The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or W3).

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  • See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions. Offlining Our current draft does not go into detail about offlining WP. The call focused on some of the scenarios in which offlining is most valuable and desired. From there, the conversations expanded to the other concerns around offline-enhanced experiences,  such as versioning, identification, […]

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  • The W3C Web Payments Working Group produced the Web Payment API which has been adopted by the major Web Browsers and we’re continuing to see adoption by others in the Payments Ecosystem. With the rechartering of the Web Commerce Interest Group we’re seeing a lot of exciting new work starting in areas that are of […]

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  • For those of you involved in the effort to build a cross-browser testsuite for the majority of the web platform, you are currently noticing that the project is moving to a new organization on GitHub. The move is intended to improve the management and handling of the WPT project on GitHub and Travis. There is […]

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  • It takes much more than a village to make an ebook. Authors, publishers, developers, distributors, retailers, and readers must all work together. EPUB* requires authoring and validation tools as well as reading systems. The EPUB standard depends on the HTML and CSS standards, among others. There are millions of existing EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 […]

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  • Today the new EU Innovation Radar was launched to recognize high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research. Among them is the W3C WAI-ACT Project (grant 287725 of the 7th Framework Programme), which was ranked among the top ten ‘high capacity innovation projects’ (third place in SME ranking) in the JRC Science and Policy Report […]

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  • For many of us who work with ebooks, the highlight of our year is ebookcraft in Toronto. ebookcraft is a two-day conference devoted to ebook production, sponsored by Booknet Canada. The fifth edition was held last week, and it was a veritable who’s who of Publishing @ W3C. Why do we love ebookcraft? It’s full […]

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  • As W3C continues to evolve the breadth and depth of our work, we need to continue to address how we’re packaging and pricing our Membership options. In 2012 we added a tier designed for Startup organizations, which has enabled a significant number of these organizations to join our work. In 2014 we introduced the Introductory […]

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  • Eager to better represent what the Web is, we are happy to introduce a redesigned version of /TR, which lists All Standards and Drafts. It is responsive and works fine on mobile devices. Compared to the previous design, this version is a single view that uses search and filters, and displays indicators of maturity level […]

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  • See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions. F2F Planning We are planning to have several tasks accomplished in advance of our Spring F2F in Toronto. The Affordances TF plans to review open affordances issues, compile technical requirements, and begin work on a draft before the meeting. The WAM TF is planning […]

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  • On 12 March we celebrate an event which has both historically changed the world and is key to creating and empowering its future. In March 1989,  while at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee wrote his memo “Information Management: A Proposal” which outlined the World Wide Web. Today we celebrate a Web that is: Universal, International and truly […]

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  • The Digital Publishing Summit Europe will be held in Berlin on the 16th and 17th of May, 2018. The event is organized by EDRLab, Paris, with the support of W3C as part of the Publishing@W3C effort. This event aims at strengthening a true spirit of cooperation in the publishing industry worldwide, pushing for a massive […]

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  • Today, WOFF 2.0 is a W3C Recommendation. Perhaps you have some questions: what is it, why should I care, can I use it already? Introduction WebFonts – fonts which are automatically downloaded and used on demand to render a web page, without having to be installed – have risen in importance in recent years. In […]

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  • In 2000 – the height of the dotcom boom and bust – a small startup in Australia embarked on a journey to build the next generation digital book store (ebooks back then) and promote an open ecosystem for the trading of digital assets. They formed the Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL) Initiative and quickly assembled […]

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  • 2017 was another busy year for the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This includes developments in the technical and educational areas of WAI, as well as in international standards coordination and harmonization. Much of the results are expected to become more visible and tangible this year, in 2018. WCAG 2.1 The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has […]

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  • A brief history of media on the Web Media on the Web has gone through three main stages until now. Before the release of HTML5, audio and video were essentially not on the Web, and only available through plug-ins. Plug-ins were widely available on desktop browsers, but smartphones were around the corner, and the Web […]

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  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is now a Candidate Recommendation (CR). The main purpose of Candidate Recommendation is to ensure that the standard can be implemented. The content is considered stable at this stage, but it it could change a little based on implementation experience. Over the next few months, the Working Group will […]

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  • 2016 started with a plethora of announcements around Virtual Reality, and ended with the publication of the report from the Web & Virtual Reality workshop which explored how we can make the Web a great platform for Virtual Reality Experiences. 2017 saw a good number of milestones toward that: WebVR 1.1 is now available by […]

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  • (Disclaimer: many of the thoughts and opinions in this blog are of my own, and not necessarily shared by the W3C as a whole. Putting it another way: I wrote this blog with my W3C team’s hat down…) Document Web or Web Operating System? Let’s look at the definition of the Web on, say, Wikipedia. […]

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  • The Publishing Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of three first public working drafts: Web Publications: https://www.w3.org/TR/2018/WD-wpub-20180104 Packaged Web Publications: https://www.w3.org/TR/2018/WD-pwpub-20180104 Web Annotation Extensions for Web Publications: https://www.w3.org/TR/2018/WD-wpub-ann-20180104 These are the first publications of the Publishing Working Group...

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  • The Web has had a huge impact on how we exchange and access information. The Web of data is growing rapidly, and interoperability depends upon the availability of open standards, whether intended for interchange within small communities, or for use on a global scale. W3C is pleased to release a W3C study on practices and […]

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  • Today W3C releases HTML 5.2. This is the second revision of HTML5, following last year’s HTML 5.1 Recommendation. In 2014 we expressed a goal to produce a revision roughly every year; HTML 5.2 is a continuation of that commitment. This Recommendation like its predecessor provides an updated stable guide to what is HTML. In the […]

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  • The WAI-Tools Project, co-funded by the European Commission, was launched on 1 November 2017. The primary objective of the project is to support the W3C work on Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT), to provide a common interpretation of WCAG 2 in evaluation tools and methodologies. The project will develop automated, semi-automated, and manual test rules that […]

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  • Earlier today, the WHATWG announced a new organization structure. W3C is flattered that WHATWG has adopted many shared features that are extremely positive for the web community. Among the features of the revised organization (some of which have happened prior to this announcement) that I think are excellent are: A Royalty-Free patent policy aligned with […]

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