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- OASIS Call for Participation: Business Document Exchange TC
- Smarter Integration of Web / Broadcasting: Second Workshop on Web and TV
- Apache Xerces-J XML Parser Version 2.11.0 Released
- Thousands of HTML5 Tests Planned by Web Consortium
- Logicworks Unveils InfiniCloud Public Cloud Offering
- eVigilo Delivers First National Cellular Public Warning System
OASIS Call for Participation: Business Document Exchange TC
Staff, OASIS Announcement
OASIS announced the formation of a new 'Business Document Exchange Technical Committee', together with a Call for Participation. "The purpose of the TC is to define specifications for a lightweight and federated messaging infrastructure supporting a 4-corner model for the secure and reliable exchange of electronic documents."
Details: "The foundation for the work will be the specifications developed as part of the PEPPOL project, which provide the infrastructure for public eProcurement in Europe; however, the specifications will be designed for use with any business process. The TC intends to become the maintenance forum for interfaces implemented by the PEPPOL project and similar infrastructure initiatives... The TC does not intend to replace existing messaging service standards. Instead, it will provide a simplified model for the exchange of documents, based on profiles of existing messaging service standards, plus some additional necessary infrastructure.
The primary objective of the TC is to specify an addressing mechanism that supports a 4-corner model. This addressing mechanism may be used with many transport protocols; however, initially the TC will focus on START/LIME and ebMS...
The specific objectives will be to: (1) Establish specifications for a lightweight and federated document transport infrastructure supporting the secure and reliable exchange of electronic business documents. (2) Profile and maintain a robust, secure and lightweight addressing mechanism (SMLP) capable of exposing metadata about endpoints (including supported business processes, content standards, transport protocols, and security requirements) and capable of being operated in a highly distributed environment. (3) Support the dynamic creation of connections based on look-up of services at runtime. (4) Profile and maintain the START (Secure Trusted Asynchronous Reliable Transport) protocol. START is intended to be used as a transport profile between Service Providers in the 4-corner model. (5) Profile and maintain the LIME (Lightweight Message Exchange) protocol, a secure and reliable lightweight messaging protocol. LIME is intended to be used as a transport profile between senders or receivers and their Service Providers in a 4-corner model. (6) Profile and maintain the ebMS 3.0 protocol for use in the 4-corner model with SMLP. (7) Give guidance on using other transports in a 4-corner model. (8) Develop specifications that support service levels appropriate for large scale deployment.
Smarter Integration of Web / Broadcasting: Second Workshop on Web and TV
Staff, W3C Announcement
W3C has announced the second in a series of Workshops on the Web and TV. "The Second W3C Web and TV Workshop takes place in Berlin, Germany, 8-9 February 2011, hosted by Fraunhofer-Fokus...
The IT industry is building the future Web platform at W3C. HTML5, CSS, SVG, and other open global standards for Web technology are starting to be deployed in browsers, and the Web community is enthusiastic about host of new features such as location-based services. W3C is organizing this workshop to bring the television industry and other producers of consumer electronics into the discussion. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to share their own perspectives, requirements, and ideas to ensure that emerging global standards meet their needs.
The convergence of Web technology and broadcasting has already begun. For instance, IP-based television is growing more popular, many countries have begun to recognize the importance of broadband access to their citizens, and many televisions run applications that are partially based on Web or Web-like technologies. Many in the IT industry view these as important transitional steps that can enable a wide new range of interactive services, well-integrated with the Web. The time is thus ripe for the television industry to help ensure this integration can be accomplished in a way that meets the needs of the industry.
Workshop topics are likely to include: the advantages of supporting HTML5 (such as its rich feature set, global language support, and support for accessibility), compatibility with existing television technology, performance issues, the transition from existing approaches to Web-based ones, digital rights management, nomadic user interfaces (where users change devices without losing the flow of their activity), and more. Anyone may participate in this Workshop; a position paper is required and space is limited to 80 people. Position papers are due 7 January 2011 but expressions of interest sooner than that are appreciated..."
Apache Xerces-J XML Parser Version 2.11.0 Released
Michael Glavassevich, Apache Software Foundation Announcement
"The Apache Xerces project team is pleased to announce that version 2.11.0 of Apache Xerces-J is now available. Xerces2 is the next generation of high performance, fully compliant XML parsers in the Apache Xerces family. This new version of Xerces introduces the Xerces Native Interface (XNI), a complete framework for building parser components and configurations that is extremely modular and easy to program. The Apache Xerces2 parser is the reference implementation of XNI but other parser components, configurations, and parsers can be written using the Xerces Native Interface.
Xerces2 is a fully conforming XML Schema 1.0 processor. A partial experimental implementation of the XML Schema 1.1 Structures and Datatypes Working Drafts (December 2009) and an experimental implementation of the XML Schema Definition Language (XSD): Component Designators (SCD) Candidate Recommendation (January 2010) are provided for evaluation.
