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W3C to launch community and business groups


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced plans to launch two new programs in May designed to make it easy for developers, users and other stakeholders to discuss and develop Web technologies.

The community and business groups will be designed to be open forums for developing specifications, holding discussions, developing test suites and building communities around innovation.

The aim is to improve participation opportunities which in the past have been limited to people who are part of a W3C member organisation or an invited expert.

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Call for nominations for the Technology for Good Awards


Nominations are now open for the Technology for Good awards, based in the UK.

Individuals and organisations alike are invited to make nominations for the awards, which are run by BT and AbilityNet  and acknowledge excellence within the UK in the area of each award.

The awards are as follows:

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New standard helps preserve captions on catch-up TV


The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has made freely available a standard that will enable captions from broadcast TV and broadband video programming to work together – or to interoperate.

The official description for the SMPTE ST 2052-1:2010 standard, called Time Text Format (SMPTE-TT) states:

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Australian Government advertises for WCAG 2.0 Content and Compliance Officers


The Department of Finance and Deregulation has posted a job advertisement for WCAG 2.0 Content and Compliance Officers.

According to the advertisement, “The main function of the role will be to address web accessibility issues by assessing, converting and publishing downloadable content, with a primary focus on Portable Document Formats (PDFs).”

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