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W3C Co-Sponsors 26th Internationalization & Unicode Conference

2004-09-02: The 26th Internationalization & Unicode Conference will be held 7-10 September in San Jose, CA, USA. Presenters include Team members Martin Dürst and Richard Ishida and participants in the W3C Internationalization Working Group. The event is the premier technical conference worldwide for software and Web internationalization. During four days of tutorials and presentations, leaders in the field will discuss internationalized Web addresses and markup, language and locale tagging, complex scripts, ICU, software internationalization and other topics. Read about Unicode and the W3C Internationalization Activity. (News archive)

Deadline Extension: Public Workshop on Metadata for Content Adaptation

2004-09-02: The deadline for position papers has been extended one week to 13 September for the W3C Workshop on Metadata for Content Adaptation to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 12-13 October. Attendees will discuss how metadata can help the adaption of Web content to fit user needs and device characteristics, and will provide feedback and suggestions for future W3C work. Read about workshops and Interaction at W3C. (News archive)

Deadline Extension: Public Workshop on Semantic Web for Life Sciences

2004-09-02: The deadline for position papers has been extended nine days to 15 September for the W3C Workshop on Semantic Web for Life Sciences to be held in Cambridge, MA, USA on 27-28 October. Attendees will discuss how Semantic Web technologies such as RDF, OWL and the Life Sciences Identifier (LSID) help to manage modern life sciences research, enable disease understanding and accelerate the development of therapies. Read about W3C workshops and the Semantic Web. (News archive)

SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL)

2004-09-01: Through joint efforts, the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group and the CSS Working Group have released the First Public Working Draft of SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL). The sXBL language defines the presentation and interactive behavior of elements outside the SVG namepace. A future version may extend XBL to any markup. Visit the SVG and CSS home pages. (News archive)

EMMA Working Draft Updated

2004-09-01: The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of EMMA. The Extensible MultiModal Annotation language (EMMA) is a data exchange format for interaction management systems. EMMA represents user input. Speech and handwriting recognizers, natural language engines, media interpreters, and multimodal integration components generate EMMA markup. Visit the Multimodal Interaction home page. (News archive)

Upcoming W3C Talks

2004-09-01: Browse upcoming W3C appearances and events, also available as an RSS channel. (News archive)

  • Ivan Herman presents at the Web Intelligence Symposium at the STeP-2004 conference in Helsinki, Finland on 2 September.
  • Participants in the Internationalization Working Group and Team members present at the 26th Internationalization and Unicode Conference in San Jose, CA, USA on 7-10 September.
  • Participants in the Voice Browser and Multimodal Interaction Working Groups present at SpeechTEK 2004 in New York, NY, USA on 13-16 September.
  • Tim Berners-Lee gives the keynote at SpeechTEK 2004 in New York, NY, USA on 14 September
  • Massimo Marchiori presents at Web Intelligence (WI 2004) in Beijing, China on 21 September.
  • Matt May presents a tutorial at OSCOM 4 in Zürich, Switzerland on 29 September.

XForms 1.1 Requirements Updated

2004-08-31: The XForms Working Group has updated the XForms 1.1 Requirements Working Group Note. XForms is the new generation of Web forms. Version 1.1 has enhancements for the XForms 1.0 framework, embraces SOAP, makes XForms authoring easier, and facilitates XForms use in other host languages. Visit the XForms home page. (News archive)

Working Drafts: Quality Assurance

2004-08-30: The Quality Assurance (QA) Working Group has published three Working Drafts. Written for W3C Working Group Chairs and Team Contacts, The QA Handbook provides techniques, tools, and templates for test suites and specifications. QA Framework: Specification Guidelines are designed to help make technical reports easy to interpret without ambiguity, and explain how to define and specify conformance. Variability in Specifications is a First Public Working Draft. Formerly part of the Specification Guidelines, the document contains advanced design considerations and conformance-related techniques. Read about QA at W3C. (News archive)

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