W3C

Talks by W3C Speakers (2008)

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.

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

  • 2008-05-05 (5 MAY)

    XBRL and the Semantic Web (panel)

    by Ivan Herman

    17th International XBRL Conference

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

  • 2008-05-05 (5 MAY)

    What is the Semantic Web?

    by Ivan Herman

    17th International XBRL Conference

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

  • 2008-05-06 (6 MAY)

    XForms 1.1 (tutorial)

    by Steven Pemberton

    XTech 2008

    Dublin, Ireland

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    XForms 1.1 XForms is a new technology being widely adopted by industry: even though it was designed for forms, as the name suggests, it is capable of, and is being used for, much more. It has been adopted by Open Office for use in its ODF Document Format, and Yahoo! has recently announced its use on their new mobile platform Blueprint. Industry experience is showing that using XForms can greatly reduce the amount of work needed: one company reported that a task that in the past needed 150 person-years needed only 10 person-years with XForms. The advantages of XForms include: * It improves the user experience: XForms has been designed to allow much to be checked by the browser, such as types of fields being filled in, or that one date is later than another. This reduces the need for round trips to the server or for extensive script-based solutions, and improves the user experience by giving immediate feedback to what is being filled in. * It is XML, and it can submit XML. * It combines existing XML technologies: Rather than reinventing the wheel, XForms uses a number of existing XML technologies, such as XPath for addressing and calculating values, and XML Schemas for defining data types. This has a dual benefit: ease of learning for people who already know these technologies, and implementors can use off-the-shelf components to build their systems. * It is internationalized. * It is accessible: XForms has been designed so that it will work equally well with accessible technologies (for instance for blind users) and with traditional visual browsers. * It is device independent: the same form can be delivered without change to a traditional browser, a PDA, a mobile phone, a voice browser, and even some more exotic emerging clients such as an Instant Messenger. This greatly eases providing forms to a wide audience, since forms only need to be authored once. * It is easier to author complicated forms. The presenter is one of the authors of the XForms specifications, and is Forms Activity lead at the W3C. This tutorial introduces XForms step-by-step. It covers essentially all of XForms except some technical details about events, and no more than a passing reference to the use of Schemas. It particularly deals with what is new in XForms 1.1, which is currently at candidate recommendation phase, and is being implemented for several browsers. Emphasis is on how to improve the user experience, and how XForms improves accessibility and device independence, and makes the author's life easy in producing a better experience.
  • 2008-05-06 (6 MAY)

    Verordnete (Barriere-)Freiheit (Prescribed (Barrier-)Freedom) (panel)

    by Shadi Abou-Zahra

    Einfach-für-Alle Tagung
    (Easy-for-All Conference)

    Gelsenkirchen, Germany

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

  • 2008-05-07 (7 MAY)

    Introduzione al Semantic Web (Introduction to Semantic Web) (tutorial)

    by Oreste Signore

    Web Senza Barriere '08
    (No barriers in the Web '08)

    Roma, Italy

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    Basic principles of Semantic Web and related technologies
  • 2008-05-07 (7 MAY)

    Tecnologie W3C per l'e-inclusion (W3C Technologies for e-inclusion)

    by Oreste Signore

    Web Senza Barriere '08
    (No barriers in the Web '08)

    Roma, Italy

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    Generalities about accessibility and main points of WCAG 2.0
  • 2008-05-08 (8 MAY)

    Claves de accesibilidad para las empresas

    by Jesús García

    Expansión Conferencias: Novedades Legislativas para el Impulso de la sociedad de la Información y la Protección de Datos

    Madrid, Spain

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

  • 2008-05-08 (8 MAY)

