Tags: w3c

Web App Source Code Protection Community Group

This is the worst idea for a W3C community group ever. Come to think of it, it’s the worst idea for an idea ever.

Enabling new types of web user experiences - W3C Blog

Scott gives us an excellent State Of The Web address, looking at how the web can be central to the coming age of ubiquitous computing. He rightly skips through the imitation of native apps and gets down to the potential of just-in-time interactions.

DRM and HTML5: it’s now or never for the Open Web

Dr Harry Halpin writing in the Guardian about the crucial crossroads that we have reached with the very real possibility of DRM mechanisms becoming encoded within HTML:

Most of us are simply happy to launch our browsers and surf the web without a second thought as to how the standards like HTML are created. These standards are in the hands of a fairly small set of standards bodies that have in general acted as responsible stewards for the last few years. The issue of DRM in HTML may be the turning point where all sorts of organisations and users are going to stop taking the open web for granted.

Interview with Ian Hickson, HTML editor on HTML5 Doctor

Bruce sits down for a chat with Hixie. This is a good insight into the past and present process behind HTML.

» 4 August 2012, baked by Bruce Lawson @ The Pastry Box Project

Bruce writes about a worrying trend in standards work:

Tossing a specification that you’ve written in-house, in secret and already implemented onto a table at W3C, saying “here, standardise this” as you saunter past isn’t a Get Out of Jail Free card for proprietary misdemeanours. And it isn’t standardisation.

Responsive Images Community Group

There’s a W3C community group now for looking at the responsive images question.

Vendor Prefixes Are A Rousing Success | Infrequently Noted

Alex weighs in on the newly-reopened debate on vendor prefixes, roundly squashing Henri’s concerns.

CSS vendor prefixes, an answer to Henri Sivonen -

Daniel responds to Henri’s call-to-arms on vendor prefixes. While he stridently disagrees with most of what Henri suggests, there is also overlapping agreement: they both want vendor prefixes to ship only in experimental builds, not stable browser releases.

Aryeh Gregor on being an editor and the W3C process — Anne’s Blog

This encapsulates the difference between the WHATWG and the W3C: a concern for interoperability matched against a concern for procedure.

Steve Jobs and the actually usable computer - W3C Blog

While others recall Steve Jobs’s legacy with Apple, Tim Berners-Lee recounts the importance of NeXT.

Bruce Lawson’s personal site  : Future friendly, or Forward to Yesterday?

Bruce nails his colours to the mast of future-friendliness (and nicely summarises recent heated debates between John Allsopp, Alex Russell and Joe Hewitt).

The web is a different problem | Web Directions

John pushes back against the idea that browser innovation is moving too slow.

Things the W3C Should Stop Doing | Infrequently Noted

I was all set to bristle against an attack on the W3C from Alex …but when I actually read the post, I found it hard to disagree with. If anything, this shows just how much Alex cares about the W3C (probably more than most people).

The conversation in the comments is worth reading too.

Google

A fascinating examination by Hixie of web technologies that may have technically been “better” than HTML, but still found themselves subsumed into the simpler, more straightforward, good ol’ hypertext markup language.

The follow-on comments are definitely worth a read too.

Change Proposal for ISSUE-140 - WHATWG Wiki

An excellent zero-edit counter-proposal from Anne detailing why version numbers are unnecessary and undesirable for HTML.

W3C HTML5 Chinese Interest Group

Some excellent cross-polination between HTML5 and internationalisation — remember the other two Ws that come before Web in WWW.

Thinking about the HTML and XML

Some musings from Norman Walsh. I have to say, I’m still not entirely sure why the HTML/XML Task Force exists. The “use cases” described here are vague and handwavey.

New W3C HTML5 Logo: Looks Ok But Inconsistent, Fire W3C Communications Person Who Led Messaging - Tantek

Tantek is as disappointed as I am with the buzzword-compliant definition of HTML5 being pushed by the W3C.

Instead of providing precision and clarity, they’ve muddied the definition of HTML5 further with yet another “here’s our bucket of things we like which we’re going to call ‘HTML5’” message.

W3C’s new logo promotes HTML5—and more | Deep Tech - CNET News

Curiously, though, the standards group—the very people one might expect to have the narrowest interpretation of what exactly HTML5 means—instead say it stands for a swath of new Web technologies extending well beyond the next version of Hypertext Markup Language.

Repurposing the Hash Sign for the New Web

Documenting the use and abuse of fragment identifiers.

Bobbie Johnson dot org : Ian Hickson on HTML5: “The W3C lost sight of the fact that they have no power”

Bobbie is publishing the interviews he conducted with various HTML5 bods when he was researching his Technology Review article. First up: Hixie.

Mobile Web Application Best Practices

This W3C document is done and dusted: proposed recommendation. Every one of the guidelines for optimising for mobile also holds true for "desktop" sites.

