W3C Strategic Highlights, September 2019

26 September 2019 | Archive

TPAC 2019 skyline bannerW3C released today its September 2019 edition of the W3C Strategic Highlights.

The report covers the massive and critical work that takes place at the Web Consortium toward the growth and strength of the Web, how W3C meets industry needs, and provides updates in key areas, as well as the latest around Web for all and outreach to the world.

We also invite you to read W3C CEO’s thoughts on TPAC2019 –our yearly event where W3C work groups meet face-to-face– held last week in Fukuoka, Japan.

First Public Working Draft: Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Extension for WebRTC

22 October 2019 | Archive

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Extension for WebRTC. This document defines a set of ECMAScript APIs in WebIDL to extend the WebRTC 1.0 API to enable user agents to support scalable video coding (SVC).

Call for Review: High Resolution Time Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

15 October 2019 | Archive

The Web Performance Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of High Resolution Time Level 2. This specification defines an API that provides the time origin, and current time in sub-millisecond resolution, such that it is not subject to system clock skew or adjustments.

Comments are welcome through 12 November 2019.

CSS Containment Module Level 1 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation; Level 2 is a First Public Working Draft

15 October 2019 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of CSS Containment Module Level 1. This CSS module describes the contain property, which indicates that the element’s subtree is independent of the rest of the page. This enables heavy optimizations by user agents when used well. Comments are welcome through through 13 November 2019.

The group has also published a First Public Working Draft of CSS Containment Module Level 2. This version restores style containment, which had been dropped from Level 1.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

First Public Working Drafts: WebXR Augmented Reality Module; WebXR Gamepads Module

10 October 2019 | Archive

The Immersive Web Working Group has published two First Public Working Drafts today. The WebXR Augmented Reality Module – Level 1 expands the WebXR Device API with the functionality available on AR hardware. The WebXR Gamepads Module – Level 1 describes support for accessing button, trigger, thumbstick, and touchpad data associated with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices on the Web.

W3C Invites Implementations of Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) Version 2

3 October 2019 | Archive

The Dataset Exchange Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) – Version 2.

DCAT is an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web. This document defines the schema and provides examples for its use. DCAT enables a publisher to describe datasets and data services in a catalog using a standard model and vocabulary that facilitates the consumption and aggregation of metadata from multiple catalogs. This can increase the discoverability of datasets and data services. It also makes it possible to have a decentralized approach to publishing data catalogs and makes federated search for datasets across catalogs in multiple sites possible using the same query mechanism and structure. Aggregated DCAT metadata can serve as a manifest file as part of the digital preservation process.

Comments are welcome by 31 October 2019.

World Wide Web Consortium celebrates its 25th anniversary

1 October 2019 | Archive

Quote from Tim Berners-Lee: the Web is humanity connected by technologyToday we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web Consortium. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, our Director and the inventor of the World Wide Web, founded the Web Consortium on this day, 1 October, in 1994 to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.

Since then, with the help of our Members and our community, we have been proud to work to create a Web that is accessible to all, whatever the hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability; a Web which is good for all.

Happy 25th birthday, Web Consortium! 🎉

2019 marks the year when half of the population is now online, the Web turned 30 and the World Wide Web Consortium celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Web has come a long way but myriad opportunities lay ahead. Our society, our world, and the Web face many challenges, and now more than ever the Web Consortium must continue to fulfil our mission, with our global community, to make the web work, for everyone.

I hope you join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Web Consortium and share your birthday wishes and to tell us your #webstories. You may read more in our blog post about some of our achievements, what we do, how we do it and why.

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