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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 08:48:43 -0400
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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2009-08-18 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

>From Chaos, Order: SKOS Recommendation Helps Organize Knowledge

   Today W3C announces a new standard that builds a bridge between the
   world of knowledge organization systems - including thesauri,
   classifications, subject headings, taxonomies, and folksonomies -
   and the linked data community, bringing benefits to both. Libraries,
   museums, newspapers, government portals, enterprises, social
   networking applications, and other communities that manage large
   collections of books, historical artifacts, news reports, business
   glossaries, blog entries, and other items can now use "Simple
   Knowledge Organization System (SKOS)" to leverage the power of
   linked data. The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group also
   published today two Group Notes with the Recommendation, updating
   the "SKOS Primer" and "SKOS Use Cases and Requirements." Read the
   press release and testimonials and learn more about the Semantic Web


Call for Review: XForms 1.1 Proposed Recommendation Published

   The Forms Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of
   "XForms 1.1." XForms is not a free-standing document type, but is
   intended to be integrated into other markup languages, such as
   XHTML, ODF or SVG. XForms 1.1 refines the XML processing platform
   introduced by XForms 1.0 by adding several new submission
   capabilities, action handlers, utility functions, user interface
   improvements, and helpful datatypes as well as a more powerful
   action processing facility, including conditional, iterated and
   background execution, the ability to manipulate data arbitrarily and
   to access event context information. Comments are welcome through 22
   September. Learn more about the XForms Activity.


Last Call: Widgets 1.0: APIs and Events

   The Web Applications Working Group has published a Last Call Working
   Draft of "Widgets 1.0: APIs and Events." Widgets are full-fledged
   client-side applications that are authored using Web standards.
   Examples range from simple clocks, stock tickers, news streamers,
   games and weather forecasters, to complex applications that pull
   data from multiple sources to be "mashed-up" and presented to a user
   in some interesting and useful way. The APIs and Events
   specification defines a set of APIs and events for the Widgets 1.0
   family of specifications. Comments are welcome through 15 September.
   Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.


Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Third Edition) is a W3C Proposed Edited

   The XML Core Working Group has published the " Third Edition of
   Namespaces in XML 1.0" as W3C Proposed Edited Recommendation. XML
   Namespaces provide a simple method for qualifying element and
   attribute names used in Extensible Markup Language documents by
   associating them with namespaces identified by URI references. The
   Third Edition as proposed incorporates all outstanding errata. The
   review period is open until 14 September 2009. Learn more about the
   XML Activity.


Last Call for Widgets 1.0: Access Requests Policy

   The Web Applications Working Group has published a Last Call Working
   Draft of " Widgets 1.0: Access Requests Policy." This specification
   defines the security model controlling network access from within a
   widget, as well as a method for widget authors to request that the
   user agent grant access to certain network resources. Comments are
   welcome through 20 September 2009. Learn more about the Rich Web
   Client Activity.


CSSOM View Module: Updated Working Draft

   The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published an
   updated " Working Draft of CSSOM View Module." This specification
   describes APIs that should be useful for Web application authors.
   The APIs inspect and manipulate the view information of a document,
   such as the position of element layout boxes, the width of the
   viewport, and also an element's scroll position. Learn more about
   the Style Activity.


Six XML Security Documents Published

   The XML Security Working Group published six documents related to
   XML signature and encryption. XML Signatures provide integrity,
   message authentication, and/or signer authentication services for
   data of any type, whether located within the XML that includes the
   signature or elsewhere.
     * "XML Signature Best Practices." This Working Draft describes
       best practices related to improving security and mitigating
       attacks, yet others are for best practices in the practical use
       of XML Signature, such as signing XML that doesn't use
       namespaces, for example.
     * "XML Signature Syntax and Processing Version 1.1." This Working
       Draft updates the signature specification.
     * "XML Signature Transform Simplification: Requirements and
       Design." This Working Draft outlines a proposed simplification
       of the XML Signature Transform mechanism, intended to enhance
       security, performance, streamability and to ease adoption.
     * "W3C XML Encryption Syntax and Processing Version 1.1." This
       Working Draft updates the encryption specification.
     * "XML Security Generic Hybrid Ciphers." This First Public
       Working Draft augments XML Encryption Version 1.1 by defining
       algorithms, XML types and elements necessary to enable use of
       generic hybrid ciphers in XML Security applications.
     * "XML Security Algorithm Cross-Reference." This Group Note
       collects the various known URIs for encryption algorithms (at
       the time of its publication) and indicates which specifications
       define them.

