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  • W3C Invites Implementations of Verifiable Credentials Data Model v2.0

    The Verifiable Credentials Working Group invites implementations of the Verifiable Credentials Data Model v2.0 Candidate Recommendation Snapshot. Credentials are a part of our daily lives; driver's licenses are used to assert that we are capable of operating a motor vehicle, university degrees can be used to assert our level of education, and government-issued passports enable us to travel between countries. This specification provides a mechanism to express these sorts of credentials on the Web in a way that is cryptographically secure, privacy respecting, and machine-verifiable. The group is actively seeking comments and implementation feedback for this specification as issues raised in the document's Github repository by 01 April 2024.The group has also published a Working Group Note of VC Specifications Directory, which serves as an unofficial directory for all known Verifiable Credential specifications whether they are released by a global standards setting organization, a community group, an open source project, or an individual. Comments are welcome via GitHub issues.

  • First Public Working Draft: MiniApp Addressing

    The MiniApps Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of MiniApp Addressing. This specification defines how MiniApps are located, which is called MiniApp Addressing, including the specifications for specific MiniApp URI syntax components based on the URI specification and the process to dereference the MiniApp URI. Implementing this specification enables the user agent to locate MiniApp resources.

  • First Public Working Draft: CSS Viewport Module Level 1

    The CSS Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of CSS Viewport Module Level 1. This specification provides a way for an author to specify, in CSS, the size, zoom factor, and orientation of the viewport that is used as the base for the initial containing block.CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

  • First Public Working Draft: Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.3

    The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group published the First Public Working Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.3. This specification provides an ontology of roles, states, and properties that define accessible user interface elements and can be used to improve the accessibility and interoperability of web content and applications. Changes from ARIA 1.2 include: new roles (suggestion, comment, mark), new attributes (aria-description, aria-braillelabel, aria-brailleroledescription) and updates to aria-details to allow multiple IDrefs. Additional changes are in the changelog. Please submit any comments by 21 February 2024. For an introduction to WAI-ARIA and related resources, see the WAI-ARIA Overview.

  • W3C Invites Implementations of Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) - Version 3

    The Dataset Exchange Working Group invites implementations of the Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) - Version 3 Candidate Recommendation Snapshot. DCAT is an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.This document defines a major revision of the DCAT 2 vocabulary ([VOCAB-DCAT-2]) in response to use cases, requirements and community experience which could not be considered during the previous vocabulary development. This revision extends the DCAT standard in line with community practice while supporting diverse approaches to data description and dataset exchange.Comments are welcome via the GitHub issues by 15 February 2024.

  • Hiring: Privacy Lead

    We are excited to announce an immediate job opening: Privacy Lead.W3C is seeking a full-time staff member to lead our Privacy standardization efforts.The position is for remote work from anywhere in the world.

  • W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group

    The W3C Advisory Committee has elected the following people to fill five seats on the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) starting 1 February 2024: Daniel Appelquist, Matthew Atkinson, Peter Linss, Dapeng Liu and Martin Thomson. They join TAG Emeritus Chair Tim Berners-Lee and continuing participants, Hadley Beeman, Amy Guy, Theresa O'Connor and Lea Verou. Yves Lafon continues as staff contact. Many thanks to the 7 candidates, and thanks for contributions to the TAG to the departing participants, Rossen Atanassov and Sangwhan Moon, whose terms end at the end of January 2024.The TAG is a special group within the W3C, chartered under the W3C Process Document, with stewardship of the Web architecture. The mission of the TAG is to build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary, to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG, and to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C. The Members of the TAG participate as individual contributors, not as representatives of their organizations. TAG participants use their best judgment to find the best solutions for the Web, not just for any particular network, technology, vendor, or user. Learn more about the TAG.Starting this election, the W3C Team is implementing new rules set forth by the Process Document regarding TAG appointees. A call for nominations is open until January 5, 2024. Please read about this in --and help promote-- our blog post.

  • W3C Web of Things 1.1 specifications are W3C Recommendations

    The Web of Things Working Group published today three W3C Recommendations and recently updated supporting W3C Notes, thus enhancing with new functionalities the standards that enable interoperability across IoT platforms and application domains:Web of Things Architecture 1.1 describes the abstract architecture for the W3C Web of Things for multiple application domains;Web of Things Thing Description 1.1 describes the metadata and interfaces of Things, which are abstractions of physical or virtual entities that interact to and participate in the Web of Things;Web of Things Discovery supports the distribution of WoT Thing Descriptions in a variety of use cases, including ad-hoc and engineered systems, during development and at runtime, and on local and global networks.These new W3C Recommendations improve and expand the scope of the Web of Things without breaking compatibility with the first release in 2020, using web technology to harmonize access to diverse IoT devices and breaks silo walls. Please, read more in our Press Release.

  • Authorized Translation of WCAG 2.2 in Italian

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the Authorized Italian Translation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2, Linee guida per l'accessibilità dei contenuti Web (WCAG) 2.2. The Lead Translation Organization for this Authorized Translation was the International Web Association (IWA).Translations in other languages are listed in WCAG 2 Translations. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) particularly encourages the development of Authorized Translations of WCAG 2.2 and other technical specifications to facilitate their adoption and implementation internationally. Read about the Policy for W3C Authorized Translations.

  • W3C Invites Implementations of VC Data Integrity, Data Integrity EdDSA and ECDSA Cryptosuites, and VC JSON Schema

    The Verifiable Credentials Working Group invites implementations of the following Candidate Recommendation Snapshots:Verifiable Credential Data Integrity 1.0 describes mechanisms for ensuring the authenticity and integrity of Verifiable Credentials and similar types of constrained digital documents using cryptography, especially through the use of digital signatures and related mathematical proofs.Data Integrity EdDSA Cryptosuites v1.0 describes a Data Integrity cryptographic suite for use when creating or verifying a digital signature using the twisted Edwards Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (EdDSA) and Curve25519 (ed25519).Data Integrity ECDSA Cryptosuites v1.0 describes a Data Integrity Cryptosuite for use when generating a digital signature using the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA).Verifiable Credentials JSON Schema Specification: Among other things, the [VC-DATA-MODEL-2.0] specifies the models used for Verifiable Credentials, Verifiable Presentations, and explains the relationships between three parties: issuers, holders, and verifiers. Verifiability, extensibility, and semantic interoperability are critical pieces of functionality referenced throughout the [VC-DATA-MODEL-2.0]. This specification provides a mechanism to make use of a Credential Schema in Verifiable Credential, leveraging the existing Data Schemas concept.Comments are welcome via GitHub issues by 24 January 2024.

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