2008-12-01

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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2008-12-01 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

SMIL 3.0 Advances Standard for Synchronized Multimedia

   Today W3C announced a new standard to make it easier to author
   interactive multimedia presentations. "Synchronized Multimedia
   Integration Language (SMIL 3.0)" allows video, audio, images, text,
   and hypertext links to be combined into interactive presentations,
   with fine-grain control of layout and timing. "The importance of
   SMIL 3.0 is that it contains a set of user-requested features that
   provide exciting new functionality, while retaining all the
   advantages of a declarative (that is, without scripting) approach to
   building a multimedia presentation," said Dick Bulterman, chair of
   the Synchronized Multimedia Working Group, which published the
   specification. Read the full press release, testimonials, and learn
   more about the Synchronized Multimedia Activity.


Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 Fifth Edition Is a W3C

   The XML Core Working Group has published the W3C Recommendation of
   "Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Fifth Edition)." This fifth
   edition of the widely deployed standard XML incorporates corrections
   to errata found in previous versions. In particular, one correction
   relaxes the restrictions on element and attribute names, thereby
   providing in XML 1.0 the major end user benefit currently achievable
   only by using XML 1.1. As a consequence, many possible documents
   that were not well-formed according to previous editions of this
   specification are now well-formed, and previously invalid documents
   using the newly-allowed name characters in, for example, ID
   attributes, are now valid. XML has been designed for ease of
   implementation and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML.
   Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.


W3C Invites Implementations of XProc: An XML Pipeline Language

   The XML Processing Model Working Group invites implementation of the
   Candidate Recommendation of "XProc: An XML Pipeline Language." This
   specification describes the syntax and semantics of XProc, a
   language for describing operations to be performed on XML documents.
   A pipeline consists of steps. Like pipelines, steps take zero or
   more XML documents as their inputs and produce zero or more XML
   documents as their outputs. The inputs of a step come from the web,
   from the pipeline document, from the inputs to the pipeline itself,
   or from the outputs of other steps in the pipeline. Learn more about
   the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.


W3C Invites Implementations of Service Modeling Language, Version 1.1
and Service Modeling Language Interchange Format Version 1.1

   The Service Modeling Language Working Group invites implementation
   of the Candidate Recommendations of "Service Modeling Language,
   Version 1.1" and "Service Modeling Language Interchange Format
   Version 1.1." The former defines the Service Modeling Language,
   Version 1.1 (SML) used to model complex services and systems,
   including their structure, constraints, policies, and best
   practices. The latter defines the interchange format for SML 1.1
   models. This format identifies the model being interchanged,
   distinguishes between model definition documents and model instance
   documents, and defines the binding of rule documents with other
   documents in the interchange model. Learn more about the Extensible
   Markup Language (XML) Activity.


Incubator Group Report: Elements of an EmotionML 1.0

   The Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group published their final
   report. As the web is becoming ubiquitous, interactive, and
   multimodal, technology needs to deal increasingly with human
   factors, including emotions. The report provides elements for an
   Emotion Markup Language striking a balance between scientific
   well-foundedness and practical applicability. The language is
   conceived as a "plug-in" language suitable for use in three
   different areas: (1) manual annotation of data; (2) automatic
   recognition of emotion-related states from user behaviour; and (3)
   generation of emotion-related system behaviour. 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


Last Call: W3C XML Schema Definition Language (XSD): Component

   The XML Schema Working Group has published the Last Call Working
   Draft of "W3C XML Schema Definition Language (XSD): Component
   Designators." XML Schema: Component Designators defines a scheme
   for identifying XML Schema components as specified by XML Schema
   Part 1: Structures and XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes. Comments are
   welcome through 19 January. Learn more about the Extensible Markup
   Language (XML) Activity.


Workshop in Mozambique Continues W3C Focus on Mobile Technologies in
Fostering Development

   W3C announced a Workshop on Africa Perspective on the Role of Mobile
   Technologies in Fostering Social and Economic Development, April 1-2
   2009, in Maputo, Mozambique. Participants will explore ways to
   fulfill the potential of mobile phones as a platform for deploying
   development-oriented ICT services towards the poorest segments of
   populations in developing countries, with an emphasis on the African
   context. The Workshop is open to the public; learn how to
   participate. You may also become a Workshop Sponsor to help support
   the participation of those with expertise who might not otherwise be
   able to attend due to travel or other costs. The Workshop is hosted
   by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of
   Mozambique and is organized as part of the Digital World Forum
   project (European Union's FP7). Read the press release and learn
   more about W3C's Mobile Web Initiative (MWI).

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W3C Questions and Answers Blog 
     * Interview: Dan Appelquist on Vodafone, Mobile Web, and W3C
       Standards by Ian Jacobs
     * Past Q&A Blog ...

Upcoming Meetings

     * 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 the Future of Social Networking, 15-16 January
     * W3C Workshop on Speaker Biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0 , 5-6 March
     * Africa Perspective on the Role of Mobile Technologies in
       Fostering Social and Economic Development, 1-2 April 2009
     * More About Workshops...
     * W3C Membership Meeting Calendar...

Upcoming Talks 

     * 3 December, United Nations, New York City, USA: Perspectives
       from Policy Makers, Civil Society Organizations representing
       persons with disabilities, Industry and Standard Organizations.
       Judy Brewer participates in a panel at Seminar on Implementing
       the Digitial Accessibility Agenda of the Convention on the
       Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
     * 4 December, Llandudno, United Kingdom: Making the Web
       International. Richard Ishida presents at bloc.
     * 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.
     * 8 December, Boston, MA, USA: Web Accessibility for Everyone and
       Everything. Shawn Henry presents at Web Design World - Boston
     * 9 December, Boston, MA, USA: Accessibility in a Web 2.0 World.
       Shawn Henry presents at Web Design World - Boston 2008.
     * View upcoming talks by country
     * More talks...

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