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Talks by W3C Speakers

Many in the W3C community — including staff, chairs, and Member representatives — present W3C work at conferences and other events. Below you will find a list some of the talks. All material is copyright of the author, except where otherwise noted.

Listing is based on the following search constraints:

  • Possible presentation dates: past few months and upcoming
  • Technology area: Web Design and Applications

September 2014

  • 2014-09-24 (24 SEP)

    W3C Open Standards in the Collaborative Enterprise Environment

    by Deborah Dahl

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Web of Devices.

  • 2014-09-25 (25 SEP)

    Crafting User Experience for the Fastest Growing Web Demographic: Older Users

    by Shawn Henry

    WebVisions Chicago

    Chicago, IL, USA

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Browsers and Other Agents.

    Abstract:

    Long gone are the days when young techies were the primary target audience for websites. Increasingly, a key target for websites is older users, especially as Baby Boomers age. Older users' changing needs significantly impact user experience and the definition of good design.

    For example, gray text on a light background can be hard for older users to read due to changes in contrast sensitivity and color perception, small click targets can be painful or difficult due to arthritis and tremors, and audio can be hard to understand due to hearing loss. As we age, most of us have increasing visual, physical, auditory, and cognitive impairments that affect how we interact with computers and websites.

    Is your design considering the needs of older users? If not, many of those users will go somewhere else. That pretty little design might get some visual design accolades, but very well could be losing you customers - ones with money to spend.

    To help know how to design better for older users, there's a rich source of information that's been developing for over 15 years: web accessibility for people with disabilities. The European Commission-funded WAI-ACT project found that existing W3C accessibility guidelines address the majority of older users' web needs.

    In this session we'll explore:

    • top web issues for older users
    • websites and applications that get it right, and those that don't
    • how to use W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to address older users' needs as well as the needs of people with disabilities
    • emerging research and user studies on making text readable for older users and others
    • how to create visually appealing, user-customizable designs that work well for a wide range of users

October 2014

  • 2014-10-23 (23 OCT)

    Bridging the Web and Digital Publishing: EPUBWEB

    by Ivan Herman and Markus Gylling

    Books in Browsers

    San Francisco, USA

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Browsers and Other Agents.

    Abstract:
    Although using advanced Web technologies at their core, e-books represent a parallel universe to everyday Web documents. Their production workflows, user interfaces, their security, access, or privacy models, etc, are all distinct. There is a lack of a vision on how to unify Digital Publishing and the Web. Conceptually, what is important is the *content* for Web documents that should be unique. Whether that content is portable (offline) or online should merely be a particular *state* at a point it time and it should be easy for the user to provide a portable state of the same document, synchronize it with the online version when possible, etc. To achieve this vision the community has to define a general, portable Web document format based on current Web technologies. EPUB3 has already made a huge step in this direction. But technical challenges remain. This includes the usage of a general packaging format both to Web browsers and ebooks; unification of security, privacy, and access control models; general and portable annotation systems; defining general linking and anchoring structures.

November 2014

  • 2014-11-05 (5 NOV)
  • 2014-11-14 (14 NOV)
  • 2014-11-24 (24 NOV)

    Seminario introductorio W3C

    by Antonio Olmo Titos and Charles McCathieNevile

    Workshop sobre tecnologías web actuales

    Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Spain

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    La web no nació con Twitter, y ni siquiera con Myspace. Este año celebramos el 25º aniversario de la triple uve doble. Y durante las últimas dos décadas, el World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) ha sido el principal organismo responsable de impulsar su desarrollo. El catálogo de estándares y documentación que el W3C coordina y mantiene hace que hoy podamos mantener una videoconferencia, jugar en tiempo real y maquetar periódicos digitales en árabe... todo sin salir de un navegador. Y lo que es más importante: manteniendo principios de neutralidad tecnológica, estándares abiertos y el consenso de la comunidad. El W3C no tiene ánimo de lucro, y publica su trabajo gratis, y libre de patentes. Los últimos estándares (HTML5, WebSocket, WebRTC, shadow DOM, por nombrar algunos), la velocidad con que los navegadores los implementan, y los dispositivos ubicuos están creando un sustrato extremadamente fértil. Para un profesional, o para un estudiante, la web es una plataforma ideal: gratuita, abierta, colaborativa, bien documentada y rica en prestaciones. En esta charla se presentará el W3C desde la perspectiva de un ingeniero español que trabaja como programador web en su equipo de sistemas. Hablaremos de HTML como pieza central, pero mencionaremos otras especificaciones que merece la pena conocer. Todo el trabajo del W3C está abierto a la participación y los comentarios de cualquiera que desee contribuir. También se mostrará cómo aprovechar las herramientas, servicios y recursos que el W3C pone a disposición de profesionales y estudiantes.
  • 2014-11-26 (26 NOV)

