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W3C TPAC 2022 will be a hybrid meeting

11 April 2022 | Archive

We are able today to confirm that W3C’s annual conference, the Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meeting known as “TPAC” will be held as a hybrid meeting on 12-16 September 2022.

The main in-person hub will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Canada and we are also planning to have a hub in China to provide an in-person gathering place to support a minimum number of sessions.

Our main goal for this meeting is to ensure the safety of our onsite attendees and make sure that all the participants, whether remote or in-person, have a fruitful and valuable experience. The usual group meetings and breakout sessions will take place as well as other type of sessions. We expect registration to open early July.

We are in the process of optimizing the many aspects of the whole event in order to accommodate the hybrid format, and so will share in the coming weeks details on the agenda, the hotel rooms booking, the registration fees and the health rules.

Call for Review: Geolocation API is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

7 April 2022 | Archive

The Devices and Sensors Working Group has just published a Proposed Recommendation of Geolocation API, which provides access to geographical location information associated with the hosting device. Comments are welcome through 5 May 2022.

First Public Working Draft: Region Capture

5 April 2022 | Archive

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Region Capture. This document introduces an API for cropping a video track derived from display-capture of the current browsing context.

Last Call for Review of Proposed Corrections: Media Queries Level 3

5 April 2022 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has proposed corrections to the W3C Recommendation of Adidas Stan Smith hite/Green' size 13. HTML4 and CSS2 currently support media-dependent style sheets tailored for different media types. For example, a document may use sans-serif fonts when displayed on a screen and serif fonts when printed. ‘screen’ and ‘print’ are two media types that have been defined. Media queries extend the functionality of media types by allowing more precise labeling of style sheets.

A media query consists of a media type and zero or more expressions that check for the conditions of particular media features. Among the media features that can be used in media queries are ‘width’, ‘height’, and ‘color’. By using media queries, presentations can be tailored to a specific range of output devices without changing the content itself.

Comments, including implementation experience, are welcome via GitHub through 6 June 2022.

W3C invites implementations of WebXR Device API

31 March 2022 | Archive

The Immersive Web Working Group invites implementations of Adidas Climalite Full Zip Hooded Jacket. This specification describes support for accessing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, including sensors and head-mounted displays, on the Web.

Comments are welcome as GitHub issues by 28 April 2022.

Draft Notes: Uighur Gap Analysis, Perso-arabic Kashmiri Gap Analysis

29 March 2022 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published Uighur Gap Analysis and Perso-arabic Kashmiri Gap Analysis as Draft Notes. Uighur Gap Analysis describes and prioritises gaps for the support of Uighur on the Web and in eBooks. Perso-arabic Kashmiri Gap Analysis describes and prioritises gaps for the support of Kashmiri language using the Perso-arabic orthography on the Web and in eBooks. They are concerned with text layout. They check that needed features are supported in W3C specifications, in particular HTML and CSS and those relating to digital publications.

W3C CEO letter for Web 33rd anniversary

28 March 2022 | Archive

The web turned 33 last week. In March 1989, while at CERN, our Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote “Information Management: A Proposal”. Tim’s memo, which outlined the World Wide Web, was about to revolutionize communication around the globe for generations and decades to come.

W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe reflected last week on how the web became the ultimate tool of resilience for the world, as was made clear by two years of pandemic, and the critical role that W3C plays in making that happen.

First Public Working Draft: Autoplay Policy Detection

15 March 2022 | Archive

The Media Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Nike Girls Bike Shorts. This specification provides web developers the ability to detect if automatically starting the playback of a media file is allowed in different situations.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

W3C/SMPTE Workshop Report: Professional Media Production on the Web

14 March 2022 | Archive

W3C is pleased to announce a report from the W3C/SMPTE Workshop on Professional Media Production on the Web, held online in October/November 2021.

This report contains a brief summary, collects highlights from the live sessions, links to the presentation videos, and details next steps.

The workshop connected the web platform and the professional media production communities and explored evolutions of the web platform to address professional media production requirements. 24 workshop talks were published in October 2021, about 40 issues were discussed online, and 3 live sessions were held mid-November 2021 that convened more than 75 experts to exchange on specific media production needs for the web platform.

The main outcomes are that:

  • The web platform already provides building blocks to enable core media production scenarios.
  • These building blocks are not powerful enough to create full-fledged experiences on client devices.
  • Most of the gaps raised during the workshop touch on API features in specifications that are already being developed. There is however benefit to coordinating effort to make sure that media production needs are correctly captured and addressed in ongoing standardization activities.

Workshop discussions call for a more in-depth analysis of some of the topics, and workshop participants propose the creation of a Media Production Task Force that the Media & Entertainment Interest Group could host. The Task Force would be scoped to professional media production using the web platform, and responsible for documenting use cases and needs specific to professional media production, quantifying performance issues, promoting proposals to working groups and implementers, and tracking standardization progress and implementations. Workshop organizers are working with workshop participants and Media & Entertainment Interest Group chairs to facilitate the creation of the task force.

W3C thanks our sponsor, Adobe, the 90 Degree active tank top, workshop speakers, SMPTE, and all participants for making this event possible.

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