Whoa! Apologies for dropping off the radar! I was supposed to upload this video before Anne and I took off to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, but had a crazy week at work and didn’t get time. Anyway, here is the Anne’s, Lachlan’s, and Marcos’ take on TPAC. What we learned, some interesting (and hopefully still relevant) news about the W3C, and a summary of what some of the key working groups (HTML, Web Apps, CSS) reached consensus on during the week! Enjoy!
Anne, Lachlan, and Marcos will be bringing you coverage from W3C’s most important event of the year: Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee Meetings Week (TPAC). It’s basically W3C’s social event where all the working groups have a chance to intermingle, exchange ideas, eat too much and get really drunk! yes, we will have the cameras ready to catch all the action!:)
In this episode, Marcos and Anne talk about which groups are meeting throughout the week and other happenings.
If you want us to interview anyone in particular, please let us know!
While at Web Directions South, Lachlan caught up with Mike(tm) Smith, co-chair of the W3C’s HTML Working Group, to talk about the process of standardization at the W3C. Mike(tm) Smith, who is also a W3C team contact, describes what is standardization and how it relates to HTML5. Mike brings some reality to how standardisation of HTML5 is happening from someone who is actually there on the ground helping it all happen.
Hi Standards Suck fans! Sorry for the delay between videos, we’ve all been really busy pumping out W3C specs and working on various things. Fortunately, Lachlan was allowed to leave his cave at Opera software and return to his native Australia for the 2008 Web Directions South Conference. While there, Lachlan caught up with author and veteran web developer, Kevin Yank, to discuss what sucks about today’s CSS support in browsers. Kevin discusses what developers really want from CSS, where browsers are at today with regards to CSS support, and using CSS table layouts in IE8. Do you agree with Kevin?
On the 20-24th of October we’ll be at the W3C’s 2008 Tech Plenary, where all the W3C Working Groups meet to share ideas drink and eat too much. We will have our trusty Web cams ready to catch all the action and get some great interviews. If you want us to interview anyone in particular, leave us a comment!
We are also working on a new design for the site so it doesn’t looks so sucky. Hopefully we should have something up before TPAC.
Marcos catches up with Harry Halpin, W3C’s GRDDL Working Group Chair and evil genius, at the Oxford Internet Institute in the UK. Harry talks about the use cases for GRDDL (Gleaning Resource Descriptions from Dialects of Languages – yep, great name! 😛 ), an alternative way to view the Web, and gives some excellent suggestions as to how we can bridge the HTML Web and Semantic Web divide.
Lachlan caught up with Wilhelm Joys Andersen, Head of Core QA at Opera Software, who describes a secret plot to reveal bugs in web browsers and force them to obey the specified rules. As the world becomes overrun with test cases, he still claims it’s not enough.
Anne caught up with Lachlan Hunt, editor of the Selectors API specification, in Oslo, Norway. Lachlan describes the purpose of the spec and who’s implementing it, as well as outstanding issues and fancy new features that the WebAPI Working Group wants to add in due course.
(We hope to put the original video online at some point.)
During XTech2008, Anne and I had a chance to sit down and talk about the current state of the “ARIA in HTML5” debate. Anne gives an overview of ARIA and the controversy over naming of ARIA attributes and makes some suggestions as to how the community can move forward.
(We will try to make the original video files available in due course. Flash sucks too, but it’s our best bet currently.)