    Why you should have a Website

    by Steven Pemberton

    XTech 2008

    Dublin, Ireland

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis postulates a link between thought and language: if you haven’t got a word for a concept, you can’t think about it; if you don’t think about it, you won’t invent a word for it. The term “Web 2.0” is a case in point. It was invented by a book publisher as a term to build a series of conferences around, and conceptualises the idea of Web sites that gain value by their users adding data to them. But the concept existed before the term: Ebay was already Web 2.0 in the era of Web 1.0. But now we have the term we can talk about it, and it becomes a structure in our minds, and in this case a movement has built up around it. There are inherent dangers for users of Web 2.0. For a start, by putting a lot of work into a Web site, you commit yourself to it, and lock yourself into their data formats. This is similar to data lock-in when you use a proprietary program. You commit yourself and lock yourself in. Moving comes at great cost. This was one of the justifications for creating the eXtended Markup Language (XML): it reduces the possibility of data lock-in – having a standard representation for data helps using the same data in different ways too. As an example, if you commit to a particular photo-sharing Web site, you upload thousands of photos, tagging extensively, and then a better site comes along. What do you do? How about if the site you have chosen closes down (as has happened with some Web 2.0 music sites): all your work is lost. How do you decide which social networking site to join? Do you join several and repeat the work? How about geneology sites, and school-friend sites? These are all examples of Metcalf’s law, which postulates that the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of nodes in the network. Simple maths shows that if you split a network into two, its value is halved. This is why it is good that there is a single email network, and bad that there are many instant messenger networks. It is why it is good that there is only one World Wide Web. Web 2.0 partitions the Web into a number of topical sub-Webs, and locks you in, thereby reducing the value of the network as a whole. So does this mean that user contributed content is a Bad Thing? Not at all, it is the method of delivery and storage that is wrong. The future lies in better aggregators.
  • 2008-05-08 (8 MAY)

    CSS Template Layout is not only for big grids

    by Bert Bos

    XTech 2008

    Dublin, Ireland

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:

    The CSS Advanced Layout module that is currently under development in W3C grew out of a need to easily create “portal” pages in HTML with different layouts on screens of different sizes, in particular on mobile phones. But it can not only create grids for positioning text boxes and images, but also create very small grids, such as for placing the elements of a mathematical formula.

    This presentation shows how the same idea, the traditional layout grid, can be used at different scales, from a whole document or a printed page, via forms and GUIs, down to an inline formula.

    The CSS rule to define a grid is typically only one line. And the grids are quite independent of the mark-up, which is what makes it possible, e.g., to render subscripts in MathML in front of a symbol, although they come after the symbol in the mark-up.

    The Advanced Layout module thus promises not only to make the “visual semantics” of a document easier to express, but also to make the mark-up, which embodies the rest of the meaning, less dependent on the desired rendering.

    The presentation includes a demo with a (partial) prototype implementation.

  • 2008-05-10 (10 MAY)

    Proposal, shared type/text specification for the desktop

    by Liam Quin

    Relevant technology areas: XML Core Technology and Web of Devices.

  • 2008-05-14 (14 MAY)

    Internationalisering och lokalisering -- språk på webben (Internationalization and Localization - languages on the web)

    by Olle Olsson

    Språk och Internet
    (Languages and the Internet)

    Stockholm, Sweden

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

  • 2008-05-15 (15 MAY)
  • 2008-05-16 (16 MAY)
  • 2008-05-18 (18 MAY)

    State of the Semantic Web

    by Ivan Herman

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    The history of the Semantic Web goes back several years now. It is worth looking at what has been achieved, where we are, and where we are going. Ivan Herman, Semantic Web Activity Lead for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) leads us through this as we prepare for a week of deep discussions with people from all parts of the community of semantic technologies.
  • 2008-05-19 (19 MAY)
    Abstract:
    It’s no secret that just as the web has revolutionised business, the media, and many other parts of our lives, it is also revolutionising how governments and citizens interact, and how government provide services. But how to do it well is still something of a black art. In this keynote presentation, the lead of the W3C's eGovernment initiative, Jose Manuel Alonso, looks at the opportunities the web provides governments, the challenges, old and new, the web poses, and the role of the W3C in helping to develop underlying, interoperable technologies with which to build these services. Jose's presentation will cover best practices and methodologies for providing eGovernment services, and look at case studies of how governments and communities are connecting via the web around the world.
  • 2008-05-20 (20 MAY)

    Fast Forward: Get Ready for Web 3.0

    by Steve Bratt, in cooperation with the Spain Office

    bdigital Global Congress

    Barcelona, Spain

    Abstract:
    The Web has been a tremendous vehicle for global communication, commerce and change. A suite of emerging technologies is leveraging the fundamental principles that has made Web a success, and will enable the useful integration of data, information and knowledge from across the entire Web. Steve Bratt, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), will discuss how new, interoperable standards in areas such Web 2.0 semantic Web, mobility, ubiquity, accessibility and security will foster unbounded, Web-scale mashups of information made available on an increasing range of devices. The benefits of this new "Web 3.0" will be felt by everyone everywhere -- from physicians seeking critical information to deliver better medical care, to farmers in rural Africa looking for the most favorable markets for their produce.
  • 2008-05-21 (21 MAY)
  • 2008-05-21 (21 MAY)
    Abstract:
    eGovernment services are achieving the highest levels of sophistication ever. Several countries are at 100% of online availability and close to perfectly sophisticated services but even so, their usage is not taking off and some good old problems are still unsolved. This talk will review the challenges that governments are still facing and propose ways to tackle them by using open standards, improving transparency and participation and achieving seamless integration of data.
  • 2008-05-22 (22 MAY)

