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W3C Weekly News - 5 November 2005

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                      29 October - 5 November 2005

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XSLT 2.0, XML Query and XPath 2.0 Are W3C Candidate Recommendations

  W3C is pleased to announce eight Candidate Recommendations for XSLT,
  XML Query and XPath. Comments are welcome through 28 February. XSLT
  transforms documents into different markup or formats. Important for
  databases, search engines and object repositories, XML Query can
  perform searches, queries and joins over collections of documents.
  Both XSLT 2 and XQuery use XPath expressions and operate on XPath
  Data Model instances. Read the press release and visit the XML home
  page.

   http://www.w3.org/2005/10/xslt-xquery-xpath-cr-pressrelease
   http://www.w3.org/XML/

   * XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 2.0:
     Transforms data model instances (XML and non-XML) into other
     documents including into XSL-FO for printing
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xslt20-20051103/

   * XQuery 1.0: An XML Query Language:
     An XML-aware syntax for querying collections of structured and
     semi-structured data both locally and over the Web
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xquery-20051103/

   * XML Syntax for XQuery 1.0 (XQueryX):
     A precise representation in XML of the XML Query language,
     suitable for machine processing and introspection
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xqueryx-20051103/

   * XML Path Language (XPath) 2.0:
     Expression syntax for referring to parts of XML documents
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xpath20-20051103/

   * XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Data Model (XDM):
     Representation and access for both XML and non-XML sources
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xpath-datamodel-20051103/

   * XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Functions and Operators:
     The functions you can call in XPath expressions and the
     operations you can perform on XPath 2.0 data types
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xpath-functions-20051103/

   * XSLT 2.0 and XQuery 1.0 Serialization:
     How to output the results of XSLT 2.0 and XML Query evaluation
     in XML, HTML or as text
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xslt-xquery-serialization-20051103/

   * XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Formal Semantics:
     The type system used in XQuery and XSLT 2 via XPath defined
     precisely for implementers
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/CR-xquery-semantics-20051103/

   * Working Drafts also published:

     + XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text:
       A full-text retrieval facility for XPath, XSLT and XML Query
       http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-xquery-full-text-20051103/

     + XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text Use Cases:
       Examples for full-text search over data model collections
       http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-xmlquery-full-text-use-cases-20051103/

Working Draft: WSDL 2.0 RDF Mapping

  The Web Services Description Working Group has released the First
  Public Working Draft of "Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
  Version 2.0: RDF Mapping." The draft describes the WSDL 2.0 components
  in the Resource Description Language (RDF) and in the Web Ontology
  Language (OWL) so that all WSDL 2 documents can be merged with other
  Semantic Web data. Visit the Web services home page.

   http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-wsdl20-rdf-20051104/
   http://www.w3.org/2002/ws/

Working Drafts: Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS)

  The Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group released
  updated Working Drafts of the "SKOS Core Guide" and "SKOS Core
  Vocabulary Specification." The drafts explain how to express
  classification schemes, thesauruses, subject heading lists, taxonomies,
  terminologies, glossaries and other types of controlled vocabulary in
  RDF. Previous SKOS work was supported by the European project
  SWAD-Europe. Visit the Semantic Web home page.

   http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-swbp-skos-core-guide-20051102/
   http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-swbp-skos-core-spec-20051102/
   http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/

Character Model: Normalization

  The Internationalization Core Working Group has published an updated
  Working Draft of "Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0:
  Normalization" to improve text manipulation on the Web. Based on the
  character model Fundamentals W3C Recommendation, the draft provides
  authors of specifications, software developers, and content developers
  with a common reference for text normalization and string identity
  matching. Visit the Internationalization home page.

   http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-charmod-norm-20051027/
   http://www.w3.org/International/

Working Draft: Scope for Mobile Web Best Practices

  The Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group has released an updated
  Working Draft of "Scope of Mobile Web Best Practices." This document
  outlines deliverables such as guidelines for content delivery and
  display on mobile and small-screen devices, and identifies the goal of
  one Web. Read about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, a joint effort by
  authoring tool vendors, content providers, handset manufacturers,
  browser vendors and mobile operators.

   http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-mobile-bp-scope-20051103/
   http://www.w3.org/Mobile/

W3C Holds Workshop on Internationalizing SSML

  W3C held the Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup
  Language (SSML) on 2-3 November hosted by IBM at the IBM China Research
  Lab in Beijing, China. Attendees discussed ways to improve rendering of
  non-English natural languages using the SSML W3C Recommendation which
  generates synthetic speech and controls pronunciation, volume, pitch
  and rate. Read the agenda, about W3C Workshops and visit the Voice
  Browser Activity home page.

   http://www.w3.org/2005/08/SSML/ssml-workshop-cfp
   http://www.w3.org/2003/08/Workshops/
   http://www.w3.org/Voice/

Become a W3C Supporter

  We are pleased to launch the W3C Supporters Program. W3C welcomes
  payments and goods such as hardware and software to support W3C's
  operations. Premier, Major, and Contributing Supporters are
  acknowledged on the W3C Web site, and may use logos on their own sites
  as emblems of their support for W3C. Read about W3C and about the W3C
  Supporters Program. W3C wishes to thank all current W3C Supporters.

   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/sup
   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/

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