The World Weide Web Consortium (W3C) is calling for a broad review of HTML5, the next version of the Hypertext Markup Language used to describe webpages, as well as five related specifications that constitute the W3C Open Web Platform. Officially, this is known as entering the Last Call draft stage in which the HTML Working Group encourages people to comment on what's been made of HTML5 so far and whether or not they believe that technical requirements have been met.
This past year we've been hearing a lot about HTML5, the next generation Hypertext Markup Language set to replace the current version of HTML. Just about every new browser release and revision makes mention of new HTML5 tricks that have been coded in, and it's up to the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group to recommend the standard. Are we close to having that happen?
The World Wide Consortium (W3C) Tuesday announced a new tool for managing XML-rich processes such as those found in enterprise environments. Known as XProc, the tool provides a standard framework for composing XML processes and helps streamline the automation, sequencing, and management of complex computations.
"XML is tremendously versatile," said Norman Walsh, lead engineer at Mark Logic and one of the co-editors of the XProc specification, in a statement. "Just off the top of my head, I can name standard ways to store, validate, query, transform, include, label, and link XML. What we haven't had is any standard way to describe how to combine them to accomplish any particular task. That's what XProc provides."
The W3C gave an example of where XProc can be used, such as to sequence the following set of operations: whenever a company is mentioned, use a Web service to contact a stock exchange then (3) insert current share prices into the feed and (4) insert background information about the company that has been extracted from a database. In addition, this enhanced feed could be presented in several ways to multiple users including (5) for print or (6) with an interactive form so that people can purchase shares online.
XProc is supported by a test suite that covers all of the required and optional steps of the language, which also includes all the static and dynamic errors.
You are reading this on the Internet, and it wouldn’t be possible without Sir Tim Berners-Lee. You see, back in the 1980s Berners-Lee came up with a little thing called hypertext. Connect hypertext with TCP, and you get the “world wide web”. Now Berners-Lee is trudging through one of the newer areas of his invention; namely, twitter.
Berners-Lee was just about to get on stage at the Web 2.0 summit recently, but apparently decided he didn’t feel hip enough. He joined Twitter on the spot and you can follow him here. The Internet did not spontaneously explode, so we may be out of the woods. Berners-Lee started off using Tweetie and appeared to be unhappy with the interface. Sir Berners-Lee is the director of W3C, a web standards board. If he trashes your interface, you have some explaining to do