W3C Strategic Highlights, Spring 2019

23 April 2019 | Archive

Pipeline of innovation [Lightbulb design credit: Freepik]W3C released today its W3C Strategic Highlights – Spring 2019, a comprehensive survey of the essential work W3C conducts to achieve a Web for All, and select recent work in many areas where the Web can solve arising problems for real people.

To the pipeline of innovations to enable the Web to scale to meet the new challenges and opportunities, we are making recent additions:

  • W3C chartered a Web Payment Security Interest Group to foster greater coordination and ultimately enhance the security and interoperability of Web payments.
  • Web & Networks: what is needed for the Web to take advantage of 5G, QUIC, and Edge Computing changing the topology of network-based services? We have started to flesh out a group charter in the wake of the W3C Web5G workshop in May 2018.
  • As the Web evolves continuously, some groups are looking for ways for specifications to do so as well. So-called “evergreen recommendations” or “living standards” aim to track continuous development (and maintenance) of features, on a feature-by-feature basis, while getting review and patent commitments.

    Continued progress in many areas demonstrates the vitality of the W3C and the Web community. We see the maturation and further development of an incredible number of new technologies coming to the Web.

EMVCo, FIDO Alliance, and W3C Form Interest Group to Enhance Security and Interoperability of Web Payments

17 April 2019 | Archive

The FIDO Alliance, EMVCo, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced today the creation of a new Interest Group for organizations to collaborate on a vision for Web payment security and interoperability. Participants in the Web Payment Security Interest Group will define areas of collaboration and identify gaps between existing technical specifications in order to increase compatibility among different technologies.

The Web Payment Security Interest Group charter defines a scope of activities that includes formulation of a vision for web payment security, development of use cases, gap analysis, liaisons with other organizations, and identification of standardization opportunities for each organization. The Interest Group does not publish specifications. Technical work is carried out in other groups within each organization.

You can read more in the joint press release.

First Public Working Draft: CSS Spatial Navigation Level 1

23 April 2019 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of CSS Spatial Navigation Level 1. This specification defines a general model for navigating the focus using the arrow keys, as well as related CSS, JavaScript features and Events.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

W3C Invites Implementations of Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0

16 April 2019 | Archive

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0. It defines a format for writing accessibility test rules. These rules can be evaluated fully-automatically, semi-automatically, and manually. This common format allows any party involved in accessibility testing to document and share their testing procedures in a robust and understandable manner. This enables transparency and harmonization of testing methods, including methods implemented by accessibility test tools.

This draft is now complete and ready for implementation testing. It addresses all comments received on the previous drafts and provides important clarifications on different requirements. Read about the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

W3C Invites Implementations of Payment Request API

16 April 2019 | Archive

The Web Payments Working Group has published an updated Candidate Recommendation of Payment Request API. This specification standardizes an API to allow merchants (i.e. web sites selling physical or digital goods) to utilize one or more payment methods with minimal integration. User agents (e.g., browsers) facilitate the payment flow between merchant and user.

First Public Working Draft: Feature Policy

16 April 2019 | Archive

The Web Application Security Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Feature Policy. This specification defines a mechanism that allows developers to selectively enable and disable use of various browser features and APIs.

First Public Working Draft: Strings on the Web: Language and Direction Metadata

16 April 2019 | Archive

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Strings on the Web: Language and Direction Metadata. This document describes the best practices for identifying language and base direction for strings used on the Web.

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