During TPAC, Lachlan caught up with Ian Hickson (Hixie), editor of the HTML 5 specification. Hixie discusses the tools he uses to gather and respond to feedback, which is fundamental to the open development of the standard. Hixie clarifies the whole “when will HTML5 be ready?!” thing and gives us some details about what part of the spec he is working on now.
The YouTube video Ian mentions showing off HTML5 features in today’s cutting-edge browsers:
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!
On top of the roof of Africa, Marcos and I took a nineteen second holiday break to bring you the following Standards Suck episode. It hopefully explains why we went on hiatus for a while. Publishing of the remaining episodes made during TPAC will hopefully resume shortly.
While relaxing by the beach in Mandelieu, Ben Millard and Lachlan Hunt had a chat about contributing to HTML working group. In particular, Ben discusses how he studied data tables used on the web and how that led to creating an improved algorithm for understanding the structure of a table, helping to improve accessibility.
Since we cannot get enough of the Internet Explorer Team here at Standards Suck we had Lachlan Hunt talk with Chris Wilson on his perspective of Microsoft’s new browser and his W3C HTML Working Group chairing hat. As you can see in the background France is still lovely which makes you wonder why we sit inside most of the day.
The W3C HTML Working Group is meeting Thursday and Friday this week by the way, in case you are interested in attending.
Anne interviewed Alex Mogilevsky here in Mandelieu during TPAC on CSS and the new Internet Explorer. Alex is a developer on the IE Team working on the new IE8 layout engine. He also participates in the W3C CSS Working Group.
Here in Mandelieu Marcos Caceres interviewed Anne’s manager on Web Apps, being a chair, and RDF & HTML5. Charles McCathieNeville works for Opera Software (duh) and is the Chief Standards Officer there. He travels around the world promoting standards and discussing them. And in some other time he chairs the W3C Web Apps Working Group and edits the progress events specification.
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.