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

June 2014

  • 2014-06-28 (28 JUN)
    Chaals will explore two possible futures for mobile platforms. In one, open technology supports a powerful base for building applications that run on a wide variety of devices. In the other, incompatible ecosystems compete for mind- and market share, offering ever more powerful, comfortable and enclosing environments. Each of these possibilities has benefits as well as drawbacks, for users, developers, and the people who build the systems themselves. From where we are now, both of these are possible. What are the benefits and drawbacks, and who are the winners and losers, for each scenario? What are the key factors that will lead us one way or the other?

July 2014

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: Browsers and Other Agents and Web Design and Applications.


    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)

    Advancing Portable Documents for the Open Web Platform: EPUBWEB

    by Ivan Herman and Markus Gylling

    Books in Browsers

    San Francisco, USA

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

    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.

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