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Day: January 30, 2003

W3C Releases Workings Drafts for XHTML 2.0, CSS 2.1, & WSDL 1.2

The W3C HTML Working Group has released the fourth public Working Draft of “XHTML 2.0.” XHTML 2.0 is a relative of the Web’s familiar publishing languages HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0 and 1.1. The draft contains XHTML 2.0 modules for creating rich, portable Web-based applications. The CSS Working Group has released an interim Working Draft of “Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2 Revision 1 (CSS 2.1).” The draft brings CSS2 in line with implementations and CSS2 errata, and removes obsolete features. The Web Services Description Working Group has released updated Working Drafts of the “Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Version 1.2” and bindings for use with SOAP 1.2, HTTP, and MIME. WSDL is an XML format for describing network services as a set of endpoints operating on messages containing either document-oriented or procedure-oriented information. www.w3.org/MarkUp, www.w3.org/Style/CSS. www.w3.org/2002/ws

W3C Launches XForms Activity & Advances VoiceXML 2.0 to Candidate Recommendation

W3C announced the creation of the XForms Activity. More flexible than previous HTML and XHTML form technologies, XForms separate purpose, presentation, and data. The Activity is producing advanced forms logic, improved internationalization, and rich user interface capabilities. Read the XForms Activity statement and visit the XForms home page. W3C also announced the advancement of the “Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0” to Candidate Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 10 April. VoiceXML uses XML to bring synthesized speech, spoken and touch-tone input, digitized audio, recording, telephony, and computer-human conversations to the Web. www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms, www.w3.org/Voice

Thunderstone Launches Search Appliance

The Thunderstone Search Appliance is intended for organizations seeking the simplest possible software administration, but without giving up the security and performance of a locally hosted solution. It is a complete web-search or intranet-search solution ready to use as soon as plugged into a network. The Appliance is based on Thunderstone’s Texis software. The Thunderstone Appliance allows customers to create as many separate indexes as needed. Thus the administrator may give different groups of users access to content that is appropriate for each group. The Appliance indexes most document formats including HTML, PDF, and word processor files. The Thunderstone Appliance is also the only search solution that indexes JavaScript links and content. The Thunderstone Appliance also indexes Flash links and content. The Thunderstone Search Appliance may be integrated into an organization’s web sites by means of a simple HTML form added to any page. The appearance may be customized by adding an organization’s “look and feel” template, or by using XSLT. www.thunderstone.com