Announcing Web Platform Docs

08 October 2012 | Archive W3C, in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, and others, announced today the alpha release of Web Platform Docs ( This is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation. With Web Platform Docs, web professionals will save time and resources by consulting with confidence a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices.

"People in the web community — including browser makers, authoring tool makers, and leading edge developers and designers — have tremendous experience and practical knowledge about the web," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "Web Platform Docs is an ambitious project where all of us who are passionate about the web can share knowledge and help one another."

Watch the welcome video, read the press release and W3C Member testimonials, blog post from Doug Schepers, and get started on Web Platform Docs.

Shadow DOM Draft Published

16 October 2012 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group has published a Working Draft of Shadow DOM. This specification describes a method of establishing and maintaining functional boundaries between DOM subtrees and how these subtrees interact with each other within a document tree, thus enabling better functional encapsulation within DOM. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Patent Advisory Group Recommends Continuing Work on XML Security Specifications

15 October 2012 | Archive

The XML Security Patent Advisory Group (PAG) has published a report recommending that W3C continue work on the XML Encryption Syntax and Processing Version 1.1 without changes. The PAG did, however, recommend changes to the Candidate Recommendations of XML Signature Syntax and Processing Version 1.1 and XML Signature 2.0 enabling implementations to use alternative algorithms that are still interoperable. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing terms. See the original announcement of the PAG.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Approved as ISO/IEC International Standard

15 October 2012 | Archive

Today W3C and JTC 1, a joint technical committee of ISO and IEC, announced formal approval of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as an ISO/IEC International Standard, ISO/IEC 40500. "This important accessibility standard, which is already widely deployed internationally, can now benefit from additional formal recognition from ISO/IEC national bodies," noted Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "Such recognition is expected to increase internationally harmonized uptake of WCAG 2.0 by governments, business, and the broader Web community."

ISO/IEC 40500 is exactly the same as the original WCAG 2.0 Standard from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Supporting resources that provide practical advice for meeting ISO/IEC 40500 / WCAG 2.0 are freely available from the WCAG Overview. Read the full press release, learn more about W3C's PAS Submitter status in the W3C PAS FAQ, and comment on the blog post.

Implementing ATAG 2.0 Working Draft Published

11 October 2012 | Archive

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of Implementing ATAG 2.0: A guide to understanding and implementing Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Implementing ATAG 2.0 is a planned Note to support ATAG 2.0. ATAG defines how authoring tools should help developers produce accessible web content that conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It also defines how to make authoring tools accessible so that people with disabilities can use them. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Call for Review: WOFF File Format 1.0 Proposed Recommendation Published

11 October 2012 | Archive

The WebFonts Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of WOFF File Format 1.0. This document specifies the WOFF font packaging format. This format was designed to provide lightweight, easy-to-implement compression of font data, suitable for use with CSS @font-face rules. Any properly licensed TrueType/OpenType/Open Font Format file can be packaged in WOFF format for Web use. User agents decode the WOFF file to restore the font data such that it will display identically to the input font. Comments are welcome through 08 November. Learn more about the Fonts Activity.

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