News from W3C
Ten years ago, on 17 December 1996, W3C published the first standard for style on the Web: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), level 1. CSS Web designers have since enjoyed fine-grain control of page appearance (fonts, colors, layout, margins, etc.) and easier page design and maintenance. CSS can also help make pages more adaptable to more users, including users with mobile devices and some users with disabilities.
W3C is holding a Workshop hosted by MITRE, 27-28 February 2007 in Bedford, MA, USA, to discuss how to facilitate the processing of business transactions and interactions with systems that pre-date the Web, and to address the need to interconnect intranet and/or extranet services using Web technologies.
The Workshop is free and open to both W3C Members and non-members. Space is limited and participation may be limited by organisation. Interested parties are required to submit position papers no later than 10 January 2007.
W3C held its third Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML). The Workshop was held at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad, India, jointly hosted by Bhrigus Software and IIIT. As a result, various requirements on SSML extensions for Asian, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern speech synthesis were identified and prioritized.
W3C has updated its W3C Markup Validation Service and Link Checker with bug fixes, documentation and usability improvements, and a new Validator API for developers. Along with W3C's other Web Quality Tools, the Markup Validator and Link Checker are developed as open source software with the participation of volunteers and support of a large community, and are among W3C's most popular and useful resources.