W3C Weekly News - 31 January 2003

                             W3C Weekly News

                      16 January - 31 January 2003

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W3C Launches XForms Activity

   W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the XForms Activity. More
   flexible than previous HTML and XHTML form technologies, XForms
   separate purpose, presentation, and data. The Activity is producing
   advanced forms logic, improved internationalization, and rich user
   interface capabilities. Read the XForms Activity statement and visit
   the XForms home page.


W3C Advisory Committee Reelects TAG Participants

   The results of a vote by the W3C Advisory Committee are in: Technical
   Architecture Group (TAG) participants as of 1 February are Tim Bray,
   Dan Connolly, Paul Cotton, Roy Fielding, Chris Lilley, David Orchard,
   Norm Walsh, Stuart Williams and the Chair, Tim Berners-Lee. Created
   in 2001, the TAG documents principles of Web architecture and works
   with other groups to resolve architectural issues. Visit the TAG home


W3C Launches Timed Text Working Group

   W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Timed Text Working
   Group (TTWG) within the SYMM (Synchronized Multimedia) Activity. The
   TTWG is chartered to develop an XML based format used to represent
   streamable text synchronized with timed media like audio or video.
   Movie captions on the Web are a typical timed text application. Read
   the group's charter and about the Synchronized Multimedia Activity.


W3C Domains Reorganized in 2003

   To manage related Activities, the W3C Team groups them into four
   Domains. Starting in 2003, Document Formats is merged into the
   Interaction Domain led by Philipp Hoschka. The Internationalization
   Activity and work on XSL and XSLT move to Architecture. The
   Technology and Society and the Web Accessibility Initiative Domains
   are unchanged. Read about W3C's Activities.


VoiceXML 2.0 Becomes a W3C Candidate Recommendation

   W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of the "Voice Extensible
   Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0" to Candidate Recommendation.
   Comments are welcome through 10 April. VoiceXML uses XML to bring
   synthesized speech, spoken and touch-tone input, digitized audio,
   recording, telephony, and computer-human conversations to the Web.
   Read the press release and testimonials. Visit the Voice Browser
   home page.


Six RDF Last Call Working Drafts Published

   The RDF Core Working Group has released six Last Call Working Drafts.
   Comments are welcome through 21 February. Also published is a W3C
   Note, LBase, a framework for specifying Semantic Web languages in a
   uniform and coherent way.

   * RDF Primer
   * RDF Test Cases
   * RDF/XML Syntax Specification (Revised)
   * RDF Vocabulary Description Language 1.0: RDF Schema
   * RDF Semantics
   * Resource Description Framework (RDF): Concepts and Abstract Syntax
   * LBase: Semantics for Languages of the Semantic Web

   Read about the Semantic Web Activity.


Common HTTP Implementation Problems Note Published

   Olivier Thereaux of the W3C Team has released "Common HTTP
   Implementation Problems" as a W3C Note. Following this set of twelve
   guidelines will improve implementations of HTTP and related standards
   as well as their use. The Note explains the concepts, points out
   common mistakes and suggests best practices. Visit the W3C Quality
   Assurance (QA) home page.


Common User Agent Problems Note Updated

   Karl Dubost of the W3C Team has released an update to the "Common
   User Agent Problems" W3C Note. The Note explains common mistakes that
   Web client software makes due to incorrect or incomplete
   implementation of specifications. It offers suggestions for good user
   agent behavior. Read about the Quality Assurance (QA) Activity.


XHTML 2.0 Working Draft Published

   The HTML Working Group has released the fourth public Working Draft
   of "XHTML 2.0." XHTML 2.0 is a relative of the Web's familiar
   publishing languages HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0 and 1.1. The draft contains
   XHTML 2.0 modules for creating rich, portable Web-based applications.
   Comments are welcome. Visit the HTML home page.


CSS 2.1 Working Draft Published

   Answering comments received during Last Call, the CSS Working Group
   has released an interim Working Draft of "Cascading Style Sheets,
   Level 2 Revision 1 (CSS 2.1)." CSS is a language used to render
   structured documents like HTML and XML on screen, on paper, and in
   speech. The draft brings CSS2 in line with implementations and CSS2
   errata, and removes obsolete features. Visit the CSS home page.


Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.2 Working Drafts Published

   The Web Services Description Working Group has released updated
   Working Drafts of the "Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
   Version 1.2" and bindings for use with SOAP 1.2, HTTP, and MIME. WSDL
   is an XML format for describing network services as a set of
   endpoints operating on messages containing either document-oriented
   or procedure-oriented information. Read about Web Services.


Requirements for the Ink Markup Language Published

   The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has released "Requirements
   for the Ink Markup Language" as a W3C Note. This data format
   represents ink entered with an electronic pen or stylus, and is used
   to input and process handwriting, gestures, sketches, music and other
   notational languages. Read about the Multimodal Interaction Activity.


Requirements for XML Schema 1.1 Published

   The XML Schema Working Group has released the first public Working
   Draft of "Requirements for XML Schema 1.1." Schemas are technology
   for specifying and constraining the structure of XML documents. The
   draft adds functionality and clarifies the XML Schema Recommendation
   Part 1 and Part 2. Read about the XML Activity.


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Received on Monday, 3 February 2003 15:58:06 UTC