    Le Web comme plateforme applicative (The Web as an application platform)

    by François Daoust

    Rencontres INRIA Industries: Technologies du Web
    (INRIA meets industries: Web technologies)

    Lille, France

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

  • 2014-11-28 (28 NOV)

    Introducción a W3C y sus herramientas + taller "Test the Web Forward"

    by Antonio Olmo Titos

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    La web no nació con Twitter, y ni siquiera con Myspace. Este año celebramos el 25º aniversario de la triple uve doble. Y durante las últimas dos décadas, el World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) ha sido el principal organismo responsable de impulsar su desarrollo. El catálogo de estándares y documentación que el W3C coordina y mantiene hace que hoy podamos mantener una videoconferencia, jugar en tiempo real y maquetar periódicos digitales en árabe... todo sin salir de un navegador. Y lo que es más importante: manteniendo principios de neutralidad tecnológica, estándares abiertos y el consenso de la comunidad. El W3C no tiene ánimo de lucro, y publica su trabajo gratis, y libre de patentes. Los últimos estándares (HTML5, WebSockets, WebRTC, shadow DOM, por nombrar algunos), la velocidad con que los navegadores los implementan, y los dispositivos ubicuos están creando un sustrato extremadamente fértil. Para un profesional, o para un estudiante, la web es una plataforma ideal: gratuita, abierta, colaborativa, bien documentada y rica en prestaciones. En esta charla se presentará el W3C desde la perspectiva de un ex-alumno de la ETSIIT que trabaja como programador web en su equipo de sistemas. Nos centraremos en HTML como pieza central, pero mencionaremos otras especificaciones que merece la pena conocer. Todo ese trabajo, por cierto, está abierto a la participación y los comentarios de cualquiera que desee contribuir. También se mostrará cómo aprovechar las herramientas, servicios y recursos que el W3C pone a disposición de profesionales y estudiantes. La charla se complementa con un hackatón específico sobre HTML5: se demostrarán los mecanismos de pruebas que están ayudando a que HTML5 esté listo para su publicación definitiva como estándar. Los participantes podrán escribir pruebas sobre la característica de HTML que más les interese, y ejecutarlas sobre su navegador favorito. Además, los resultados se subirán al repositorio central. Es una manera excelente de profundizar en áreas concretas de programación web, y de involucrarse de manera activa en la comunidad que dirige la evolución de la web.

December 2014

January 2015

  • 2015-01-22 (22 JAN)

    Accessibility for the Win: Orchestrating Organizational Buy-In

    by Shawn Henry

    ConveyUX

    Seattle, WA, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:

    Imagine an organization where everyone embraces accessibility — where they are committed to making the organization’s website and other ICT accessible to people with disabilities, where they appreciate the additional benefits of accessibility to all users and to the organization, where they approach accessible design as an exciting challenge, where they are proud of their accomplishments in accessibility. In this engaging session you’ll get a vision and practical guidance to help move your organization in that direction.

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Develop a customized business case for your organization.
    • Effectively use the carrots and sticks for motivating accessibility.
    • Orchestrate successful buy-in sessions to raise awareness and enthusiasm.
    • Reach across your organization with tailored top down and bottom up approaches.

    Shawn will challenge the way many people think about accessibility, and encourage a different approach. Be inspired with ideas and equipped with advice to instigate organizational change for accessibility success.

  • 2015-01-22 (22 JAN)

    Easy Checks for Web Accessibility - Get the Gist (No Experience Needed)

    by Shawn Henry

    ConveyUX

    Seattle, WA, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:

    Get the Gist (No Experience Needed

    Have you ever wondered: “Is this web page accessible?” If you can use the Web, you can get a good start at an answer — no expertise required!

    Whereas web accessibility evaluation tools spit out complex results that require knowledge to interpret, the W3C resource “Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility” provides a different approach. It walks you through some basic accessibility evaluation with guidance for understanding what you are checking. Most people can complete these checks in about 10 minutes once they understand them. If you’re new to web accessibility, it will take some time to learn. From the session, you’ll:

    • Learn simple steps for getting started evaluating 12 aspects of web accessibility.
    • Understand some basic accessibility barriers and solutions.
    • Gain confidence in reporting web accessibility problems.

    This session provides a jump start to understanding and using Easy Checks so that you can start to answer: “Is this web page accessible?”.

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