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The 2008-09-01 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:
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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team
The Power of Tests: New Licenses Promote Collaboration
W3C announced today its new Licenses for W3C Test Suites. Two
licenses promote two goals:
1. A 3-clause BSD License is designed to enable developers to use
test cases easily, and promote software development and
2. A W3C Test Suite License is designed to enable a W3C Working
Group to create a branded, "Authoritative W3C Test Suite" to
reflect the group consensus process, and to promote
interoperability and stability of performance claims.
W3C appreciates the support of those who suggested these changes,
who provided use cases, and who patiently reviewed drafts.
Last Call: SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference; Primer
The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published the Last
Call Working Draft of "SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System
Reference." This document defines the Simple Knowledge Organization
System (SKOS), a common data model for sharing and linking knowledge
organization systems via the Web. The SKOS data model provides a
standard, low-cost migration path for porting existing knowledge
organization systems to the Semantic Web. SKOS also provides a light
weight, intuitive language for developing and sharing new knowledge
organization systems. It may be used on its own, or in combination
with formal knowledge representation languages such as the Web
Ontology language (OWL). Comments are welcome through 03 October.
The group has also published an update of the companion "SKOS
Primer." Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.
Web IDL Draft Published
The Web Applications Working Group has published the Working Draft
of "Web IDL." This specification defines a syntactic subset of OMG
IDL version 3.0 for use by specifications that define interfaces.
Web IDL is an IDL variant with a number of features that allow the
behavior of common script objects in the web platform to be
specified more readily. A number of extensions are given to the IDL
to support common functionality that previously must have been
written in prose. In addition, precise language bindings for
ECMAScript 3rd Edition and Java are given. Learn more about the Rich
Web Client Activity.
Best Practice Recipes for Publishing RDF Vocabularies Note Published
The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published the Group
Note of "Best Practice Recipes for Publishing RDF Vocabularies."
This document describes best practice recipes for publishing
vocabularies or ontologies on the Web (in RDF Schema or OWL). It is
intended for the creators and maintainers of vocabularies in RDFS
and OWL (vocabulary and ontology are used interchangeably in the
context of this specification). It provides step-by-step
instructions for publishing vocabularies on the Web, giving example
configurations designed to cover the most common cases. Learn more
about the Semantic Web Activity.
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W3C Questions and Answers Blog
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* Make your Data Web Friendly by Karl Dubost
* HTML 5, a new step by Karl Dubost
* The details of data in documents: GRDDL, profiles, and HTML5 by
* Give me a break! CSS WG meeting by Karl Dubost
* Web Directions East 2008 by Karl Dubost
* Past Q&A Blog ...
* W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Energy Industries; Part I: Oil &
Gas, 9-10 December
* More About Workshops...
* W3C Membership Meeting Calendar...
* 1 September, Liverpool, United Kingdom: Web Accessibility and
the Older Population. Andrew Arch presents at HCI and the Older
* 2 September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: From pages to
applications: Mobile Web Best Practices. François Daoust
presents at Mobile Internet User eXperience (MIUX'08).
* 4 September, Erlangen, Germany: Senioren im Web:
Barrierefreiheit für Ältere Menschen. Shadi Abou-Zahra presents
at Webkongress 2008.
* 16 September, Yahoo!'s Mission College Campus, Santa Clara,
California, USA: Introduction to the Protocol for Web
Description Resources. Phil Archer, Matt Womer are at POWDER:
More of what you want, when you want it.
* 23 September, London, United Kingdom: Standardisation vs.
Openness vs. Proprietary Systems - Examining in which Direction
the Mobile Web Industry is heading and why this really Matters.
Dominique Hazaël-Massieux presents at Mobile Web Europe 2008.
* 23 September, York, United Kingdom: How web accessibility
guidelines apply to design for the ageing population. Andrew
Arch, Shadi Abou-Zahra present at Accessible Design in the
* 24 September, Vienna, Austria: Introduction to the Semantic Web.
Ivan Herman gives a tutorial at 2nd European Semantic Technology
* 24 September, Washington, DC, USA: Introducing the W3C
eGovernment Interest Group. Kevin Novak presents at The Next
Generation of Our Public Record:Many Voices, One Voice.
* 13 October, Las Vegas, NV, USA: Accessibility in a Web 2.0
World. Shawn Henry presents at Web Builder 2.0.
* 14 October, Las Vegas, NV, USA: Getting Real with Accesibility.
Shawn Henry presents at Web Builder 2.0.
* 17 October, Poznan, Poland: The Policy-Aware Web meets Virtual
Goods. Renato Iannella gives a keynote at 6th International
Workshop for Technical, Economic and Legal Aspects of Business
Models for Virtual Goods.
* 26 October, Karlsruhe, Germany: RDFa