W3C Workshop: Identity in the Browser

21 March 2011 | Archive

The Web is now critical infrastructure and, as such, requires mechanisms that foster trust. For critical enterprise activity, effective government engagement, and sensitive social information accessed over the Web, a higher level of identity assurance, privacy protection, and security is required, and client-side technologies like browsers have an important role to play. There is a pressing need for trustworthy, widely-applicable digital identity management. W3C is therefore organizing a Workshop on Identity in the Browser, to take place 24-25 May 2011 in Mountain View, California, and hosted by the Mozilla Foundation. Participants will investigate strategies to facilitate the development and deployment of improved identity authentication and authorization technologies across the Web. Also included in the workshop will be explorations into the operational, policy, and legal issues that must be addressed by the solutions. Anyone may participate and there is no fee to participate. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 22 April; see additional participation requirements. To help with planning, brief "expressions of interest" are appreciated as rapidly as possible. Learn more about the Workshop on Identity in the Browser.

W3C Launches Provenance Working Group; Renews RDF Web Applications Working Group

31 March 2011 | Archive

W3C announced today a new Provenance Working Group, whose mission is to support the widespread publication and use of provenance information of Web documents, data, and resources. The Working Group will publish W3C Recommendations that define a language for exchanging provenance information among applications. See the Provenance Working Group Charter for more information.

W3C also renewed the RDF Web Applications Working Group, formerly the RDFa Working Group. The mission of the group is to support the developing use of RDF for embedding and handling structured data in Web documents in general. The Working Group will publish W3C Recommendations to extend and enhance the currently published RDFa 1.0 documents, including an API, as well as a general RDF API aimed at ECMAScript. The Working Group will also support the HTML Working Group in its work on incorporating RDFa in HTML5 and XHTML5 (as a followup on the the currently published Working Draft for RDFa 1.0 in HTML5). See the RDF Web Applications Working Group Charter for more information, and read more about the Semantic Web.

Last Call: RDFa Core 1.1, XHTML+RDFa 1.1

31 March 2011 | Archive

The RDFa Working Group has published Last Call Working Drafts of RDFa Core 1.1 and XHTML+RDFa 1.1. The current Web is primarily made up of an enormous number of documents that have been created using HTML. These documents contain significant amounts of structured data, which is largely unavailable to tools and applications. When publishers can express this data more completely, 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.

RDFa Core is a specification for attributes to express structured data in any markup language. XHTML+RDFa 1.1 is one such language; it is a superset of XHTML 1.1 intended for authors who want to create XHTML Family documents that embed rich semantic markup. There was a very wide review of the First Last Call for RDFa 1.1 by key members of various standards communities, large companies and independent Web developer communities. Due to the large amount of solid feedback by the various respondents, numerous improvements and enhancements were made to RDFa 1.1 to reflect the desires of the developer community.

Comments are welcome through 21 April. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.

W3C Issues Report on Web and Television Convergence

28 March 2011 | Archive

Today, W3C publishes a report from the Second Web and TV Workshop, which took place in Berlin in February. The report summarizes the discussion among the 77 participating organizations and highlights some key Web and TV convergence priorities:

  • Adaptive streaming over HTTP
  • Home networking and second-screen scenarios
  • The role of metadata and relation to Semantic Web technology
  • Ensuring that convergent solutions are accessible
  • Profiling and testing
  • Possible extensions to HTML5 for Television

Prioritization now continues in the W3C Web and TV Interest Group. That group will review existing work, as well as the relationship between services on the Web and TV services. It will identify requirements and potential solutions to ensure that the Web will function well with TV.

The W3C Workshop in Berlin was made possible in part by sponsorship from Netflix, IPTV Forum Japan, and Tomo-Digi. This second Web and TV workshop was also organized with the support of the OMWeb EU project. Read the press release about the report.

W3C Launches Audio Working Group

25 March 2011 | Archive

W3C today launches the Audio Working Group, whose chartered mission is to develop a client-side script API adding more advanced audio capabilities than are currently offered by audio elements. The API will support the features required by advanced interactive applications including the ability to process and synthesize audio streams directly in script, and will extend the HTML5 <audio> and <video> media elements. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Bringing Communities Together at Federated Social Web Europe

24 March 2011 | Archive

Federated social web conf Social networking has transformed the Web. However, most Social Web applications today limit relationships to those with accounts in the same system. As with many other communications tools (telephone, email, Web) people will ultimately prefer Social Web applications without such barriers, where anyone can communicate seamlessly with anyone else, whatever application they are using. W3C will be exploring how to achieve "One Social Web" at Federated Social Web Europe.

The conference, which takes place 3-5 June in Berlin, Germany, is made possible with the help of the PrimeLife project and is hosted by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. It follows the 2010 Federated Social Web Summit and is designed to bring together diverse communities interested in Social Web, identity, and privacy. The agenda will include talks, presentation of position papers, and opportunities for on-the-ground agenda building. Participants are invited to submit position papers, due 2 May. Proposals received after that date may be added to the part of the agenda determined at the event.

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