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W3C calls for nominations in the election for the Board of Directors of W3C, Inc.

25 July 2022 | Archive

handshakeW3C today called for nominations by W3C Members for people to stand for election in the Board of Directors of W3C, Incorporated. The election is scheduled to begin in a month.

W3C Members will compose a majority of the voting seats of the Board of Directors, to bring a diverse multi-stakeholder perspective from the W3C Membership. The Board of Directors Job Description has more details.

Nominations are listed publicly, as they are made.

Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0 is a W3C Recommendation

19 July 2022 | Archive

megaphoneThe Decentralized Identifier Working Group has published Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0 as a W3C Recommendation.

This document defines Decentralized identifiers (DIDs), a new type of identifier that enables verifiable, decentralized digital identity. A DID identifies any subject (e.g., a person, organization, thing, data model, abstract entity, etc.) that the controller of the DID decides that it identifies. In contrast to typical, federated identifiers, DIDs have been designed so that they may be decoupled from centralized registries, identity providers, and certificate authorities. DIDs are URIs that associate a DID subject with a DID document allowing trustable interactions associated with that subject. Each DID document can express cryptographic material, verification methods, or services, which provide a set of mechanisms enabling a DID controller to prove control of the DID. Please read our Press Release to learn more about this tool to empower everyone on the web with privacy-respecting online identity and consent-based data sharing.

Draft Note: W3C Accessibility Maturity Model

6 September 2022 | Archive

The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group has published a first Draft Note of the W3C Accessibility Maturity Model. The W3C Accessibility Maturity Model best practices document enables organizations to implement processes and systems in key areas that can objectively measure whether the correct steps have been taken to keep the entire product experience accessible.

Comments are welcome through 16 October 2022.

W3C Invites Implementations of WCAG 2.2

6 September 2022 | Archive

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) invites implementations of the Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2. Please see status and updates in What’s New in WCAG 2.2 Draft. Please submit implementations and any comments by 4 October 2022.

Geolocation API is a W3C Recommendation

1 September 2022 | Archive

The Devices and Sensors Working Group has published Geolocation API as a W3C Recommendation.The Geolocation API provides access to geographical location information associated with the hosting device.

The Devices and Sensors Working Group is updating this specification in the hope of making it a “living standard”. As such, the Working Group has dropped the “Editions” and aims to continue publishing updated W3C Recommendations of this specification as new features are added or bugs get fixed.

W3C Invites Implementations of Web Share API

30 August 2022 | Archive

The Web Applications Working Group invites implementations of a Candidate Recommendation Snapshot of Web Share API. This specification defines an API for sharing text, links and other content to an arbitrary destination of the user’s choice. The available share targets are not specified here; they are provided by the user agent. They could, for example, be apps, websites or contacts.

First Public Working Draft: Verifiable Credentials Data Model v2.0

11 August 2022 | Archive

The Verifiable Credentials Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft today for the Verifiable Credentials Data Model v2.0. This specification provides a mechanism to express credentials (driving license, university degree, vaccination documents, etc.) on the Web in a way that is cryptographically secure, privacy respecting, and machine-verifiable.

This First Public Working Group Draft is, essentially, identical to the Verifiable Credentials Data Model v1.1 Recommendation, published by the Working Group in March 2022. It is a starting point for the development of what will become the next major revision of the technology.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization

28 June 2022 | Archive

handshakeWe are pleased to announce today that W3C is to become a public-interest non-profit organization. The design of the new legal entity has been taking several years because of the imperative to preserve the core mission of the Consortium to shepherd the web by developing open standards with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community. In the months leading to the launch of a new legal entity in January 2023, we will release further details. Please find more information in our media advisory about the original Hosted model that is being replaced and what it helped W3C accomplish in 28 years, the reasons for change and why we must preserve our standards development process, and our next steps.

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