Xerces2 also provides a complete implementation of the Document Object Model Level 3 Core and Load/Save W3C Recommendations and provides a complete implementation of the XML Inclusions (XInclude) W3C Recommendation. It also provides support for OASIS XML Catalogs v1.1.
This 2.11.0 release expands on Xerces' experimental support for XML Schema 1.1 (see Xerces-J-bin.2.11.0-xml-schema-1.1-beta.zip) by providing implementations for the simplified complex type restriction rules (also known as subsumption), xs:override and a few other XML Schema 1.1 features. Xerces-J 2.11.0 also introduces experimental support for XML Schema Component Designators (SCD). It fixes several bugs which were present in Xerces-J 2.10.0 and also includes a few other minor enhancements..."
Thousands of HTML5 Tests Planned by Web Consortium
Jon Brodkin, Network World
"Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 scored an early public relations victory when the first round of HTML5 compatibility tests from the World Wide Web Consortium had IE9 topping Google Chrome and Firefox. However, W3C is warning against drawing any conclusions based on the early tests, saying thousands of more HTML5 tests are planned. The goal of the tests is not to declare one browser a winner, but rather to help vendors and Web application developers ensure interoperability across all browsers...
So far, the consortium's HTML5 test suite contains 212 tests across seven types of feature categories. But another 1,000 tests are in the pipeline, waiting to be approved for the test suite. While the feature categories tested so far include attributes, audio, canvas, elements by classname, foreign content, video and XHTML5, the W3C will expand that list to include more categories. One area that hasn't been tested yet is Web forms, such as those you might use to type in credit card information.
Manpower limitations, and the fact that the HTML5 specification is still evolving, have so far kept testing from expanding to the extent that W3C envisions. W3C's Philippe Le Hegaret, didn't put a timeline on his testing goals, but says the group is starting to receive more interest from browser vendors and users who can help submit test results and therefore speed the process up.
While a separate Web performance group within W3C does look at performance, the purpose of the HTML5 test suite is to help vendors and developers ensure that HTML5 applications work across all browsers. For example, a developer might check the test results before enabling a certain feature in an application, just to make sure it will work across IE9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera..."
Logicworks Unveils InfiniCloud Public Cloud Offering
Jeffrey Burt, eWEEK
"A year after launching a private cloud solution, Logicworks is rolling out a public cloud initiative that officials say offers more performance and security than efforts from the likes of Amazon.
Logicworks' InfiniCloud will compete with some heavyweights in the public cloud arena, including Amazon with its EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud). InfiniCloud offers many of the same benefits as those other infrastructure-as-a-service solutions, including being open to anyone who wants to use it and enabling customers to pay only for the resources they use.
However, Logicworks is looking to take advantage of its history as a managed hosting provider and apply that experience to the cloud to gain an advantage over Amazon and its ilk, COO Kenneth Ziegler said. InfiniCloud offers customers a full set of managed services for such tasks as application monitoring, server patching, firewall security, intrusion detection, disaster recovery, load balancing and database clustering. It also offers compliance with such regulations as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and Sarbanes-Oxley...
Logicworks also offers high-end servers sporting Intel's Xeon 5600 "Westmere" six-core processors, 40 Gb/s storage networking, and the option of SATA or SAS RAID 10 disk arrays. Such high-performance infrastructure tools are a differentiator with other public cloud solutions which tend toward being lower end commodity servers. Ziegler said such capabilities will make InfiniCloud attractive to a wide range of businesses-- such as media, financial services, retail and health care—that need the flexibility that cloud environments offer but are concerned about performance and security issues. For example, such tools as remote monitoring and automatic scaling let media sites handle spikes in traffic..."
eVigilo Delivers First National Cellular Public Warning System
Feliks Vainik, eVigilo Announcement
"eVigilo, provider of the industry's only fully integrated, multi-technology mass alert platform, announced that its IADC (Integrated Alert Distribution Center) platform was selected by the Israel Defense Forces' Home Front Command to serve as the core technology in the national 'Personal Message' program. The Personal Message program is the Israeli equivalent of the US CMAS program.
The project, in cooperation with Ericsson, will ensure Israeli citizens receive location-based, personal alerts on cellular devices ahead of imminent missile threats and natural disasters. eVigilo IADC enables manual alerts issued by emergency responders as well as full automatic alerts based on sensor input... By using cell broadcast technology, MobileAlert can send specific information to specific groups of people, directly to their mobile device screen, such as the police or residents of a specific zip code. MobileAlert integrates seamlessly with existing technologies and communication protocols, such as email, SMS and IP messaging, making it the ideal, single platform solution that is complementary to existing alert and security systems...
Guy Weiss eVigilo CEO: 'A personal alert via cell broadcast to devices is just the first stage. Future plans call for eVigilo's IADC to be at the core of a multi-application alert program called 'National Message,' equivalent to the IPAWS program in the US. This will include Internet, siren systems, TV (DVB), radio (DAB), telephony, fax, emails and pagers.
eVigilo develops the industry's only fully integrated, multi-technology mass alert platform that can reach millions of people in just seconds -- to enhance safety and security and save lives in emergency situations..."
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