   Learn more about the Security Activity.


Daniel Weitzner Named to Run US Government Internet Policy Unit

   Daniel Weitzner has been named Associate Administrator for the
   Office of Policy Analysis and Development at the US National
   Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Danny will
   have a leading role in fulfilling the NTIA's mandate to provide the
   President advice on telecommunications and information policy

   Danny will thus be leaving the W3C staff, which he joined in 1998 as
   the Technology and Society Domain Lead. During these 11 years, Danny
   has contributed significantly to advances in many areas where policy
   meets technology, including privacy, security, intellectual
   property, and trust. As Chair of the Patent Policy Working Group,
   Danny led the effort that culminated in W3C's Royalty-Free Patent
   Policy, now a cornerstone of W3C's value proposition to the Web

   Before joining the W3C, Danny was co-founder and Deputy Director of
   the Center for Democracy and Technology and was Deputy Policy
   Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Danny is also
   Director of the the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group with
   Tim Berners- Lee and a founding director of the Web Science Research
   Initiative and holds an appointment as Principal Research Scientist
   at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

   While W3C regrets that Danny will be stepping down from W3C, it is
   encouraging that US policy may well be shaped by someone who has
   demonstrated a commitment to open standards as a tool for improving
   society. Danny, good luck!

   Past home page news...


W3C Questions and Answers Blog 
     * Ecosystem for investors, upcoming workshop by Dave Raggett
     * TAG Status Report: July, 2009 by Noah Mendelsohn
     * Past Q&A Blog ...

Upcoming Meetings

     * Improving Access to Financial Data on the Web, 5-6 October
     * More About Workshops...
     * W3C Membership Meeting Calendar...

Upcoming Talks 

     * 26 August, New York, USA: Improving Dialogs with EMMA. Deborah
       Dahl presents at SpeechTEK.
     * 26 August, Hanoi, Viet Nam: Web 2.0 and Beyond. Dominique
       Hazaël-Massieux presents at WITFOR 2009.
     * 29 August, Nanjing, China: Introduction to the Semantic Web.
       Ivan Herman gives a tutorial at 第三届中国语义万维网研讨会 (CSWS 2009).
     * 30 August, Nanjing, China: State of the Semantic Web. Ivan
       Herman gives a keynote at 第三届中国语义万维网研讨会 (CSWS 2009).
     * 2 September, Florence, Italy: Web Accessibility and Older
       People. Andrew Arch, Shadi Abou-Zahra present at AAATE
     * 4 September, Bristol, United Kingdom: Web Accessibility Benefits
       Older Users. Andrew Arch, Shadi Abou-Zahra present at British
       Society of Gerontology 38th Conference.
     * 15 September, Durban, South Africa: M-government: anytime,
       anywhere connected citizen. Vagner Diniz presents at GovTech
     * 16 September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Mobile web
       development: why so many platforms? How to make a choice? .
       François Daoust, Nick Allot (OMTP) present at WIPJAM@OSiM.
     * 17 September, London, United Kingdom: Improving the web
       experience for older people. Andrew Arch, Shadi Abou-Zahra
       present at Techshare 2009.
     * 21 October, London, United Kingdom: Browser Standardization.
       Philipp Hoschka participates in a panel at Mobile Web and
       Applications 2009.
     * 29 October, Chicago, IL, USA: WAI-ARIA Introduction: Making
       Advanced Websites and Web Applications Accessible. Shawn Henry
       presents at ATIA 2009 Chicago.
     * 30 October, Chicago, IL, USA: Web Accessibility Standards and
       Guidelines Update 2009. Shawn Henry presents at ATIA 2009
     * 4 November, San Francisco, USA: Apps in the Cloud. Philipp
       Hoschka participates in a panel at Open Mobile Summit ‘09.
     * 11 November, Berlin, Germany: Mobile Web 2.0. Philipp Hoschka
       presents at 5th International FOKUS IMS Workshop 2009.
     * 13 March 2010, Prague, Czech Republic: XML Prague 2010. Mohamed
       ZERGAOUI is at XML Prague 2010.
     * View upcoming talks by country
     * More talks...

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