    Bringing SemTech Back to the Business (panel)

    by Ivan Herman

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    With a panel of leaders from the semantic technology industry, this session will give us the opportunity to reflect on the many discussions that have taken place during the week of SemTech 2008 and help us map the course as we prepare to extend those conversations back into our workplaces. We will touch on issues of ROI, making the case for semantic technologies in the enterprise, and what to expect in the coming year in the semantic tech space.
  • 2008-05-23 (23 MAY)

    Il supporto delle ontologie nella ricerca dell' informazione (Ontology support in information retrieval)

    by Oreste Signore

    La strutturazione delle informazioni nella documentazione tecnica
    (Information structuring in technical documentation)

    Udine, Italy

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

  • 2008-05-25 (25 MAY)
  • 2008-05-27 (27 MAY)

    One Big Happy Family: Practical Collaboration on Meaningful Markup

    by Dan Brickley

    Microformats vEvent

    London, United Kingdom

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    This talk explores some ways in which the Microformat and RDF approaches can complement each other, and some ways in which we can share data, tools and experiences between these two technologies. It will outline the often-unarticulated history of the RDF design, the techniques used for parsing and querying RDF data, and the things made easy and hard through this approach. RDF techniques can be contrasted with the different choices made for Microformats. However these differences obscure an underlying similarity that comes from shared ‘Webby’ values.

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

  • 2008-08-01 (1 AUG)

    Why do we need Internet standards and W3C

    by Ori Idan, in cooperation with the Israel Office

    August Penguin

    Tel-Aviv, Israel

  • 2008-08-08 (8 AUG)

    Webstandards e usabilidade para SEO (Webstandards and usability in SEO) (panel)

    by Vagner Diniz and Carlos Cecconi, cecconi@nic.br

    SMX Search Marketing Expo

    São Paulo, Brazil

    Abstract:
    A panel focused on the convergence of webstandards, usability and search engine ranking
  • 2008-08-08 (8 AUG)

    Webstandards e usabilidade para SEO (Webstandards and usability in SEO)

    by Vagner Diniz and Carlos Cecconi, cecconi@nic.br

    SMX Search Marketing Expo

    São Paulo, Brazil

    Abstract:
    During 40 days, W3C Brazil gave 17 talks in 11 different towns in the State of Paulo as part of SENAC\'s series of lectures Planet Web. The audience were about 900 students and small business men and women.
  • 2008-08-08 (8 AUG)

    Conversa sobre padrões web e a evolução da Internet (Talking about webstandards and the future of Internet)

    by Vagner Diniz

    Certforum

    São Paulo, Brazil

    Abstract:
    Like a talk show, runned by Cristina de Lucca, a web journalist, this talk focused on the future of Internet , the role of the open source and a few aspects of security in the Internet
  • 2008-08-16 (16 AUG)2008-08-17 (17 AUG)

    Hot and Spicy Style with CSS (tutorial)

    by Molly E Holzschlag

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    From image replacement to effective navigation and background graphic design, integration with Flash in standards-based design, to anecdotes, and wit and wisdom from the entertaining Molly E. Holzschlag, this two day CSS hands-on methods helps any modern Web designer advance his or her work with CSS, no matter which tool or level of CSS knowledge.
  • 2008-08-18 (18 AUG)

    A importância dos padrões na evolução da Web (The importance of standards in the future of the web)

    by Vagner Diniz

    Seminário da Arquitetura e-Ping
    (Seminar on e-Ping Interoperable architecture)

    Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

  • 2008-08-18 (18 AUG)

    Tecnologia, mercado e novos modelos de produção (Technology, market and new models of production) (panel)

    by Vagner Diniz

    Seminário Ponto Livre
    (Seminar Free Point)

    Brasilia, Brazil

    Abstract:
    In this panel W3C presented its collaborative way of producing web technologies.
  • 2008-08-18 (18 AUG)

    Interoperabilidade e Desenvolvimento de Aplicações Orientadas a Serviços (Interoperability and Service Oriented Application Development) (panel)

    by Vagner Diniz

    CONSEGI Congresso Internacional Sociedade e Governo Eletrônico
    (International Conference on Society and e-Government)

    Brasilia, Brazil

    Abstract:
    Panelists debated the Government Framework for Application Systems Interoperability, based on SOA architecture. W3C presented the improtance of webstandards to evolve this framework.
  • 2008-08-20 (20 AUG)

    Multimodal Standards and Applications

    by Deborah Dahl, Ingmar Kliche, and Raj Tumuluri

    SpeechTEK

    New York, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web of Devices.

