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W3C Public Newsletter, 2009-08-31

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The 2009-08-31 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

W3C Announces Two New Co-Chairs for the HTML Working Group

   Tim Berners-Lee announced today that two people will join Sam Ruby
   (IBM) in co-Chairing the HTML Working Group: Paul Cotton (Microsoft)
   and Maciej Stachowiak (Apple). Chris Wilson has stepped down as
   co-Chair and indicated that he will be changing his focus to
   programmability in the web platform. As Berners-Lee wrote about this
   transition, "The work of this group is tremendously important to the
   Web. I am pleased that all three co-Chairs have taken on the
   responsibility for working closely with the editor and group to make
   HTML 5 a success." More information about the new Chairs is
   available in Berners-Lee's announcement. Learn more about the HTML
   Working Group.


Online Training Course: An Introduction to W3C's Mobile Web Best
Practices (Sep to Nov 2009)

   W3C announces today the next edition of its successful online course
   to introduce Web developers and designers to its Mobile Web Best
   Practices. The next session runs from 7 September to 9 November
   2009. W3C received very positive reviews from participants who
   attended the previous session, including:
     * "Every web developer should at least know the basics of mobile
       web development. So this is the course to take."
     * "The best starting point possible!"
     * "[The] tutor and student forum to discuss ideas or problems
       throughout the course was invaluable."

   W3C invites you to join the next session, where you will:
     * learn about the specific promises and challenges of the mobile
     * learn how to use W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices to design
       mobile-friendly Web content and to adapt existing content for
     * discover the relevant W3C resources for mobile Web design

   Participants have access to lectures and assignments that provide
   hands-on practical experience of using W3C's Mobile Web Best
   Practices. Participants will work with both W3C experts on this
   topic (the instructors) and peers who can share experiences about
   the real-world challenges of mobile Web design. More information is
   available about the course material (including a free sample),
   registration fee, and intended audience. Learn more about the Mobile
   Web Initiative.


SSML 1.1 Candidate Recommendation Updated

   The Voice Browser Working Group has updated the Candidate
   Recommendation of "Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version
   1.1." SSML is designed to provide a rich, XML-based markup language
   for assisting the generation of synthetic speech in Web and other
   applications. Although the Working Group has not formally identified
   any features as being at-risk, as a result of the previous
   publication, the Working Group now understands that some features
   may not receive adequate implementation experience. This draft
   identifies them in the "status section" and asks for feedback. A few
   editorial errors in the "previous draft" and the Implementation
   Report Plan document were also fixed. A list of "changes from the
   previous draft" is available. Learn more about the Voice Browser


HTML 5 Drafts Published

   The HTML Working Group has published Working Drafts of "HTML 5" and
   "HTML 5 differences from HTML 4." In HTML 5, new features are
   introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are
   introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices,
   and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance
   criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.
   "HTML 5 differences from HTML 4" describes the differences between
   HTML 4 and HTML 5 and provides some of the rationale for the
   changes. Learn more about HTML.


SVG Open 2009 Schedule Available; Early-Bird Registration Ends 31

   SVG Open 2009, the 7th International Conference on Scalable Vector
   Graphics, will be held 2-4 October, hosted by Google in Mountain
   View, California, with workshops hosted by IBM, on 5 October. The
   theme is "SVG Coming of Age", reflecting increased industry support
   and interest by Web designers and developers. The schedule and
   confirmed keynote speakers are now available. Over 70 presentations
   will be delivered by SVG experts from around the globe, on topics
   including script libraries, authoring tools, mobiles, Web mapping
   and geo-location services, and much more. Chris Lilley, Doug
   Schepers, and the W3C SVG Working Group will be participating. Learn
   more about W3C's SVG Activity.


Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 3.0 Draft Published

   The Voice Browser Working Group has published a Working Draft of
   "Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 3.0." This document
   specifies VoiceXML 3.0, a modular XML language for creating
   interactive media dialogs that feature synthesized speech,
   recognition of spoken and DTMF key input, telephony, mixed
   initiative conversations, and recording and presentation of a
   variety of media formats including digitized audio, and digitized
   video. A list of "changes from the previous draft" is available.
   Learn more about the Voice Browser Activity.


XMLHttpRequest Drafts Published

   The Web Applications Working Group has published updates to Working
   Drafts of "XMLHttpRequest" and "XMLHttpRequest Level 2." The
   XMLHttpRequest specification is part of the Web application
   technology stack, enabling Ajax-style development. XMLHttpRequest
   defines an API that provides scripted client functionality for
   transferring data between a client and a server. XMLHttpRequest
   Level 2 offers additional features, such as cross-origin requests,
   progress events, and the handling of byte streams for both sending
   and receiving. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.


W3C Relaunches Multimodal Interaction Working Group

   W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Multimodal
   Interaction Working Group to develop technology that enables users
   to use their preferred modes of interaction with the Web. Deborah
   Dahl (Invited Expert) chairs the group which is chartered to develop
   open standards to adapt to device, user and environmental
   conditions, and to allow multiple modes of Web interaction including
   GUI, speech, vision, pen, gestures, haptic interfaces, sensor data,
   etc. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read
   about the Multimodal Interaction Activity.


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.


>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

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Upcoming Meetings

     * Improving Access to Financial Data on the Web, 5-6 October
     * More About Workshops...
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Upcoming Talks 

     * 1 September, Florence, Italy: A Roadmap for Making the Web an
       Inclusive Environment. Judy Brewer gives a keynote at AAATE 2009
     * 2 September, Florence, Italy: Web Accessibility and Older
       People. Andrew Arch, Shadi Abou-Zahra present at AAATE
     * 2 September, Hangzhou, China: Introduction to the World Wide Web
       Consortium. Ivan Herman presents at Zheijiang University.
     * 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.
     * 16 September, London, United Kingdom: Web Applications Enabled.
       Michael Cooper, Shadi Abou-Zahra, various speakers to be
       confirmed give a tutorial at Techshare 2009.
     * 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.
     * 23 October, Ede, The Netherlands: The Open Web. Steven Pemberton
       gives a keynote at NLUUG Najaarsconferentie "Het Open Web".
     * 23 October, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Disintermediation
       through Aggregation: Making your Data your Own. Steven Pemberton
       presents at Society of the Query.
     * 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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