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W3C News: Week Ending 21 August 1998

From: Sally Khudairi <khudairi@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 23:26:05 -0400
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To: W3C News Service <w3c-news@w3.org>
Contact:
Sally Khudairi, Head of Communications
<khudairi@w3.org>, +1.617.253.8036

W3C MEDIA BRIEF

- W3C Issues First Public Working Draft of XSL 1.0 
  Press Release http://www.w3.org/Press/1998/XSL-WD
  [available in English, Japanese, Swedish and Dutch]
  Testimonials  http://www.w3.org/Press/1998/XSL-WD-test
              
- Upcoming Appearances  http://www.w3.org/Promotion/Appearances/
Meet the W3C Team at Upcoming Conferences, Symposia and Workshops
worldwide!
   
 - IETF [Chicago]: Architecture Domain Team Members Henrik Frystyk
Nielsen, Jim Gettys, Yves Lafon, Daniel Veillard and Philipp Hoschka
 - GCA XML Developers' Conference [Montréal]: Architecture Domain
Leader Dan Connolly
 - 1998 O'Reilly Perl Conference [San Jose]: Webmaster Team Technical
Lead Renaud Bruyeron
 - OpenSource Town Meeting [San Jose]: Architecture Domain Team Member Daniel
Veillard

SUBMISSIONS ACKNOWLEDGED

- Document Content Description for XML [DCD]
  International Business Machines Corporation and Microsoft
  Corporation, 10 August 1998
  W3C Staff Contact: Janne Saarela
  http://www.w3.org/Submission/1998/11/

- XML-QL: A Query Language for XML [XML-QL]
  AT&T Labs, 19 August 1998
  W3C Staff Contact: Dan Connolly
  http://www.w3.org/Submission/1998/12/

ARCHITECTURE

- Announcing SiRPAC - Simple RDF Parser & Compiler 

SiRPAC is a practical tool for parsing and compiling RDF/XML documents to
corresponding triples of the underlying RDF data model. This tool has been
developed at the W3C for quick industry adoption of W3C specifications. The
latest version of SiRPAC, V1.2, conforms to the Resource Description
Framework (RDF) Model & Syntax Specification working draft dated 19-Aug-1998
and Namespaces in XML working draft dated 2-Aug-1998.
http://www.w3.org/RDF/Implementations/SiRPAC/

USER INTERFACE

- Document Object Model [DOM] Level 1 Specification Issued as a Proposed
Recommendation; W3C Member Review Now Underway

The Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 specification defines the foundation
of the Document Object Model, a platform- and language-neutral interface that
will allow programs and scripts to dynamically access and update the content,
structure, and style of documents. The DOM Level 1 provides a standard set of
objects for representing HTML and XML documents, a standard model of how
these objects can be combined, and a standard interface for accessing and    
manipulating them. The DOM Level 1 specification has been developed by the
W3C Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group, consisting of representatives
from W3C Member organizations and invited experts in the fields of Web
browsers, Web servers, authoring tools, and other document processing tools.
The W3C DOM Working Group has determined that the DOM Level 1 specification
is stable, contributes to Web interoperability, and is ready to enter the
review and comment process by the W3C Membership.
http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-DOM-Level-1/

- Updated NOTE: Displaying SMIL Basic Layout with CSS

The 15 June Note by Philipp Hoschka and Chris Lilley has been recently
reissued with some changes; mainly editorial, but with a new section on
mapping z-index values from SMIL basic layout to CSS.
http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-CSS-smil 

- XSL First Working Draft released 

The XSL Working Group, which is chartered to create a style language based on
experience with both CSS2 and DSSSL, recently released the first public
working draft of XSL. W3C issued a Press Release and testimonials from W3C
Member organizations. XSL is a language for expressing stylesheets. It
consists of two parts: 

  1.a language for transforming XML documents, and 
  2.an XML vocabulary for specifying formatting semantics. 

An XSL stylesheet specifies the presentation of a class of XML documents by
describing how an instance of the class is transformed into an XML document
thatuses the formatting vocabulary. The XSL Working Group and the CSS&FP
Working Group are working to create a common W3C formatting model which can
be used to underpin all W3C specifications which expose formatting
functionality. These include HTML, MathML and SMIL, plus of course CSS and
XSL, and in the future SVG.
http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xsl


NEW TECHNICAL REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS
http://www.w3.org/TR/

Proposed Recommendations 
 -  Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 

Working Drafts 
 -  Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax Specification 
 -  A P3P Preference Exchange Language (APPEL) 
 -  Namespaces in XML 
 -  Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) 
 -  Resource Description Framework (RDF) Schemas 

Notes 
 -  A Discussion of the Relationship Between RDF-Schema and UML 
 -  Displaying SMIL Basic Layout with a CSS2 Rendering Engine 

IETF Internet Drafts 
 -  The application/smil Media Type
    http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-hoschka-smil-media-type-01.txt
 -  HTTP Extension Framework for Mandatory and Optional Extensions 
    http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/ietf-http-ext/
 -  Integrating SDP Functionality Into SMIL 
    http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/1998/08/draft-hoschka-smilsdp-01

NEW TEAM MEMBERS

- Thierry Michel
Thierry joined the World Wide Web Consortium in Sophia-Antipolis (France) in
August 1998, to work on various activities within the Technology & Society
Domain, in particular in the Electronic Commerce and micropayments area. He
holds a Master's Degree in Genetics at the Paris-Orsay University of
Technology. Prior to joining the Consortium,
Thierry was a software engineer at Alcatel. He then created a startup on
Multimedia / Internet consultancy and Web design. He then joined an Internet
Service Provider (ISP), PCSE based in Sophia-Antipolis, where is was a
Project Manager for Internet / Intranet Web site design and development.

- Pierre Kerchner
Pierre is a student of Industrial Engineering & Management (University of
Karlsruhe, Germany) at his final term and writing his master's thesis about
XML/RDF and EDI. In addition, he is very interested in distributed/virtual
organizations and supporting groupware technologies. 

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