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The Open Web Platform is Transforming Payments

To help ensure that the Web evolves to meet new industry needs, we’re convening banks, processors, regulators, card networks, e-commerce companies, telecom operators, multiple service operators (MSOs), hardware vendors, browser and software vendors and others who are shaping the way Web Payments are developed, to discuss topics such as:

  • Reducing cart abandonment rates.
  • Reducing security and reduce fraud.
  • Fostering digital payment method innovation both on the Web and in-store.
  • Facilitating digital offers including loyalty programs and coupons.
  • Addressing payments in more device contexts such as in-car payments, Internet of Things payments and virtual reality payments.
  • The impact of emerging regulations on Web architecture and capabilities.
  • Harmonization with other standards efforts such as FIDO authentication, EMVCo tokenization and 3D Secure, and others.

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Securing a strong future for EPUB. Exploring new ideas for every sort of digital publication. Bringing business needs to the technical community: These are the goals of Publishing@W3C. In the last few weeks, we’ve heard from both the broad digital publishing community and the leadership of the Publishing Business Group. We’d like to share with you our renewed commitment to our mission, and some changes in our organizational structure to better achieve these goals.
Most importantly, thank you to everyone who took the EPUB Survey. We are surprised and delighted that 270 people so far have responded to an admittedly very long survey. Even better, the in-depth and thoughtful responses have provided us with a wealth of information and insight into the needs and wants of the community. EPUB remains critically important to the digital publishing world. If you haven’t yet taken the survey, go to the survey and let us know what you think!
Going forward, we hope to have three groups working on the various facets of digital publishing:

  • An EPUB 3 Working Group to secure the future of EPUB.
  • A Publishing Community Group to explore and incubate new ideas, as well as collect feedback from the broader community.
  • And finally, the Publishing Business Group to advocate for business needs, work on communication and outreach, and coordinate with the other groups. This structure provides many different ways for organizations and individuals to contribute.

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UX India 2016 conference on “Impact of Inclusive Design”

Presentation by Mr. Srinivasu Chakravarthula on “Impact of Inclusive Design” is available here

1.2m disabled people live alone in country

At least 1.2 million disabled people in India are living in households consisting only of persons with disability . While the total population of the disabled increased by just over 22% over a decade, from almost 22 million in the 2001 to 26.8 million in 2011, the number of disabled persons living on their own has nearly doubled, jumping by 84% in the same period. This is revealed in the latest figures on disabled persons and household size released by the census. About 6.3 lakh disabled persons lived alone in single member households and 2.7 lakh twomember households had two disabled persons each (about 5.5 lakh in all) staying on their own in households without any non-disabled person. While single member households consisting of a lone person with disability increased by 48% from 4.2 lakh in 2001 to 6.3 lakh in 2011, the number of twomember households in which both were disabled increased almost one and a half times from 1.1 lakh to 2.7 lakh in the same period.Among the larger states, Jammu and Kashmir has the highest proportion of households with at least one person with disability, over 12%, followed by Odisha with 10% of such households. Interestingly, in Delhi and Tamil Nadu, which have strong disability rights movements compared to other states, only 5% of households were identified as having one or more disabled persons. These movements have maintained that official data is underestimating the actual number of disabled people in India. In the 2011 census, 92% of the nearly 25 crore households had no disabled persons. Over two crore households had one or more disabled persons. Almost 71% of these households were in rural areas while the remaining 60.5 lakh-plus were in urban areas.

THE WORLD AT YOUR FEET - Pen drive: How you can be your own publisher

Many Indians today want to be authors. Self-publishing agencies claim that from one query a month about their services, it's now one a day . Wannabe writers should start by listing goals. Are they self-publishing for private consumption or public success? Jaya Jha of Pothi, a self-publishing agency , says some like the freedom and control it offers and the fact that they can build their own brand in the age of internet. “But many still see it as the last resort. For them, it may not work out that well.“ SPEND A LITTLE As master of the manuscript, the author needs to make key decisions. While services like Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) make it pos sible to publish online with zero investment, successful authors advise backing the creative endeavour with a little cash. When Mainak Dhar self-published `Zombiestan' on KDP in 2011, he shelled out $500-700 for an editor and cover design. He paid $125 for an ISBN number, though this book-identifying marker isn't mandatory for ebooks. “It gave the exer cise a professional touch,“ says Dhar, who has over 10 books on the Amazon bestseller list.But e-books have low penetration in India. Eventually , to be a bestseller here you need a regular book deal and the retail network that comes with it. But writers can jumpstart success by self-publishing.

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