    Abstract:
    This presentation will showcase standards-based multimodal applications developed by member companies of the W3C Multimodal Interaction Working Group. It will also demonstrate some laboratory applications that illustrate the principles of the W3C Multimodal Architecture and a deployed healthcare application that enables users to type, speak, and scribble on their mobile devices to record vital readings, highlight regions of interest on images, and submit them wirelessly.
  • 2008-08-22 (22 AUG)
  • 2008-08-28 (28 AUG)

    Affärsmodeller och samarbete på framtidens webb (Business models and collaboration on the future web)

    by Olle Olsson

    Världshandelsdagen 2008 -- "Bortom Web 2.0"
    (World Trade Day 2008 -- "Beyond Web 2.0")

    Stockholm, Sweden

September 2008

October 2008

  • 2008-10-01 (1 OCT)
  • 2008-10-02 (2 OCT)

    ‘Sterke verhalen’ over standaardisatie (Tall Stories about Standardization) (panel)

    by Steven Pemberton

    HubHolland

    Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • 2008-10-02 (2 OCT)

    Working Across Borders (panel)

    by José Manuel Alonso

    OASIS Open Standards Forum

    London, United Kingdom

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    This talk introduces briefly the eGovernment Activity at W3C, how it's evolving, and the expectations of the public sector from standards development bodies like W3C and OASIS, and the prospects for mutually supportive collaborative action, focusing on the cross-border cooperation and data exchange dimensions.
  • 2008-10-02 (2 OCT)

    On the Way to the Semantic Web

    by Klaus Birkenbihl and Ivan Herman, in cooperation with the Brazil Office

    Rio Info 2008

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    High level introduction on the benefits of complementing the Web of documents by a Web of data.
  • 2008-10-06 (6 OCT)

    Les applications et services de l’Internet mobile (Mobile Internet Applications and Services) (panel)

    by Philipp Hoschka

    Relevant technology area: Web of Devices.

    (See also a video format.)

  • 2008-10-07 (7 OCT)
    Abstract:
    Definition of the Open Knowledge Space (OKS) benefits from understanding the state of the art Semantic Web technologies. Build on top of the Architecture of the World Wide Web, Semantic Web technologies provide the enabling interoperability standards for, e.g., semantic searches. In this tutorial, we briefly introduce the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Semantic Web activity, the related core technologies, and consider their applicability in the OKS.
  • 2008-10-07 (7 OCT)

    Webben, Open Source och standarder (The Web, Open Source, and Standards)

    by Olle Olsson

    DFS-seminarium
    (DFS Seminar)

    Göteborg, Sweden

  • 2008-10-08 (8 OCT)
  • 2008-10-08 (8 OCT)

    Os padrões web e seus impactos no futuro do governo eletrônico (Webstandards and their impact on the future of e-government)

    by Vagner Diniz

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    This event was a W3C Brazil and Ministry of Planning joint activity focused on webstandards best practice.
  • 2008-10-08 (8 OCT)2008-10-11 (11 OCT)
  • 2008-10-08 (8 OCT)

    Webb 2.0 och bortom (Web 2.0 and what comes after)

    by Olle Olsson

    ISOC.SE seminarium
    (ISOC.SE seminar)

    Kista, Sweden

  • 2008-10-09 (9 OCT)
  • 2008-10-13 (13 OCT)

    Accessibility in a Web 2.0 World

    by Shawn Henry

    Web Builder 2.0

    Las Vegas, NV, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    Web 2.0, Ajax, rich Web applications, blogs, wikis --- the Web continues to develop. What are the accessibility issues in this next-generation Web? Scripting, once a no-no for accessibility, is a key aspect. Join us to get the latest on how the W3C's new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), and Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) address these Web developments. Learn how to take advantage of current and developing strategies to make dynamic Web content and applications accessible.
  • 2008-10-14 (14 OCT)

    Getting Real with Accesibility

    by Shawn Henry

    Web Builder 2.0

    Las Vegas, NV, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    Accessibility isn't about checklists, it's about making your site more usable to more people in more situations. This session puts standards and guidelines in perspective, and shows you a new approach for developing effective accessibility solutions efficiently. Get hands-on screening techniques that anyone can use, and guidance on including people with disabilities in your project to learn how they really interact with your site.
  • 2008-10-16 (16 OCT)

