W3C is pleased to announce the launch of the Policy Languages Interest Group (PLING) which is chartered to discuss interoperability, requirements and related needs for integrating and computing the results when different policy languages used together, for example, OASIS XACML (eXtensible Access Control Markup Language), IETF Common Policy, and P3P (W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences).

The past few years have seen an increase in the availability of video content on the World Wide Web and the demand for such content will keep increasing dramatically. Consumers want more content to be made available, in higher quality, and to take full advantage in their living rooms of high definition television. The video industry (television and cable networks, content producers, content delivery systems, etc.) is looking at ways to be ahead of the demand and be on top of the next wave of innovations in the domain. Several factors could slow down the increase, such as lack of interoperability, unsearchable or inaccessible content, or digital rights.

The report of the Workshop on Declarative Models of Distributed Web Applications is available. The report recommends that W3C create requirements for declarative modeling of Web applications, and a gap analysis that identifies where existing standards are insufficient.

The Workshop on Mobile Ajax, co-sponsored by the W3C and OpenAjax Alliance, was held on 28 September 2007 in Mountain View, California. The chairs were Daniel Appelquist of Vodafone, co-chair of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) Best Practices Working Group, and Jon Ferraiolo of IBM, representing OpenAjax Alliance.

The World Wide Web Consortium completed an important link between Semantic Web and microformats communities. With 'Gleaning Resource Descriptions from Dialects of Languages', or GRDDL (pronounced "griddle"), software can automatically extract information from structured Web pages to make it part of the Semantic Web. Those accustomed to expressing structured data with microformats in XHTML can thus increase the value of their existing data by porting it to the Semantic Web, at very low cost.

W3C's most popular service just got better, prettier, faster, and smarter. The W3C Markup Validator has a new user interface and a validation engine with improved accuracy and performance.

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