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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2008-02-27 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

Codecs, Metadata, and Addressing: Video on the Web Workshop Report

   The report of the W3C Video on the Web Workshop is now available.
   Thirty-seven organizations discussed video and audio codecs, spatial
   and temporal addressing, metadata, digital rights management,
   accessibility, and other topics related to ensuring the success of
   video as a "first class citizen" of the Web. W3C thanks Cisco for
   hosting the Workshop, which took place 12-13 December 2007
   simultaneously in San Jose, California and Brussels, Belgium. Read
   the forty-two position papers and Workshop minutes. W3C welcomes
   feedback on the Report and the topic of video on the Web at
   public-video-comments@w3.org (archive).


W3C Offices Program: Ten Years of International Outreach

   Today representatives from W3C Offices, regional branches that
   promote W3C and interact with participants in local languages,
   celebrate ten years of the Offices program. Offices currently
   represent 17 regions around the globe, helping to organize meetings,
   recruit Members, translate materials, and find creative ways to
   encourage international participation in W3C work. Offices staff
   gather for a face-to-face meeting in Sophia-Antipolis France to
   review ten years of experience and to forge improvements to the
   program. At this occasion, W3C thanks the Offices staff past and
   present for all of their work!


XMLHttpRequest Level 2: Comments Welcome on First Public Working Draft

   The Web API Working Group has published the First Public Working
   Draft of "XMLHttpRequest Level 2." XMLHttpRequest Level 2 enhances
   "XMLHttpRequest" with new features, such as cross-site requests,
   progress events, and the handling of byte streams for both sending
   and receiving. Learn more about the W3C Rich Web Client Activity.


CSSOM View Module: Comments Welcome on First Public Working Draft

   The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published the
   First Public Working Draft of "CSSOM View Module." The APIs
   introduced by this specification provide authors with a way to
   inspect and manipulate the view information of a document. This
   includes getting the position of element layout boxes, obtaining the
   width of the viewport through script, and also scrolling an element.
   Learn more about the Style Activity.


Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social
Development (Call for Participation)

   Position papers are due 20 April for the W3C Workshop on the Role of
   Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development on 2-3 June 2008
   in São Paulo, Brazil. W3C thanks Workshop hosts NIC.br (Network
   Information Center), CGI.br Internet Steering Committee, and
   Institute CONIP. The goal of the Workshop is to understand specific
   challenges of using mobile phones and Web technologies to deliver
   services to underprivileged populations of Developing Countries. The
   Workshop scope includes: analysis of using mobile phones in
   development projects; strengths and weaknesses of SMS technology v.
   mobile Web v. voice technology; the challenges of integrating
   information and Communication Technologies in rural communities, and
   more. Read about W3C Workshops.


Last Call: RDFa in XHTML: Syntax and Processing

   The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and the XHTML 2 Working
   Group have published the Last Call Working Draft of "RDFa in XHTML:
   Syntax and Processing." RDFa is a specification for attributes to
   be used with languages such as HTML and XHTML to express structured
   data. When publishers can express structured data, and when tools
   can read it, a new world of user functionality becomes available,
   letting users transfer structured data between applications and web
   sites, and allowing browsing applications to improve the user
   experience. For example, a photo's creator, camera setting
   information, resolution, location and topic can be published as
   easily as the original photo itself, enabling structured search and
   sharing. With RDFa, the rendered, hypertext data of XHTML is reused,
   so that publishers don't need to repeat significant data in the
   document content. The RDFa specification explains use of the RDFa
   attributes with XHTML. Comments are welcome through 21 March. Learn
   more about XHTML and the Semantic Web Activity.


SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Primer

   The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published the First
   Public Working Draft of "SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System
   Primer." SKOS provides a model for expressing the basic structure
   and content of concept schemes such as thesauri, classification
   schemes, subject heading lists, taxonomies, folksonomies, and other
   types of controlled vocabulary. SKOS has been designed to provide a
   low-cost migration path for porting existing organization systems to
   the Semantic Web. The primer is intended to help implementors who
   have a basic understanding of the Semantic Web to use the
   capabilities defined in "SKOS Reference" to represent and publish
   their concept schemes as SKOS data. The Primer aims to provide
   introductory examples and guidance in the use of SKOS vocabulary
   features. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.

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W3C Questions and Answers Blog 
     * W3C working across multiple languages by Felix Sasaki
     * Past Q&A Blog ...

Upcoming Meetings

     * Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social
       Development, 2-3 June
     * More About Workshops...
     * W3C Membership Meeting Calendar...

Upcoming Talks 

     * 5 March, Seoul, Korea: Mobile Web 2.0 Forum Standardization
       Activities. Seungyun Lee presents at Mobile Wednesday Workshop.
     * 5 March, Seoul, Korea: Towards the Web of Things. Dave Raggett
       presents at Mobile Wednesday Workshop.
     * 7 March, Tokyo, Japan: State of the Semantic Web. Karl Dubost,
       Ivan Herman present at INTAP Semantic Web Conference 2008.
     * 8 March, Austin, TX, USA: Catching up with Accessibility: The
       Basics Quickly. Shawn Henry presents at SXSW Interactive 2008
     * 10 March, Berlin, Germany: An Introduction to POWDER
       (tentative). Phil Archer, Thomas Tikwinski give a tutorial at
       Web 2.0 Telecoms.
     * 10 March, San Diego, CA, USA: New W3C Standards For Speech and
       Multimodal Applications. Deborah Dahl presents at Voice Search
     * 15 March, Los Angeles, USA: How Web Accessibility Guidelines
       Apply to Design for the Ageing Population. Shadi Abou-Zahra,
       Andrew Arch present at CSUN 2008.
     * 17 March, Geneva, Switzerland: Video on the Web at W3C. Philippe
       Le Hégaret presents at Media Distribution over Open Internet.
     * 1 April, Berlin, Germany: Analysing The Importance Of
       Standardisation In Driving Mobile Internet Usage. Philipp
       Hoschka presents at Mobile Internet.
     * 21 April, Beijing, China: RDFa: Extensible Structured Data in
       HTML. Ben Adida, Elias Torres, Ivan Herman give a tutorial at
       17th World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 21 April, Beijing, China: Producing XML that works
       internationally. Richard Ishida, Felix Sasaki give a tutorial at
       17th World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 21 April, Beijing, China: Introduction to the Semantic Web
       (through an example…). Ivan Herman gives a tutorial at 17th
       World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008).
     * 17 June, New York, NY, USA: (not yet determined). Tim
       Berners-Lee presents at LinkedData Planet Conference: exploring
       the new web of connected data.
     * 18 June, Nancy, France: State of the Semantic Web. Ivan Herman
       gives a keynote at 19èmes Journées Francophones d'Ingénierie des
       Connaissances (IC2008).
     * 19 June, Baltimore, Maryland, USA: How New Web Accessibility
       Standards Impact User Experience Design. Shawn Henry presents at
       Usability Professionals' Association International Conference
     * View upcoming talks by country
     * More talks...

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