    Klarspråk och förståelighet på webben - webben som utmaning och möjlighet (Clear language and understandability on the web - the web as a challenge and opportunity)

    by Olle Olsson

    Klarspråkskonferensen 2008
    (Conference on Clear Language 2008)

    Bålsta, Sweden

  • 2008-10-17 (17 OCT)

    The Policy-Aware Web meets Virtual Goods

    by Renato Iannella

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    The Policy-Aware Web is the promise for supporting policy management at the Web infrastructure level. A policy is any set of rules or statements that capture and express the requirements of individuals and organsaitions from a corporate, legal, best practices, and/or social perspective. Currently, policy languages exisit that cover and broadly address the privacy, access control, and obligation management areas. However, what is missing is an overall framework and architecture for these policy languages to interoperate and provide an accountable, enforceable, flexible and trusted experience for the web community. This talk will review the technology challanges that face the Policy-Aware Web, the current policy specifications and the supporting standards and the road forward towards an enhanced web architecture. The goal is to provide a balance between creators, distributors, and consumers of digital goods by providing an open and transparent framework to transact and exchange digital items over the policy-savvy web.
  • 2008-10-22 (22 OCT)
  • 2008-10-22 (22 OCT)
    Abstract:
    In this paper we will briefly describe the W3C eGovernment Activity, showing how it tackles issues in three main areas: open standards, participation and transparency, data integration. We will discuss the W3C process to produce open standards and how adoption of W3C technologies can improve government through better use of the Web. A relevant issue in participation is the accessibility of web sites, an area where W3C invested effort since its beginning. Data integration is a challenging objective, where semantic web technologies and mobile web can play a significant role.
  • 2008-10-26 (26 OCT)
    Abstract:
    RDFa is the bridge between the Web of Documents, targeting at human users, and the Web of Data, focusing on machines. Not only due to the recent uptake of RDFa (Digg, Yahoo!, etc.), learning how and where to use RDFa is essential. This tutorial will introduce the usage of RDFa in real-world use cases and will enable the attendees to work with RDFa both on the client as on the server side. We will create, publish and consume RDFa-marked-up data in the course of the tutorial and discuss advanced aspects, such as dynamic content handling. There are no pre-requisites for participation in the tutorial other than a familiarity with the basics of the (Semantic) Web such as URIs, RDF, XHTML, and SPARQL.
  • 2008-10-28 (28 OCT)

    Padrões Web: passado, presente e futuro (Webstandards: past, present and future)

    by Carlos Cecconi

    Futurecom

    São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2008-10-30 (30 OCT)

    Aspekte der Nachhaltigkeit von Webressourcen: Services, Datenheterogenität und Identifizierbarkeit (Aspects of the sustainability of resources on the Web: Services, data heterogeneity and identification)

    by Felix Sasaki

    University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam

    Potsdam, Germany

    Relevant technology areas: Semantic Web and XML Core Technology.

  • 2008-10-30 (30 OCT)

    Padrões Web: passado, presente e futuro (Webstandards: past, present and future)

    by Carlos Cecconi

    Latinoware

    Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

  • 2008-10-30 (30 OCT)

    Сделаем интернет доступным всем и каждому (Making the Web Accessible to All)

    by Shawn Henry

    User eXperience 2008

    Moscow, Russia

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    It is vital that the Web is accessible given its increasingly key role in government, education, employment, commerce, health care, recreation, and more. Accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. Accessibility also makes websites more usable to older people with changing abilities due to aging, people with low bandwidth connections and older technologies, and people using mobile devices and new technologies. Currently many websites have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for some people to use the Web. In this session, Shawn will demo common barriers, along with quick and easy solutions for avoiding those barriers in your websites. You will learn how to make your website more usable to more people in more situations.
  • 2008-10-31 (31 OCT)

    Стандарты Web Accessibility: Фундамент для международного сотрудничества и локального внедрения (Web Accessibility Standards: A Foundation for International Cooperation and Local Implementation )

    by Shawn Henry

    User eXperience 2008

    Moscow, Russia

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an international forum where industry, disability organizations, accessibility researchers, and government come together to develop consensus-based Web accessibility solutions. WAI's accessibility guidelines are widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility. This presentation explores: - existing accessibility guidelines for Web sites, browsers, and authoring tools; - advanced versions of the guidelines currently in development; - strategies for harmonizing international accessibility guidelines for Web sites, browsers, and authoring tools; - material to help develop local support for Web accessibility, including: developing policies, promoting awareness, providing training, and evaluating accessibility of Web sites; - opportunities to be involved in WAI’s international Web accessibility efforts.

November 2008

December 2008

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