XML News from Thursday, March 8, 2007

The W3C is restarting its own effort to define a new version of HTML. The initial chairs are Dan Connolly from the W3C and Chris Wilson, Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform team at Microsoft. Interestingly Microsoft has stayed out of the similar WhatWG efforts to develop the next version of HTML. This time the effort is supposed to be more public and open than in the past.

The W3C Cascading Style Sheets working group has posted the third public working draft of CSS3 Text Effects Module. "This CSS3 module defines properties for text manipulation and specifies their processing model. It covers line breaking, justification and alignment, white space handling, text decoration and text transformation." Properties defined in this spec include:

Bill de hÓra and Joe Gregorio have posted the fourteenth public working draft of The Atom Publishing Protocol, a REST-based system for communicating with weblog servers. Changes in this draft are relatively minor and editorial in nature.

The Mozilla Project has released Camino 1.0.4, a Mac OS X web browser based on the Gecko 1.8 rendering engine and the Quartz GUI toolkit. Camino is free for Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.4. It supports pretty much all the technologies that Mozilla does: HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, etc. 1.0.4 is mostly a bug fix release, including fixes for several security problems. All users should upgrade. Mac OS X 10.2 or later is required.