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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 17:36:27 -0400
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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team
W3C Invites Implementation of Six Rule Interchange Format (RIF)
Candidate Recommendations

   The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group has published
   six Candidate Recommendations. Together, they allow systems
   using a variety of rule languages and rule-based technologies
   to interoperate with each other and with Semantic Web

   Three of the drafts define XML formats with formal semantics
   for storing and transmitting rules:
     * The "RIF Production Rule Dialect (PRD)" is designed for the
       kinds of rules used in modern Business Rule Management
     * The "RIF Basic Logic Dialect (BLD)" is a foundation for
       Logic Programming, classical logic, and related formalisms.
     * The "RIF Core Dialect" is the common subset of PRD and BLD,
       useful when having a ubiquitous platform is paramount.

   The other drafts:
     * "RIF Datatypes and Builtins (DTB)" specifies the datatypes
       and standard operations (modeled on "XPath Functions" )
       available in all RIF dialects
     * "RIF RDF and OWL Compatibility" specifies how RIF works
       with RDF, RDFS, OWL 1, and OWL 2.
     * "RIF Framework for Logic Dialects (FLD)" provides a
       mechanism for specifying extended dialects, beyond BLD,
       when more expressive power is required.

   The group has also published a new version of "RIF Test Cases"
   , and three new First Public Working Drafts: "RIF Overview,"
   "RIF Combination with XML data" and "OWL 2 RL in RIF."

   The Working Group asks all developers to send implementation
   reports, and other comments, to public-rif-comments@w3.org by
   29 October 2009. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.


Government, Business And Academia Experts To Discuss Financial Data
On The Web at W3C-XBRL Workshop

   W3C and XBRL International, Inc. are co-sponsoring a Workshop
   on Improving Access to Financial Data on the Web today and
   tomorrow, hosted at the offices of the Federal Deposit
   Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Arlington, Virginia (USA). The
   main goal of the Workshop is to identify opportunities and
   challenges for improving access to financial data on the Web.
   Participants will discuss how Extensible Business Reporting
   Language (XBRL) and related XML data standards can best be
   utilized, and how using XBRL to provide financial data via the
   Web relates to broader opportunities for Semantic Web
   technologies. More than 15 speakers and 100 participants will
   discuss topics such as interoperability and harmonization of
   standard data formats and the impact of the increased
   transparency on the economy and society as a whole. For more
   information, see the Program Agenda and Media Advisory. Learn
   more about the Semantic Web Activity.


SVG Color 1.2 Language, Primer First Drafts Published

   The SVG Working Group has published First Public Working Drafts
   of "SVG Color 1.2, Part 2: Language" and "SVG Color 1.2, Part
   1: Primer." The former defines features of the Scalable Vector
   Graphics (SVG) Language that are specifically for color-managed
   environments, including document interchange, publishing, and
   high-quality display. SVG Color extends the control of color,
   relative to SVG Tiny 1.2, in three ways. Firstly by adding an
   additional color space for interpolation and compositing; this
   means that colors are no longer constrained to the sRGB gamut.
   Secondly by extending the syntax for Paint, thus allowing
   colors to be specified as calibrated (ICC and named) and
   uncalibrated ('device') color. Thirdly, it mandates the color
   management of embedded images. The Primer explains the
   technical background and gives guidelines on how to use the SVG
   Color specification with SVG 1.2 Tiny and SVG 1.2 Full modules.
   Learn more about the Graphics Activity.


XSL-FO 2.0 First Draft Published

   The XSL-FO subgroup of the XSL Working Group has published a
   First Public Working Draft of "Design Notes for Extensible
   Stylesheet Language (XSL) 2.0," which contains initial and
   early work on XSL-FO 2.0. XSL-FO defines an XML vocabulary for
   formatting and layout of XML documents; use XSLT to transform
   documents into XSL-FO for on-screen or paper formatting, for
   example into PDF. Public comments are requested, both from
   users and implementors of XSL 1.x and from people who have been
   waiting for new features before using XSL-FO. Lean more about


WebSimpleDB API First Draft Published

   The Web Applications Working Group has published the First
   Public Working Draft of "WebSimpleDB API." User agents need to
   store large numbers of objects locally in order to satisfy
   off-line data requirements of Web applications. Whereas the
   "Web Storage" specification is useful for storing pairs of keys
   and their corresponding values, it does not provide in-order
   retrieval of keys, efficient searching over values, or storage
   of duplicate values for a key. The new WebSimpleDB API
   specification provides a concrete API to perform advanced
   key-value data management that is at the heart of most
   sophisticated query processors. It does so by using
   transactional databases to store keys and their corresponding
   values. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

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       Pemberton gives a keynote at NLUUG Najaarsconferentie "Het
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     * 30 October, Philadelphia, USA: Introduction to the Semantic
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