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This section provides World Wide Web Consortium news, publications, events and announcements from August 2005.
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The XML Query Working Group has published updated Working Drafts of the XQuery Update Facility and its Use Cases. XML Query can perform searches, queries and joins over collections of XDM instances such as documents and databases. The specifications provide expressions to create, modify and delete nodes within those instances.
© W3C: Don Chamberlin, Daniela Florescu, Jonathan Robie
The XML Query and XSL Working Groups have released an updated Working Draft of XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text. The draft defines a language that extends XQuery and XPath to allow full-text searching of XML text and documents. The companion Use Cases Working Draft has also been updated and provides examples for full-text search over data model collections.
© W3C: Sihem Amer-Yahia, Chavdar Botev, Stephen Buxton, Pat Case, Jochen Doerre, Mary Holstege, Darin McBeath, Michael Rys, Jayavel Shanmugasundaram
Position papers are due 31 May for the W3C International Workshop on the Implementation of a Device Description Repository to be held 12-13 July 2006, in Madrid, Spain, hosted by Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo. Participants will discuss the design, implementation and use of a Device Description Repository (DDR) being proposed by the MWI Device Description Working Group. The proposed DDR will provide device information to content and service providers for adapting content to suit client devices.
© W3C: Rotan Hanrahan
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group has released a Last Call Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Working Drafts of Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0, and About Baselines for WCAG 2.0. Following WCAG makes Web content more accessible to the vast majority of users, including people with disabilities and older users, using many different devices including a wide variety of assistive technologies.
© W3C: Ben Caldwell, Wendy Chisholm, John Slatin, Gregg Vanderheiden
The W3C China Office is open in Beijing, China, hosted at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of Beihang University. W3C Offices assist with promotion efforts in local languages, broaden W3C's geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities.
© W3C China
The XML Schema Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of XML Schema 1.1 Part 1: Structures. XML schemas define shared markup vocabularies, the structure of XML documents which use those vocabularies, and provide hooks to associate semantics with them. This draft has changes for XML 1.1, union types, context, canonical forms of values, the Simple Type Definition, and white space handling.
© W3C: Henry S. Thompson, C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Noah Mendelsohn, David Beech, Murray Maloney
The W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) has released the First Public Working Draft of The Disposition of Names in an XML Namespace. This finding on a TAG issue addresses the question of whether or not adding new names to a (published) namespace is a sound practice.
© W3C: Norman Walsh
W3C announces the advancement of XML Linking Language (XLink) Version 1.1 to Candidate Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 1 July. The XLink 1.1 language allows elements to be inserted into XML documents in order to create and describe links between resources. It uses XML syntax to create structures that can describe links similar to the simple unidirectional hyperlinks of todayss HTML, as well as more sophisticated links.
© W3C: Steve DeRose, Eve Maler, David Orchard, Norman Walsh
The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of RIF Use Cases and Requirements. Synthesized from nearly fifty use cases, the document specifies use cases and requirements for a format that allows rules to be translated between rule languages and thus transferred between rule systems. The group invites comments through 21 April.
© W3C: Allen Ginsberg, David Hirtle
The Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Image Annotation on the Semantic Web. Produced by the group's Multimedia Annotation in the Semantic Web Task Force, the draft describes creation, storage, manipulation, interchange and processing of image metadata. Guidelines and an overview of tools and RDF and OWL vocabularies are provided.
© W3C: Jacco van Ossenbruggen, Raphaël Troncy, Giorgos Stamou, Jeff Z. Pan
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