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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find W3C news, links to W3C technologies and ways to get involved. New visitors can find help in Finding Your Way at W3C. We encourage you to learn more about W3C.

Call for Papers: Workshop on Usability and the Web

10 September 2002: In collaboration with W3C, NIST is holding a workshop on Web usability in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA (near Washington, DC) on 4-5 November. Participants will discuss the usability of W3C specifications, how they affect usability of software based on them, and how to improve the overall usability of the Web. Position papers are due 20 September. Please refer to the workshop page for details. (News archive)

HLink Working Draft Published

13 September 2002: The HTML Working Group has published the first public Working Draft of HLink. The draft gives the XHTML Family the ability to specify which attributes represent hyperlinks, and how those hyperlinks should be traversed. Comments are welcome. Visit the HTML home page. (News archive)

W3C Workshop on the Future of P3P Announced

13 September 2002: Registration is open through 29 October for the W3C Workshop on the Future of P3P to be held in Dulles, VA, USA on 12-13 November 2002. Participants will discuss Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) technology and policy. Position papers are due 30 September. Visit the P3P home page. (News archive)

Amaya 6.3 Released

9 September 2002: Amaya is W3C's Web browser and authoring tool. New features in version 6.3 include control over whether images are loaded; new preference options; more SVG, MathML, and Unicode support; and support for annotations described with Dublin Core 1.1. Download Amaya binaries for Solaris, Linux, and Windows. Source code is available. If you are interested in annotations, visit the Annotea home page. (News archive)

Internationalization Activity Renewed

6 September 2002: W3C is pleased to announce the renewal of the Internationalization Activity through August 2004. In keeping with W3C's goals, the Internationalization Activity makes it easy to use W3C technology worldwide, with different languages, scripts, and cultures. Visit the Internationalization home page. (News archive)

W3C Offices Expand to Finland

6 September 2002: W3C is pleased to announce the opening of the W3C Finnish Office in Tampere, Finland, hosted by the Digital Media Institute of the Tampere University of Technology. Tarja Systä is Office Manager, and Ossi Nykänen is coordinator. The opening ceremony takes place 11 October in Tampere. Read about W3C Offices. (News archive)

Namespaces 1.1 Last Call Published

5 September 2002: The XML Core Working Group has released a Last Call Working Draft of Namespaces in XML 1.1. Identified by IRI references, namespaces qualify element and attribute names in XML documents. Version 1.1 incorporates errata corrections and provides a mechanism to undeclare prefixes. Comments are welcome through 28 September. Read about the XML Activity. (News archive)

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