Talks by W3C Speakers (Upcoming)

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.

August 2014

  • 2014-08-20 (20 AUG)

    Develop Multimodal Applications with Free and Open Source Tools

    by Deborah Dahl

    SpeechTEK 2014

    New York, USA

    This talk will discuss free and open source tools available for mobile, multimodal applications, including CMU PocketSphinx JavaScript open source speech recognition, HTML5, Google Android speech recognition, Google Chrome Web Speech API, and iOS speech options (such as iSpeech and OpenEars). Issues to be discussed include language models (support for grammars versus dictation), cross-platform capability, accuracy, open source versus proprietary, online versus offline, and speech and multimodal standards (for example, the MMI Architecture, EMMA, WebRTC, HTML5 and Web Audio).

September 2014

  • 2014-09-04 (4 SEP)

    Building the Web of Data

    by Phil Archer


    Leipzig, Germany

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    What's next for the Semantic Web at W3C?
  • 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)

    Bridging the Web and Digital Publishing

    by Ivan Herman and Markus Gylling

    Books in Browsers

    San Francisco, France

    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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