Position Paper for the W3C Workshop on Web Applications and Compound Documents

Here's a little piece of web history: the proposal that was presented and rejected at the 2004 W3C workshop that led to the formation of the WHATWG.

rem @ > 140 characters - Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites?

I couldn't agree more with this rant from Remy. He took the words right out of my mouth.

Unicorn

An all-in-one validator from the W3C: markup, CSS and feed validation.

NASA Joins Web Consortium to Help Improve Universal Access - Yahoo! News

Science meets standards: NASA joins the W3C.

ChangeProposals/KeepNewElements - HTML WG Wiki

An excellently written zero-edit change proposal from Edward O'Connor and others, refuting issues raised by Shelley Powers (I offered to help with this change proposal but I never followed through).

WOFF File Format 1.0 Submission Request to W3C

Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera have formally submitted the WOFF font format to the W3C.

Change Proposal Status

Purely for my own benefit because I keep needing this URL, here are the current outstanding issues registered at the W3C for HTML5.

Bruce Lawson’s personal site : HTML5 details element, built-in and bolt-on accessibility

An excellent piece by Bruce on why the details element needs to be in HTML5.

PF/XTech/HTML5 - ESW Wiki

Your one-stop shop for ongoing accessibility work related to HTML5.

A Brief History of HTML | Aten Design Group

An entertaining and accurate history of markup up to and including HTML5.

New co-chairs for HTML Working Group from Tim Berners-Lee on 2009-08-26 (public-html@w3.org from August 2009)

Maciej Stachowiak is an inspired choice as co-chair of the HTMLWG. His evenhand peace-making has already made him an HTML5 hero.

HTML 5–What I’m Watching at Wendy Chisholm

Wendy gives some commentary from her ringside seat at the theatre of HTML5.

An essay on W3C's design principles - Contents

Bert Bos's 2000 Treatise (published in 2003) is a must-read for anyone involved in developing any kind of format. "This essay tries to make explicit what the developers in the various W3C working groups mean when they invoke words like efficiency, maintainability, accessibility, extensibility, learnability, simplicity, longevity, and other long words ending in -y."

Archive of W3C News in 2009

It looks like XHTML2 is going to get mothballed at the end of this year.

Hypertext Style: Cool URIs don't change.

Eleven years old and more relevant than ever.

W3C Validator Donation Program

The W3C validator—one of the most valuable tools in the web developer toolkit—is in danger. Please help out. And please spread the word.

W3C Validator, now with HTML5 flavour - W3C Q&A Weblog

Henri Sivonen's HTML5 validator has now been integrated into the W3C validator.

HTML: The Markup Language

Mike Smith has extracted all the parts of the HTML5 spec related to authoring (as opposed to error handling, DOM and other user-agent instructions) to create a pure markup spec. Very handy.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

WCAG 2.0 has just entered proposed recommendation status. What a long strange trip it's been.

Call for Review: Updated WAI-ARIA Specification from Shawn Henry on 2008-08-06 (w3c-wai-ig@w3.org from July to September 2008)

Shawn at the W3C wants feedback on the ARIA working draft, particularly "feedback on host language embedding, that is, how ARIA is implemented in HTML, XHTML, SVG, and other host languages." If you don't chime in now, don't bitch later.

Introduction to WAI ARIA - Opera Developer Community

A good overview of ARIA from the mighty Gez Lemon. There seems to be quite a bit of overlap with some HTML5 ideas here.

Selectors

The selector of the beast does not exist.

Update on WebKit accessibility support (Re: WebKit release cycle and dep

The last piece is falling into place. IE8 has ARIA support, Mozilla has ARIA support ...and now WebKit is getting there. Excellent!

Validator S.A.C. - Stand-Alone W3C HTML Validator Application for Mac OS X

For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.

CSS Eleven | Malarkey Rides Again

Here's the in-depth lowdown on the CSS Eleven supergroup announced by Andy at Web Directions South last week.

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : What crisis?

I was feeling very browbeaten after Molly's tirade but count on Jeffrey to put things in perspective.

What's New at The W3C Markup Validation Service

The Validator got a new lick of CSS paint and it's looking good.

W3Conversions .:. Web Standards, Accessibility and Training

Stephanie Sullivan has redesigned. Her site is now almost as smart and sassy as she is. Very nice work, Steph.

CSS10: Ten Year Anniversary of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Happy tenth birthday, CSS.

Documentation of the Programmatic Interface (API) to The W3C Markup Validation Service

The W3C Validator now has an API. It's SOAP only unfortunately, but this could still prove to be immensely useful for rolling into a CMS.

W3C Web API Working Group

Who says the W3C don't have a sense of humour? Check out the logo of the Web API Working Group (who are doing great work, by the way).

Web API Working Group Charter

The W3C proves that it can move with the times: "The mission of the W3C Web API Working Group is to develop specifications that enable improved client-side application development on the Web." This is very good news indeed.

Berners-Lee on the read/write web

An interview with Tim Berners-Lee. He likes blogs.